Dr. Lois M. Tyson is professor of English at Grand Valley State University, and faculty-development coordinator for the English department. She has served as a member of the GVSU faculty for over 20 years.
She is described by her former students as always patient, encouraging, consistently kind, and exceedingly passionate about her profession. They commend her for utilizing her many talents to personally connect them with literature and critical theories, and for her lasting and profound impact on their personal and professional lives.
Tyson earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from Rutgers University in 1972, and double master’s degrees in education and English from Ohio University in 1982 and 1984. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the Ohio State University in 1989.
She has authored various publications, anthologies and papers on wide-ranging topics including critical theory, literary analysis, and American literature. Her highly acclaimed text, Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide, now in its second edition, is in wide distribution and has contributed to her recognition as one of the nation's preeminent authorities on the subject.
Tyson has received numerous accolades during her career. Among other awards, she accepted Grand Valley’s Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award in 1996 and the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994. In 1995, she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities.
Tyson currently resides in Grand Haven, MI.