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A native of Virginia, Roy Helton has been a faculty member in the Department of English and Philosophy at Murray State since, as he says, “students wrote their essays on clay tablets.” He is also currently the Coordinator of the Humanities Program at MSU. Every other summer he teaches a course called “Myth, Legend, and Horror in English Literature” in London as part of a university-affiliated study abroad program. “For a person who has spent a lifetime teaching English literature, the chance to spend time in England is probably more exciting for me than it is even for the students,” he says.
Besides the academic life, for a number of years he did contract work for ComSult Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in helping corporations develop high involvement work teams. In addition to his love for nineteenth century British literature, he is a passionate gardener. He says that it’s just a matter of giving in to a deep-seated desire to “play in the dirt.” Helton confesses he is just barely able to resist the temptation to “try to have one of everything” in his garden. His wife, Jamie, indulges his obsession with flowers and enjoys her time working on interior design.