Jeremy Larance

Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation and Strategic Planning

West Liberty University

Jeremy Larance

Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation and Strategic Planning

West Liberty University

Ph.D. in English from The University of Tulsa (Twentieth-Century British Literature)
M.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University (English Literature)
B.A. in English from The University of the South, Sewanee (English)

Dr. Jeremy Larance is the Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation and Strategic Planning at West Liberty University. In the past, he served as the Chair of the Department of Humanities at WLU where he coordinated multiple programs in the College of Liberal Arts, including English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, World Languages, and the E. Kent & Barbara Culler Robinson Writing Center.

In 2013, Larance was one the first faculty members from his university to teach a corequisite class in composition, and since becoming the department’s Chair in 2014, he has continued to teach corequisite classes while also serving as the program’s administrator. In addition to his work at WLU, he has served on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Corequisite Task Force since 2015.

Since its implementation, the corequisite composition program at West Liberty University has become one of the state’s most successful retention initiatives to date. Previously, less than 40% of West Liberty University’s developmental writing students went on to earn college credit in ENG 101, the first of two composition courses in the university’s general education program. In the years since implementing corequisite support, that percentage doubled to 80%, and the corequisite students who then enrolled in ENG 102 passed at a rate of 90%.

He has worked as a facilitator for CCA events in West Virginia, Montana, and New York, and, as a content expert, he is ready to share his years of experience, especially in relation to the logistical and pedagogical challenges related to implementing corequisite strategies.


Dr. Larance completed his doctorate in English Literature at the University of Tulsa. His dissertation, “Howzat…Cricket or Not?: The Language and Literature of Cricket and the English Gentleman Mythos,” explores the ways in which images of the amateur cricketer propagated the gentleman ideal in British culture from the early 1700s until the early twentieth century. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the South (Sewanee) and his master’s degree in English Literature from Louisiana Tech University. Before assuming administrative duties at West Liberty University, he served as the Non-Fiction Editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, and still serves on the journal’s Editorial Board. In recent years, Dr. Larance has turned his scholarly attention towards the skies, exploring the ways in which images of American superheroes both reflect and influence our country’s perceptions of masculinity, heroism, sexuality, and nationalism. He has published articles on comics studies, cricket-literature, the A. J. Raffles stories, and the works of Alan Moore.

In his spare time, Dr. Larance enjoys reading (of course), drinking Sumatra coffee, fishing, and collecting antique poker books.


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