Professor and Chair of English at Gettysburg College
Chris Fee currently serves as Professor and Chair of the English Department at Gettysburg College. He formerly held the college's Edwin T. ’51 and Cynthia (Shearer) ’52 Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities. For more than a decade, Fee has taught an annual semester-long course on homelessness that includes a substantial service-learning component in Washington, DC, working with long-term partners such as DC Central Kitchen, N-Street Village, and the National Coalition for the Homeless. In collaboration with Gettysburg College’s Presidential Service Award-winning Center for Public Service, this course also includes a weekly commitment to serve in the local Gettysburg community, and all students in this course also serve as overnight volunteers at Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S., a local cold-weather emergency shelter, as well as helping that organization in other ways. Drawing upon aspects of the homelessness course, Fee has also developed a course concerned with the impact of poverty upon education in rural America. This course contains a service-learning component in a local rural school district. Fee is author, co-author, or editor of a number of books, including Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain (Oxford, 2001), Mythology in the Middle Ages: Heroic Tales of Monsters, Magic, and Might (Praeger, 2011), The Goddess: Myths of the Great Mother (Reaktion, 2016), and the three-volume Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore (ABC-CLIO, 2016). Fee also has published opinion pieces in Fair Observer, in the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, and in NPR's Academic Minute, in addition to in the Huffington Post.