Shawn Gillen

Academic Specialties and Other Interests

I teach courses in creative writing, American and Irish Literature, and journalism. My favorite courses to teach include Modern American Literature and Music, Writing about Music, Sports, and Culture, and a capstone seminar about James Joyce’s Ulysses.

I work closely with students interested in pursuing careers in journalism, broadcast journalism, and other types of professional writing and editing. Beloit alumni are always willing to offer advice and information to current students about internships and jobs, and I keep in touch with as many of them as I can. My work with students draws on my own professional experiences as a journalist, music critic, and editor.

Working with students outside the traditional classroom is important to me. I have led three Beloit College study abroad trips to Ireland, the most recent in 2016 as part of my work with the Letters of 1916 project at Maynooth University. In 2014, I taught creative writing to Beloit students at Eötvös József Collegium in Budapest, Hungary.

If you are interested you can read one of my recent essays, “The Irish Gambit” (2018) published by an Irish Studies journal. It won recognition as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2019.

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