Chatham University

MFA Creative Writing
Faculty and Staff

William Lenz
Pontious Professor of English and Dean for Undergraduate Innovation

Hometown : Haverstraw, NY
Joined Chatham : 1980

Academic Areas of Interest

Nineteenth-century American Literature, American Exploration, American Humor, Travel and Tourism, Popular Culture, Chatham Abroad, Chatham Scholars

Personal Areas of Interest

Travel, pug dogs, snorkeling and scuba


William E. Lenz is Pontious Professor of English at Chatham University and Dean for Undergraduate Innovation. A member of the English Department since 1980, Dr. Lenz has taught writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis at virtually every level of the institution. He had headed and taught in the First Year Seminar Program, offered American literature classes from surveys to upper-level seminars, directed the Chatham Scholars Program, and taught content courses in the graduate MFA program in Creative Writing. He has traveled on Chatham Abroad with students to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Belize and Guatemala, and to Hopital Albert Schweitzer for service-learning in Haiti. Dr. Lenz is the author of three books and numerous papers and articles on American literature and culture.