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Douglas McFarland: Faculty and Staff

Student Testimonial: Emily Youngman

Whether it is the quality of academic programming, the beauty of our campus and setting, or the unparalleled value we afford students and families, Flagler College has been recognized as among the best in the nation.
Douglas McFarland
Professor, Director of General Education, Department Chair



Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

  • Widely published in academic journals on topics including contemporary film, Greek art, and Renaissance literature
  • Frequent speaker and presenter at academic conferences and seminars
  • Recent keynote address: “Adapting Under the Volcano,” Cinema Northwest, Leitrim, Ireland

Professional Profile:

Dr. McFarland received his Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned an M.A. in Latin. A wide-ranging thinker with diverse scholarly interests, he has focused in recent years on philosophies, allegories, and symbols in contemporary American film. He leverages his extensive background in liberal studies to help develop innovative strategies for Flagler’s general education curriculum. He is the recipient of the Lu Thomasson Garrett Award for Teaching Excellence and the Alpha Phi Omega Teaching Award.

Teaching and Related Service:

Courses taught:

  • Modernist Aesthetics in Film and Literature
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Jacobean Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Lyric
  • Baroque Form in the English Renaissance
  • Chaucer
  • Honors Seminars

Previously taught at:

  • Oglethorpe University
  • Samford University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkley