Curriculum Vitae


Diana Glyer teaches English at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.  She holds degrees in art, education, literature, and composition. She has published extensively on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings.  She is best known for her ground-breaking book about the Inklings: The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community. Her latest book is called BANDERSNATCH.


Ph.D. in English (Language, Literacy and Rhetoric)
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

M.S. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois.

B.A. in English & Fine Arts, B.S. in English Educ. and Art Educ.
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.


1995-pres. Professor of English
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California.

1991-1995 Assistant Professor of English
College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri.

1984-1991 Instructor of English
North Park University, Chicago, Illinois.

1978-1982 English and Art Teacher
Valley Lutheran High School, St. Charles, Illinois.


ENGL 488       Significant Authors: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the Inklings
ENGL 496       Senior Seminar: Creativity in Community
ENGL 405       American English Language History
ENGL 334       World Literature to the Renaissance
ENGL  406      Composition: Pedagogy, Theory, and Practice
ENGL 111         Introduction to Literature
ENGL 110        Freshman Writing Seminar

HON 260       Core II: Medieval Literature and Philosophy
HUM 322      Literary Masterpieces: Dante
ART   205       Ceramics


Book: BANDERSNATCH: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings. Black Squirrel Books, an imprint of Kent State University Press. 2016.

Chapter: “Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings,” The New Writer’s Handbook: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career, Volume 2, edited by Philip Martin. Scarletta Press, 2008.

Book: The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community. Kent State University Press, 2007.

Chapter (w. David Bratman): “C. S. Lewis Scholarship: A Bibliographic Overview” in C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, Legacy, edited by Bruce L. Edwards, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.

Co-edited Book (w. David Weeks): The Liberal Arts in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions,  Exploring Possibilities, University Press of America, 1998.

Nine Articles: C. S. Lewis: A Reader’s Encyclopedia, ed. Jeffrey Schultz, Zondervan, 1998.

Chapter: “A Reader’s Guide to Books about C. S. Lewis” in The Pilgrim’s Guide: C.S. Lewis and the Art of Witness, ed. D. Mills, Eerdmans, 1998.


Article: “Dusting for Fingerprints: How a Determined Researcher Stumbled Across the Clues that Unlocked the Creative Process of Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings,” Argentus 2008, Issue 8.

Paper: “The Centre of the Inklings: Lewis? Tolkien? Barfield? Williams?” in Mythlore: A Journal of C. S. Lewis, J.R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and the Genres of Myth and Fantasy 99/100, Fall 2007.

Paper: “ ‘We Are All Sinners and We Are All Very Hard to Live With’: Some Thoughts on C. S. Lewis and Gender” in Christian Scholar’s Review, Summer 2007.

Paper (w. Laura K. Simmons): “Dorothy L. Sayers and C. S. Lewis: Two Approaches to Creativity and Calling” in SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review, 2004.

Paper: “Joy Davidman Lewis: Author, Editor, and Collaborator” in Mythlore: A Journal of C. S. Lewis, J.R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and the Genres of Myth and Fantasy. 1998

Article: “C. S. Lewis: A Tour Through Secondary Sources” in Mission and Ministry, Journal of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, 1998.

Article: “The One-Hour C. S. Lewis Scholar” in Mythprint: A Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society, 1997.

Paper: “More Than a Bandersnatch: The Influence of the Inklings on Tolkien’s Middle-Earth” in Tolkien Centenary Conference Proceedings, Oxford, England.1994.


Plenary Talks (4): “Creating Community: Learning from C. S. Lewis and the Inklings,” Southwest Regional Conference, the C. S. Lewis Foundation, October 2009.

Paper: “Uncovering the Mutual Influence of Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings: A Puzzle, a Process, and a Plea for Primary Research,” Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, George Fox University, Portland, Oregon, April 2009.

Spiritual Retreat: “Living a Life of Love: Four Lessons from C. S. Lewis,” Meadow Valley Community Church, Lake Tahoe, March 2009.

Paper: “Warren Lewis and His ‘American Lady’ ” Oxford C. S. Lewis Society, Pusey House, February 2009.

Paper: “C. S. Lewis in Disguise: Images of Jack in the Fiction of His Friends,” Mythcon XXIX, New Britain, Connecticut, August 2008.

Plenary Talk: “C. S. Lewis and the Algebra of Friendship,” at Oxbridge, Oxford and Cambridge, England, July 2008.

Plenary Talk: “Taming the Bandersnatch: The Impact of C. S. Lewis on Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” LionCon, Biola University, La Mirada, California, June 2008.

Plenary Talk: “The Creative Genius of Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings,” Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference, Mariner’s Community Church, Irvine, California, April 2008.

Interview: Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 88, Winter 2007-08.

Talk: “Secrets of Successful Writing Groups: Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings,” Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Club (GLAWS), Venice Library, Venice Beach, California, October 2007.

Paper: “Images of C. S. Lewis: Treebeard, Hunter, Ramsden, and Jak,” C. S. Lewis: The Man and His Work, a 21st Century Legacy, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, October 2007.

Plenary Talks (2): “Mere Virtue: Courage for Pilgrimage” and “More Virtue: Community in Pilgrimage,” at C.S. Lewis Foundation Summer Conference, San Diego, CA, Summer 2007.

Radio Interview: Frank Pastore Show, KKLA Talk Radio, Los Angeles, one hour live interview.

Presentation: “Communities Creating the Creative Genius: An Evening With Diana Pavlac Glyer,” at Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL), Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA, March 2007.

Sermon: “Why We Honor C. S. Lewis” Evening Prayer Service, Centennial Celebration of C. S. Lewis, The parish of St. Luke Episcopal Church, Monrovia, California Nov 1998

Radio Interview: Featured in One Hour Interview, Adam McMannis Show on KSLR, talk radio, San Antonio. Nov 1998.

Speaker: Salem Radio Network, “C.S. Lewis: A Look at the Legacy,” one of eight scholars interviewed for a radio special, distributed and broadcast on 45 stations Nov 1998.

Speaker: National Public Radio World Update, British edition. Ten minute interview, broadcast on NPR stations worldwide, discussing why Lewis continues to command a large following in America. Nov 1998.

Speaker: British television special (BBC), filmed segment with four other local scholars, discussing American impressions of Lewis and groups devoted to studying him. Nov 1998.

Speaker: University of Southern California Christian Graduate Student Forum, Topic:  “C. S. Lewis: Apostle to the Skeptics” April 1997.

Workshop Leader: United Methodist Conference on Prayer, Yucaipa, CA
Topic:  “The Christian Way of Grief:  Lessons from C. S. Lewis.” July 1996.

Paper: Conference on College Composition & Communication, Wash., D.C Embalming Our Breath:  How We Confine Present Day Scholars to Their Words of the Published Past” Mar 1995.

Speaker: St. James Episcopal Church Adult Sunday School. Topic: “Would C. S. Lewis Have Been a Good Baptist?” April 1995.

Workshop Leader: United Methodist Conference on Prayer, Yucaipa, CA
Topic: “What C.S. Lewis Taught About Prayer.” July 1995.

Panelist: Mythopoeic Society Conference, Washington, D. C. “Shadowlands:  Biography and Cinematography. July 1994.

Convocation Speaker: College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO     Topic: “C. S. Lewis: A Life of Pain and Promise.” Nov 1995.

Speaker: First Presbyterian Church of Branson, MO, Adult Sunday School
Topic: “C. S. Lewis: Through the Shadowlands” (A Three Week Series). Feb 1994

Speaker: St. James Episcopal Church Adult Sunday School. Topic: “The Sermons of C.S. Lewis” (A Six Week Series). Aug 1993.

Paper: International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Dania, Florida.

Paper: “Re-thinking the Inklings:  A Critique of Humphrey Carpenter’s View of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.” Mar 1992.

Paper: Mythopoeic Society Conference, San Diego, California “Medieval Themes in the Works of Lewis, Tolkien and Williams.” July 199.1

Paper: Mythopoeic Society Conference, California State Univ., Long Beach, Ca. “Reading What the Inklings Read.” July 1990.

Paper: Mythopoeic Society Conference, Univ. British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. “The Collaborative Writing Process of the Inklings” July 1989


Mythopoeic Scholarship Award, Inklings Studies, 2007 (Awarded by the Mythopoeic Society for The Company They Keep)

Finalist, Hugo Award, Best Related Book, 2007 (Awarded by Denvention, the 2008 World Science Fiction Convention for The Company They Keep)

Undergraduate Faculty Scholarship Award, 2007 (Awarded by Azusa Pacific University for The Company They Keep)

Imperishable Flame Award, Best Tolkien Book, 2006-2007 (Awarded by the Northeast Tolkien Society for The Company They Keep)

Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award, 2002 (Awarded by Azusa Pacific University)

Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant, 1997 (Awarded by the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College for work on The Company They Keep)

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