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Interim Chair

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., English Literature, Vanderbilt University, 1998
M.A., English Literature, Vanderbilt University, 1995
A.M., Literatures and Cultures in English, Brown University, 1994
A.B., English Language and Literature, Yale University, 1988

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)
Literary Criticism (ENG 4263)
History of the English Language (ENG 4323)
English Capstone (ENG 4893)
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature (ENG 5183)
Old English Literature (ENG 5633)


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); for the national Unitarian Universalist LGBTQIA+ organization Interweave Continental; for Sisu Youth, a nonprofit organization providing services to homeless youth in Oklahoma City; and for the Diversity Center of Oklahoma. Macey is currently a member of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice’s Oklahoma City Advisory Board.

Honors and Awards

Making a Difference Award, UCO LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association, 2018
Oklahoma City Humanitarian Award, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, 2013
Distinguished Faculty Adviser, UCO Student Association, 2013
Modeling the Way Award, UCO Academic Affairs, 2012
ADDY Award for Publication Design (Copywriting), Oklahoma City Ad Club, 2012
Torch Award, Cimarron Alliance Foundation, 2010
Faculty Merit-Credit Award for Scholarship and Research, UCO Academic Affairs, 2007
Neely Excellence in Teaching Award, UCO Foundation, 2006
Faculty Adviser of the Year, UCO Enrollment and Student Success, 2006
New Faculty Member of the Year, UCO College of Liberal Arts, 2005
Fezziwig Award for Teaching and Service, University of Puget Sound, 2004
Honorary Lavender Graduate, University of Puget Sound, 2002
Faculty Merit-Credit Award for Scholarship and Research, UCO Academic Affairs, 2000
Edgar Hill Duncan Award for Scholarship and Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 1998
University Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 1994-1998
Sidney P. Colowick Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 1994-1995
Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University, 1988
Riggs Memorial Prize in the Humanities, Yale University, 1985


Office Hours

Spring 2021 Class Schedule

ENG 4323:  History of the English Language - TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Spring 2021 Office Hours

MWF 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., TuTh 3:00-5:00 p.m., and by Appointment

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