Expertise: 19th- and 20th-century poetry, music, and opera; 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 Assistant Professor of English at John Carroll.
Though his speciality is the poetry of T. S. Eliot, he has published broadly on such topics as rhetoric, music, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and twentieth-century poetry. He recently published a rhetoric textbook, Think About It: Critical Skills for Academic Writing (Cengage 2013), written with co-authors John Mauk and Karen Mauk. Stayer is currently editing a volume, T. S. Eliot, France, and the Mind of Europe (Cambridge Scholars, forthcoming) and 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.