Wayne Zade joined the Westminster faculty in 1976 as "poet in residence." However, his teaching duties expanded shortly thereafter, and he assumed a full-time teaching load in writing and literature classes the following year. He has continued to develop new courses in American literature and jazz studies, including "The Harlem Renaissance"; "Jazz, Blues, and Poetry"; "Langston Hughes"; and "The Beat Movement." Participation in a Title VI grant that aided in the internationalization of the curriculum led to a trip to Japan in 2000 and development of "Jazz and Japan," a Tier III interdisciplinary course that explores the cultural aspects of the Occupation of Japan in the 1950s by the American army and their cultural legacy in our own era. Zade's interest in sports also led him to offer several different versions of a Westminster Seminar for freshmen, "Women and Men in Sports in American Culture."
Zade, a Chicago native, received his A.B. degree from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, and his M.F.A. from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. He considers himself a Midwesterner with diverse interests. In addition to publishing poetry in journals, Zade is now a regular columnist for Belles Lettres, the journal of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis; the Jazz Series Review, the concert program for the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series in Columbia, Missouri; and the online magazine, Jazz: Tokyo.
Wayne Zade resides in Fulton with his wife, Cathy. Their children, Joshua and Sarah, now in their early adult lives and career tracks, share their father's love of jazz and sports. Zade is looking forward to concluding his teaching career in several more years and to the further exhilarating challenges at the College like the ones that have brought him to this happy point in his professional life.