Dr. Tippin earned his doctorate in English literature with a special emphasis on the essay as a literary form at the end of the nineteenth century in Britain. He taught courses in writing and literature for six years at Kansas State University and the University of Cambridge during graduate school, earning the Pearson Exemplar Teaching Award from his faculty at Kansas State University in 2015. He was also a Faculty Development Fellow at the United States Air Force Academy in 2018. Dr. Tippin’s research focuses on nonfiction literature, on theories of prose style, and on religion and literature, and he continues to cultivate interests in the relationship between humor and thought, as well as short forms such as the aphorism. He has published articles on authors from Francis Bacon to Louisa May Alcott to Oscar Wilde to G. K. Chesterton in edited collections and academic journals such as English Literature in Transition, 1800-1920, Religion & Literature, and Nineteenth Century Prose.