Bernard (Duffy) Duyfhuizen earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tulsa in 1983. He joined the Department in 1984 and served as its Chair from 1992-1998. Currently he is an Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. He continues to teach courses focusing on narrative literature. In his classes he seeks active participation from all students in a discussion format, and he welcomes application of any critical approach to the discussion of the text at hand. His courses are usually designed to require active class participation, informal weekly email response papers, two or three longer formal papers, and occasionally a final examination. In his scholarly work, Duyfhuizen has written widely on issues of critical theory, especially in the areas of feminism and narratology, and the writing of American author Thomas Pynchon. His first book was Narratives of Transmission (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1992) and he is currently finishing on a book focusing on the reader and Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow. He is also one of the editors of the journal Pynchon Notes.