The faculty in the IWU Division of Modern Language and Literature bring scholarship, publication, extensive travel experience and, above all, creativity into the classroom. Our students learn from published poets and essayists and from scholars in areas including writing center theory, C.S. Lewis, linguistics and Sir Walter Scott. Members of the MLL faculty are alumni of prestigious universities such as Middlebury, the University of St. Andrews, Miami of Ohio and the University of Georgia.

Because we boast a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, our faculty members are able to closely invest in their students' education.

H. Michael Buck; MA, PhD Professor; English mike.buck@indwes.edu Department - English Division - Modern Language and Literature


Mike Buck has been married to Cynthia Marie Fritts Buck since 1970. They have two sons: Joshua Michael Buck, a 1999 IWU grad, and Geoffrey Michael Buck, also an IWU graduate. Besides spending time with the family, Mike enjoys running, cooking Italian, and bicycling with Cindy.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1972, Taylor University
  • M.A., 1979, Wright State University
  • Ph.D., 1987, Miami University


Dr. Buck’s professional activities include paper presentations at International Conferences on Walter Scott. He has also published studies in Studies in Browning and His Circle, South Atlantic Review, Studies in Scottish Literature, and Language and Style. Dr. Buck is currently working on a bibliographic project with Dr. Peter Garside of Edinburgh University, forthcoming in the Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society.