Emily Cook, M.A.

Adjunct Professor of Literature

Emily Cook comes to PLNU from teaching most recently in a military education program. As a Navy spouse, she has been grateful to live in various regions of the United States and to teach at a number of institutions at different duty stations. As a writing and literature teacher, she is continually inspired by her students' stories, amazed at their creativity, and impressed by their motivation and perseverance. As a person who likes to jump at opportunities, she has tutored adult English learners, taught Latin to middle school students, taught art to elementary students, taught Latin, literature, and physics to home schoolers, helped high school seniors write their college admissions essays, and coached track and cross country. As a person of faith, she is active in religious education and marriage ministry, as well as ministries for young mothers and support groups for military spouses. As a community member, she has volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul Society, Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts, and Best Buddies, as well as devoted years to PTO at her kids' various schools. As a parent of seven, she is intimately involved in a variety of educational issues. And as a person with many interests, she will read almost anything, participate in almost any outdoor activity, and eat almost anything.


  • M.A. Literature, Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas
  • B.A. Program of Liberal Studies and English, University of Notre Dame

Courses Taught

  • Literature & Culture, Nature Writing — LIT 2000


  • Composition 1 and 2, Vincennes University Military Education Program
  • Introduction to World Literature, Vincennes University Military Education Program
  • Writing I and II, University of La Verne
  • Learning Through Community Service, CS 305, University of La Verne
  • Composition 1, Guam Community College
  • Literature 1, Guam Community College
  • Composition 1 and 2, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • World Literature, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Enjoying Literature, Engl 115, Old Dominion University

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Certified in Blackboard Basics and Online Teaching Certification, University of La Verne
  • Participated in assessment process for military education program, NASNI
  • Attended QPR Suicide Prevention Training
  • Attended COMPASS conference on social media platforms for group communication
  • Attended "The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination" conference, USC
  • Joy of Love Family Life committee member, Archdiocese of San Diego
  • Participant, Command Officer Spouse Leadership seminar
  • Participant, Conference on Teaching Millennials, MGCCC
  • Participant, creative writing workshops on Fiction Writing, Myth and Fantasy, and Personal Narrative, The Muse Writers Center
  • Published "On Hospitality," This Rock, 2006
  • Published various book reviews for Family Foundations, Canticle,  and HOUSE newsletter
  • Editor, The Herald, Chesapeake, VA, 2007

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • "Laughing with the Raven: Spiritual Awakening and Sacrificial Offerings in David James Duncan's The River Why", Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, November 2019.