Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.
Expertise: modern and contemporary literature (Philip Roth)
Emily H. Fisher Chair in Literature. Dr. Rodgers is the author of Philip Roth (Twayne United States Authors Series, 1978), Philip Roth: A Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 1974; revised and expanded edition, 1984), and Voices and Visions: Selected Essays (University Press of America, 2001). His essays and reviews on modern and contemporary American literature and culture, as well as on writers such as Aharon Appelfeld, Peter Gay, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Czeslaw Milosz, Salman Rushdie, and Jiri Weil, have been published in the Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual, Magill’s Literary Annual, Magill’s Survey of World Literature, Masterplots II, Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, Chicago Review, The Chicago Tribune, Illinois Issues, The Berkshire Eagle, and the World & I, and broadcast on WBBM-AM and WNIB-FM in Chicago. He is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and an advisory editor of the journal Philip Roth Studies. From 1989-1995 he was both a member and a chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and regularly serves as a visiting team chair for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Rodgers served as a vice president of Bard College and the dean of Simon’s Rock from 1987 to 2004; he came to Simon’s Rock as Dean of Academic Affairs in 1985. Before coming to Simon’s Rock, his administrative career included serving as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, Assistant Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and assistant producer and producer of the University of Chicago’s daily television program Perspectives. He was also an assistant professor of English and Humanities and a department chair in the College Acceleration Program of City Colleges of Chicago—a program that offered courses for college credit to high school seniors. In Chicago he also lectured, evaluated, and consulted for projects sponsored by the NEH, the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Chicago Public Library. Dr. Rodgers began his career as a teacher of English and director of drama at Somers Central High School in Westchester County, New York. He spent 1979-1980 as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature in Lublin, Poland. BS magna cum laude, Mount Saint Mary’s College; MA, University of Bridgeport; PhD with honors, University of Chicago.