Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff


Lylas Rommel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Literature
Lylas Rommel, Ph.D.
Education: B.A., M.A., (English), University of Kentucky; M.A., (Greek), Loyola University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., (Literature), University of Dallas
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 2047
Phone: (239) 280-1610
Fax: (239) 280-1637


Lylas Dayton Rommel came to Ave Maria after more than six years of teaching ancient and medieval humanities, Latin, literature, and composition classes, as well as the history of ballet, at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her dissertation is entitled A Poetics of Shame and the Meaning of Kenosis in Feodor Dostoevsky and William Faulkner. Recent papers include: “Medieval Imagination and The Southern Student,” at Emory University; “Master and Commander: The Challenge of Nature,” at Liverpool John Moores University; and “Paul Mariani’s Poetry as an Introduction to Hellenism,” at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. A generalist, Dr. Rommel focuses on student engagement with the liberal arts tradition and the importance of imagination and its formation in understanding the structure of the soul.

Recent Courses

Literary Tradition I & II

American Literature

The Novel

Russian Novel