Christopher J. Wheatley is the William J. Byron Distinguished Professor of English. He went to Seattle Prep, did his B.A. at the University of Washington, and his M.A. and Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was awarded a Graduate Student Teaching Award, a Vilas Travel Fellowship, and a University Dissertation Fellowship. Before coming to CUA, he taught Business Communications at the University of Washington, and Freshmen Composition and Introduction to Drama at the University of Tennessee. He has also taught on Fulbright Awards at University College Galway in Ireland (seventeenth and eighteenth-century Irish drama and American drama) and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland (American drama and America culture). He specializes in the history of Drama in English, and Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature. He has published on drama in the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and twentieth centuries, and on Irish, English, and American drama. He has served as Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and as Director of Irish Studies. He has also given invited lectures at Yale, Columbia, and Wisconsin, and has received research grants from the Beinecke Library and The British Council. As a teacher he was twice the University's nominee for the U.S. Professors of the year competition, and was given an award by the Undergraduate Student Government for undergraduate advising in 2005.