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Michael J. Collins

Professor, Ethics and Leadership & The Good Society


Retired Professor Dr. Michael J. Collins previously taught “The Good Society” at the TFAS program in Prague, Czech Republic, at TFAS Greece, and “Ethics and Leadership” in U.S. Summer Programs in Washington, D.C.

Collins began his tenure at Georgetown University in August 1981 as dean of the School for Summer and Continuing Education. As dean, Collins was responsible for administering the graduate and undergraduate courses offered each summer at Georgetown and locations abroad. He was also responsible for the various academic and residential programs at Villa Le Balze, Georgetown’s study center in Fiesole, Italy, and, for several years, the Office of International Programs.

In 2003, Collins was appointed distinguished professor in the department of English and dean emeritus. He teaches courses on subjects such as Shakespeare, the American idea and modern British theater in Georgetown College and the liberal studies program. He also continues his responsibilities for the Villa Le Balze. He lectures frequently in American studies and on Shakespeare in performance, and he co-directs the annual alumni study tour to Florence and Assisi.

He has published many articles on Shakespeare, modern poetry and teaching, and has edited two collections of essays: “Text and Teaching,” with Francis J. Ambrosio, and “Shakespeare’s Sweet Thunder: Essays on the Early Comedies.” Collins earned his doctorate in 1973 and master’s degree in 1964 from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Fordham College in 1963. He served as a captain in the United States Army from 1965 to 1968.