Willie Steele began teaching at Lipscomb in 2015 after teaching at Oklahoma Christian University and Cascade College, in Portland, Oregon. He earned his MA in English at Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Steele teaches American literature and a variety of surveys and seminars, including sports literature, Mark Twain, and American Humor. He has published two books, including "Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella", the first ever biography of the writer whose novel "Shoeless Joe" was turned into the film "Field of Dreams." Steele is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Society for American Baseball Research, and the Sport Literature Association. He is also the co-editor of "NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture" and is a regular presenter at the NINE Conference and the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture."