Dr. Rachel B. Griffis

Rachel B. Griffis grew up in Michigan and then moved to Southern California, where she completed her B.A. at Azusa Pacific University and M.A. at Chapman University, both in English. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Baylor University. In 2016, she joined the Language and Literature department at Sterling College. She teaches writing and literature courses, including composition, American literature, young adult literature, grammar and language studies, introduction to literature, the history of the novel in English, Native American literature, African American literature, and American immigrant literature. She has been very active on campus and in the lives of her students. In 2017, she led the Sterling College mission trip to Nepal, and she has accompanied students on trips to Washington, D.C., where they attended events hosted by the National Student Leadership Forum. She also takes students in the Language and Literature department to present their creative and academic work at conferences. She received the William M. McCreery Teacher of the Year award in 2020. Dr. Griffis additionally serves as Director for the Integration of Faith and Learning, a position that allows her to work with faculty and to implement new initiatives related to the moral and academic culture of Sterling College. When she is not teaching or studying, she enjoys reading, running, and traveling.


Ph.D. in English from Baylor University
M.A. in English from Chapman University
B.A. in English from Azusa Pacific University

Research and Publications

Dr. Griffis has published articles in The Cormac McCarthy Journal, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Christianity & Literature, Studies in American Indian Literatures, The Literary Encyclopedia, Christian Scholar’s Review, Religions, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Teaching American Literature, and elsewhere. She regularly presents her scholarship and has given papers at international conferences in France and Japan. She serves as reviews editor at the International Journal of Christianity and Education, and she is on the editorial board for Kansas English.


Email: rachel.griffis@sterling.edu

Dr. Rachel B. Griffis - Sterling College