Degrees: B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toledo; M.Div., Boston College
Expertise: 19th- and 20th-century poetry, music, and opera; the poetry and prose of T. S. Eliot; rhetoric and rhetorical theory; the essay
Stayer holds a double degree in music and literature from the University of Notre Dame; an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toledo; and an M.Div. from Boston College. He has held faculty posts at Texas A&M University-Commerce and Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador. He is currently Associate Professor of English at John Carroll.
Though his specialty is the poetry of T. S. Eliot, Stayer has published broadly on such topics as rhetoric, music, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and twentieth-century poetry. He is co-editor, with Ronald Schuchard and Iman Javadi, of Volume 5 of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot (Johns Hopkins UP/ Faber and Faber, 2017). His books include an edited collection of essays, T. S. Eliot, France, and the Mind of Europe (Cambridge Scholars, 2015), and a rhetoric textbook, Think About It: Critical Skills for Academic Writing (Cengage, 2013), co-authored with John Mauk and Karen Mauk. He is finishing another book manuscript, Becoming T. S. Eliot: The Rhetoric of Voice and Audience in “Inventions of the March Hare.” His personal essays have appeared in such venues as The Hudson Review and The Jesuit Post. A professional singer, he has performed with the choruses of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Jesuits in 2003, and was ordained a priest in 2013.