The retirement of Carl Vandermeulen not only left a significant void in the Northwestern English department, but also left the Beacon without an advisor. Fortunately, Weston Cutter has responded to this need and rescued the poor English students and newspaper writers from their leaderless state.
To kick off his career at NWC, Cutter will serve as an English instructor and advisor for the Beacon and Spectrum. His course load encompasses a wide range of English subjects, from college writing to creative writing to poetry. With experience in and passion for many styles of writing, Cutter plans to take advantage of this opportunity to share his knowledge with students.
Before making his way to NW, Cutter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. He then continued his educational career by obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree at Virginia Tech University where he has been teaching as a graduate student for the past few years. With extensive experience in writing and publishing, Cutter is able to integrate these experiences into his teaching.
In addition to writing and teaching, Cutter also has a soft spot for the Midwest. In fact, geography proved to play a significant role in his decision to come to NW. “I chose Northwestern because I’m moderately fond of small, Christian liberal arts colleges, ” he said. “Plus it’s also in the Midwest, which geography is pretty dear to me.”
Outside of the teaching world, Cutter enjoys running, sewing, and biking. As an English professor, however, Cutter admits that these leisure activities, more often than not, fall victim to the traditional, timeless hobbies of reading and writing.
Beyond the enjoyment of writing a short story or going on a morning run, Cutter finds the classroom to be his most rewarding activity. There he can fuse his passion for teaching, knowledge, and experience together to impact the lives of students. “Teaching is one of the most fun ways to work in the world,” he said. “Honestly, even not-awesome days are still pretty stellar.”