Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

Derek Nikitas

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Second Advisor

Nancy Jensen

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Third Advisor

Young Smith

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre


High School English teacher Jim Houp doesn't just want to be liked. He wants to be adored. He doesn't just want to help his students; he wants to be their savior. Jim thrives when he is the center of attention. He is the handsome, energetic teacher principals put on display as an example of dedication and commitment. Loved by his students, honored by his school, he was named teacher of the year for the district. However, when he is accused of sexual abuse by his favorite student, the attention he craves threatens to destroy his life. Judgment (100,000 words) explores how a once-celebrated teacher could become an accused predatory child rapist.

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