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Yezbick Moves to Wildwood Campus

December 08, 2015

Dan Yezbick  

Dan Yezbick is relocating within St. Louis Community College, joining the Wildwood faculty.

Yezbick, professor in English, moves from the Forest Park campus, where he spent eight years and served as the global educator coordinator for six years.

Prior to working at STLCC, Yezbick taught English, media studies and drama studies at Peninsula College (Port Townsend, Wash.), and professional writing, literature and film at Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.).

Yezbick holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and both a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois. He is the author of numerous papers, reference articles and dramaturgical essays, as well as the book, “Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George L. Carlson,” which was published by Fantagraphics in 2014. 

According to Yezbick, his passion for teaching stems from his love of stories and the mediums that are used to tell them. 

“I enjoy all aspects of stories -- from reading and writing them myself, to helping others find their voice,” he said. “I love to inspire students to think critically and creatively. It’s always a thrill to help them discover their interests, refine their ideas and solve problems through writing.”

Upon his transfer to Wildwood, Yezbick will teach a variety of English courses, including college composition, creative writing and introduction to fiction. He also will introduce two new course offerings.  The first course, Comics and Graphic Novels (ENG 228.301), focuses on the development of comic strips, comic books, graphic novels and online hybrids. The second course, Theater in Canada (GLE:101), is tentatively scheduled for summer 2016. In this study abroad course, students will explore some of the world’s greatest plays as they are performed live by two internationally acclaimed companies -- the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada and the Shaw Festival at Niagara on the Lake.

An accomplished educator, Yezbick has received several awards for excellence in teaching. In 2014, he was chosen by students and his peers to receive STLCC-Forest Park’s Teacher of the Year Award. He is also a past recipient of the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League of Innovation in the Community College. 

As he transitions to his new role, he looks forward to immersing himself in the campus community.  

“Nestled in the cradle of nature, STLCC-Wildwood provides students with many unique learning experiences,” he said.  “I’m excited to work with students to help them bring their stories to life.”