Honored as medieval master and mentor

Television producers and academicians have one person in common when they need an expert on medieval romance (especially Arthurian) and Chaucer.

They turn to Dr. Bonnie Wheeler in SMU’s English Department. And many a student, trying to fill a requirement, has found himself or herself enthralled by Wheeler’s dynamic teaching style.

In addition to Arthurian romance and Chaucer, Dr. Wheeler’s major interests include gender studies and pedagogy. A frequent historical and literary consultant for A&E, the History Channel and the BBC, she was also selected as a “Great Teacher” for the distinguished Teaching Company.

Dr. Wheeler is highly esteemed for her academic expertise. But she has gained some of her greatest admirers in her role as teacher and role model – especially among the students and colleagues she has mentored and supported. An international committee of professional colleagues and friends founded the Bonnie Wheeler Fund (http://bonniewheelerfund.org/), which serves to support women faculty, in her honor in 2010. A festschrift in her honor – Magistra Doctissima: Essays in Honor of Bonnie Wheeler – was published in 2013.

Dr. Wheeler has received SMU’s Outstanding Teacher Award six times, and she is a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize for excellence in scholarship and teaching. She was appointed by the Medieval Academy of America to found TEAMS (Committee on Teaching Medieval Studies) and has been elected to many professional leadership positions throughout her academic career.



SMU Forum article on the festschrift (March 3, 2014)
‘Magistra doctissima’ Bonnie Wheeler honored with festschrift of essays in medieval studies