Chris Alderman

Chris Alderman

  • M.A., Language and Literature; University of Chicago, 2008
  • B.A., English; Washington and Lee University, 2005
  • Tutor, Gutenberg College, 2017-present

Chris Alderman’s preoccupation with languages started long ago. In middle school, he discovered how to communicate with his father’s Commodore 64 and used this knowledge, somewhat disappointingly, to make text-based adventure games. He attended college at Washington and Lee University, fully intending to major in computer science as well as English, but during his sophomore year he developed an aversion to technology and ended up graduating in 2005 with only a B.A. in English. He taught English conversation at a private middle school in Saitama, Japan, before returning to the States to receive an M.A. in Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2008. After spending eight months in the San Francisco Bay Area as an SAT tutor, Chris decided to return to the academy, and for two years he pursued a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Michigan, where he taught English composition to freshmen and did graduate coursework in German and Classics.

Dissatisfied with the intellectual constraints of a thoroughly secular institution, he quit the program and returned to Eugene, his hometown, where he ended up as a resident at Gutenberg College from 2015 to 2016. During that time, he finished paying off his student loans; met the incomparable Abby Watt, with whom he would be married about a year later; and was approached about the possibility of teaching at Gutenberg, a possibility at which he figuratively jumped for joy.

Chris has self-published two collections of poetry, Poems in Verse and Ephemerides.