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Interim Chair

University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

A.B., Yale University, 1988
A.M., Brown University, 1994
M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1995
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1998

Classes Taught

English Composition (ENG 1113)
English Composition and Research (ENG 1213)
English Cornerstone (ENG 2303)
Fundamentals of Literature (ENG 2413)
English Literature to 1800 (ENG 2543)
English Literature since 1800 (ENG 2653)
World Literature I (ENG 3193)
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature (ENG 4183/5183)
Literary Criticism (ENG 4263)
History of the English Language (ENG 4323/5323)
Old English Literature (ENG 4633/5633)
English Capstone (ENG 4893)


J. David Macey, Ph.D., who joined the UCO faculty in 1999, is a professor of English and currently serves as interim chairperson of the Department of English.  He teaches courses in areas including Old English language and literature, Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, literary and critical theory, and the history of the English language. He has also directed individual study courses and theses in a wide range of areas within the field of English Studies, and he serves as the faculty adviser to the Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE), UCO's LGBTQIA+ student organization.

Macey served from 2007-15 as the elected chairperson of the Department of English and from 2016-19 as an assistant vice president in the Office of Academic Affairs, coordinating a range of initiatives in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and globalization. He served as an assistant professor of English at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, from 2001-04.

Macey is the coeditor, with Hans Ostrom of the University of Puget Sound, of the five-volume Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (2005) and the one-volume African American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students (2019). He has also published essays and presented papers at national and international conferences on topics including eighteenth-century Utopian fiction, the adaptation of Classical motifs in Renaissance poetry, the representation of gender and sexuality in literature and film, and the history of Oklahoma's LGBTQIA+ community.

Macey is a past recipient of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice's Oklahoma City Humanitarian Award, the Provost's Modeling the Way Award, and the Neely Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served as a board member for Cimarron Alliance (now Freedom Oklahoma), the national Unitarian Universalist LGBTQIA+ organization Interweave Continental, and Sisu Youth, a nonprofit organization providing services to homeless youth in Oklahoma City. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Diversity Center of Oklahoma and of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice’s Oklahoma City Advisory Board.

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Anytime by Appointment

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