Dr. Tedder joined the Metropolitan State University in the fall of 2011 as an assistant professor in First College, which was renamed that year to the College of Individualized Studies. He earned his BA in English at High Point University and his MA and PhD in English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His dissertation focused on utopianism in American novels, a prelude to joining a college founded on a utopian vision of what higher education can be for students and their communities. His teaching and research interests include the philosophy and practice of higher education, American literature and culture, and human rights. He has previously served as department chair and as an officer in the university’s faculty association.
His teaching and research interests include Philosophy and practice of higher education; Twentieth century American literature and culture; Utopian studies; Critical and literary theory; Cultural studies and human rights; Environmental discourse and the literary imagination; Rhetoric and Composition.