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Tom Pfister

Tom Pfister

Senior Lecturer in English

Office: LA 258-E



PhD, English (1996), University of Wisconsin, Madison

MFA, Printmaking (2007), Idaho State University

MA, English (1987), Northwestern University

MS, Advertising (1980), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

BA, English(1977), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I have been teaching at ISU since 1996. Currently, I teach English 1101, 1101P and 1102. I completed a scholarly (unpublished) manuscript titled “The Age of Delicacy: Sensibility, Imagination, and Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” I now devote my energies to producing works of fiction. I recently completed a four-novel series based on three generations of my Norwegian ancestors: “From Castle to Cottage,” “From Cottage to Castle,” “The Melbys of Minneapolis,” and “A House Afire.” Other unpublished novels include “Not the Marrying Kind,” “A Mistake in Marriage,” and “My Life in Ballet.” I have also written a volume of short stories and a trilogy of novelettes titled “Women with History.” At the moment, I am drafting another trilogy titled “Women Out of Love.”  In my spare time, I enjoy printmaking and gardening.   

Recent Courses Taught

1102: Writing and Rhetoric II

1101: Writing and Rhetoric I

1101P: Writing and Rhetoric I Plus