Board of Directors of the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society

Board of Directors

Dr. Salwa Khoddam

President & CSLIS Founder

Oklahoma City University
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Salwa Khoddam, PhD, is professor emerita of English at Oklahoma City University. She directed the first conference on C. S. Lewis in Oklahoma in 1998 at Oklahoma City University and then again in 2003 and 2010. Dr. Khoddam also founded the C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Society (CSLIS) in 2004 and was its first president. She has published several articles and book reviews on C. S. Lewis and co-edited three anthologies on the Inklings entitled Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings’ Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy (2008), C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth (2012), and C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Reflections on Faith, Imagination, and Modern Technology (2015). She has also authored a book on Lewis titled Mythopoeic Narnia: Memory, Metaphor, and Metamorphoses in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Dr. Jonathan B. Himes


John Brown University
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Dr. Jonathan Himes, associate professor of English at John Brown University, directed the 2006 CSLIS conference and co-edited Truths Breathed Through Silver. Dr. Himes has taught classes on linguistics, literature, and C.S. Lewis & the Inklings. Dr. Himes is also the director of the John Brown University Writing Center and has been a conference speaker in Finland three times. He has written articles such as "What Tolkien Really Did with the Sampo," Mythlore (2000), analyzing Tolkien’s adaptation of The Kalevala. Dr. Himes has also written "World’s End Imagery: How William Morris and C.S. Lewis Imagined the Medieval North," Extrapolation (2003).

Dr. Mark Hall

Treasurer & Webmaster

Oral Roberts University
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Mark Hall, PhD, is professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Cultural Studies at Oral Roberts University. He has been involved with CSLIS from the beginning, having hosted the 1999, 2005, and 2011 CSLIS conferences and served as president of the organization. Dr. Hall has written numerous articles and essays on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, many of which have been presented at CSLIS conferences, including “The Wizard in the Well: The Transmogrification of the Mythical Merlin in C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength" and “The Intertextuality of C. S. Lewis and H. G. Wells: A Journey into the Imagination.” He also co-edited C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth (2012) and C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Reflections on Faith, Imagination, and Modern Technology (2015).

James Stockton

Member of the Executive Board

Boise State University
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Jim Stockton has been a member of CSLIS since 2010. He teaches classes on philosophy and film at Boise State University, including several on C.S. Lewis’ philosophy. Jim has lectured on the history of philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy and film, the Inklings, and the Inklings’ views on these issues. He is currently writing a history of the Oxford Socratic Club, entitled “C.S. Lewis and the Oxford Philosophers.” Mr. Stockton has published a lecture entitled C.S. Lewis and the Oxford Philosophers: A Philosophical Review of the Oxford Socratic Club (2012) and has authored Chaplain Stella Aldwinckle: A Biographical Sketch of the Spiritual Foundation of the Oxford University Socratic Club, which was presented at the CSLIS conference in 2012.

Dr. Larry Fink

Member of the Executive Board

Hardin-Simmons University
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Dr. Larry E. Fink is professor of English at Hardin-Simmons University. He co-directed the 2007 CSLIS conference at Hardin-Simmons University and has presented at the conferences multiple times. Dr. Fink currently teaches classes on Milton, C.S. Lewis, and the modern fantasy novel. Also a photographer, Dr. fink co-published a pictorial biography of George MacDonald, entitled George MacDonald: Images of His World (2004). He provided over 130 photographs of sites in England, Scotland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy that MacDonald, a major influence on C.S. Lewis’ life and writings, lived in and wrote about.

Dr. Joe R. Christopher

Member of the Executive Board

Tarleton State University
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Dr. Joe R. Christopher is professor emeritus of English at Tarleton State University. He was a keynote speaker at the first CSLIS conference in 1998 and is co-assistant editor of Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings’ Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy, a collection of essays by members of CSLIS. Dr. Christopher has written numerous essays and articles on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, including over twenty essays on Lewis’ poetry. He also co-compiled C.S. Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings about Him and His Works (1974) and authored C.S. Lewis in the Twayne’s English Authors Series (1987).

Dr. Martin Batts

Member of the Executive Board

LeTourneau University
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Martin Batts, PhD, teaches English, Bible, and philosophy classes at LeTourneau University. Dr. Batts has taught high school and college students, served as co-director of Ecola Hall Short Term Bible School served two terms as president of CSLIS. Having received degrees in education, English, philosophy, theology, and divinity, Dr. Batts is a lifelong learner and an avid reader of C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’Connor, and Shakespeare.