William P. Hyland joined St. Norbert College in August 1999. He teaches Latin and three additional courses entitled Augustine and the Classical World, Early Christian Monasticism and Norbertine Origins and Christian Culture
. In 2005-06, he held the Clarence Heidgen Chair in Catholic Studies at St. Norbert. Beginning in August 2006, he also serves as director of the Center for Norbertine Studies.
Prior to coming to St. Norbert College, William Hyland taught at Cornell University, Benedictine College and Columbus State University. He was a National Mellon Fellow Graduate in the Humanities (1986-91) at Cornell University. As an undergraduate at Emory University, he was a Woodruff Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honor Society.
Professor Hyland’s 1992 doctoral dissertation was entitled John-Jerome of Prague (ca. 1368-1440): A Study in Late Medieval Monastic Intellectual Culture
. Cornell University, 1992. His research on this Premonstratensian canon of Strahov abbey was based on manuscript collections in Arezzo, Florence, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw. The study of John-Jerome's remarkable career sheds light on issues facing the Norbertine Order and the Church in Europe at this time.
Professor Hyland has numerous publications in his primary field of monastic history, as well as additional pieces on other topics in European and American church history. He is the president of the editorial board of the book series Premonstratensian Texts and Studies
. His current book project is an English translation and study of the principal spiritual writings of the Premonstratensian Jacobus Panhausen, abbot of Steinfeld from 1540-1582. Panhausen was an important early figure in the vigorous renewal of the Premonstratensian order following the Council of Trent.