Michael Mattek

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Michael Mattek

Senior Lecturer

Rm 270


I’m the guy at UW-WC who teaches ballroom dance, the Bible as literature, and writing for an academic audience.  Oh, and I also introduce students to interesting ideas wrapped up and presented by human characters (also known as “Literature”).

I try to keep students actively engaged in my classes; when there is a sense of “controlled chaos” you know things are going well.  If you take a composition class with me, plan on doing more revising than you ever daydreamed of.  If you take a literature class with me, plan on reading/discussing great works, writing analysis papers, and giving a short presentation to the class.  If you take my American Literature and Ballroom dance class, yes, you actually get to learn to dance!

If you like to explore the intersections between literature and Christianity, try out my English 287: The Bible as Literature, my English 262: American Literature before 1865, or my English 283: “The Messy Quest for Spiritual Redemption.” 

When I’m not teaching, I like to ballroom dance, run marathons, read, juggle, and take theology classes. 

My Favorite Verse: “Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes11.1)


B.A., UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
M.A., Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Ph.D., Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI