Professor Metcalf to retire after 46 years at MacMurray

June 20, 2019 | 9:54 AM

After 46 years, Dr. Allan Metcalf, professor of English, is retiring from MacMurray College. Metcalf has been granted Professor Emeritus status. 

Metcalf served the college in many capacities. He came to MacMurray in 1973 as chair of the English department and two years later became chair of the journalism program. He also served as college registrar and assistant vice president of academic affairs in the early 2000s. 

At MacMurray, he taught courses ranging from composition to structure of English to medieval literature, as well as journalism and linguistics. Metcalf was founder and faculty advisor for The Daily Other, the only small-college daily newspaper in the country at the time, publishing five four-page issues a week beginning in 1977. The paper continued for more than a decade. 

Metcalf also spent 37 years as chief administrator of the American Dialect Society, a scholarly association, and as a weekly blogger for the Lingua Franca blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education from its beginning in 2011 to its ending in 2018.

He is a published author as well. In September, Oxford University Press will publish his eighth book on language, “The Life of Guy: Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Unlikely History of an Indispensable Word.”  

In retirement, Metcalf looks forward to traveling with his wife and writing more books.

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