Professor John Maynard

Maynard, John

Title: Language Educator (Retired)
Location:  Brooklyn, New York, United States

Professor John Maynard, retired language educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

A former professor of English with demonstrated expertise in literary interpretation and academic excellence, Prof. Maynard is highly regarded by his past colleagues and students as a good citizen of his department, a good teacher and a good researcher. In his retirement, he celebrates a career that spanned 50 years in higher education. He first established himself with Harvard University in 1969 as an assistant professor. After five years, he joined the faculty at New York University, where he was an assistant professor for two years before advancing to the associate professor level. Later, he would progress into a full-time professor role and spend several years as the chairman of the English department. Driven by a love of information and the desire to share it with his students, Prof. Maynard is proud to have helped reinvigorate and redefine the English program at New York University during his tenure. In recognition of his professional successes, the university honored him with a Professor Emeritus title upon his retirement in 2018.

Another great point of distinction for Prof. Maynard is the work that he has done as an editor of industry publications for more than 26 years. Notably, he was the editor of “Literature and Sexuality” from 1991 to 2004, co-editor of “Nineteenth Century Lives,” and others. Prof. Maynard is a published author of the titles “Literary Intention, Literary Interpretation and Readers,” “Browning Re-Viewed,” “Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion,” “Victorian Literature and Culture,” “Charlotte Bronte and Sexuality,” and “Browning’s Youth.” Prof. Maynard is noted as being part of an early discussion of sexuality on Victorian literature which became a large discussion after Foucault.

At the core of Prof. Maynard’s professional successes is his love of literature. To support his career early on, he completed his education in this area of academia. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard University in 1963, a Master of Science in 1970, and a PhD in English, also from Harvard University. Considered an expert in his field, Prof. Maynard has been very involved in his professional community over the years. Previously, he was the co-director of the Biography Seminary, visiting professor for the University of Venice, chairman of the faculty council at New York University, organizer of the Concord Square Association, and member of the board of directors for the Browning Institute. He is also a member of the International Association of University Professors of English, the Modern Language Association, and Poets and Writers. As he looks to the future, Prof. Maynard intends to continue enjoying his retirement while pursuing passion projects including writing and publishing poetry.

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