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Sarah K. Foust Vinson

Associate Dean - College of Arts and Sciences


College of Arts & Sciences


(414) 410-4537


BH Bonaventure Hall 2031


Box 336


Dr. Sarah Foust Vinson joined the Cardinal Stritch University faculty in 2011. She has a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago, an MA in English Studies from Illinois State University, and a BA in English and Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. Vinson teaches courses in Contemporary Literature, Women’s Literature, Global Literature, Science Fiction and Fantasy, African American Literature, Ethnicity in American Literature, U.S. Literature, Shakespeare, and first year composition. She also teaches in the Honor's Program. She considers herself first a teacher, but she has published on the work of Gloria Naylor, Dorothy Allison, Tim O’Brien, Cheryl Strayed, and Ruth Reichl, as well as on contemporary television. Research interests include the interrelationship between the psychology of memory and literature, trauma in literature, and service learning/civic engagement in the classroom. She was awarded the Cardinal Stritch University Campus Leadership Award in 2019.


  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
  • M.A., Illinois State University
  • Ph.D., Loyola University Of Chicago


Contemporary Women’s Literature, Memory Theory, Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Why Stritch?

"Stritch has all of the benefits of a small school, and as such, I get to know my students in the classroom and beyond. Just as importantly, the diversity of students in Stritch classrooms enrich the discussions we regularly have in regards to today's most pressing issues. Likewise, I find myself lucky to come daily to a place where the focus is truly on student support. We go out of our way to help students succeed at this place where good teaching is truly valued."

- Sarah K. Foust Vinson