Dr. Menzer received her B.A. from Williams College and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She came to Furman as barely more than a child and is in her 18th year on the faculty, having been tenured in 2002, and promoted to full professor in 2010. Her research interests revolve around two poles: the history of linguistic thought and the importance of reading medieval texts in their manuscript context. She has published on works by Ælfric of Eynsham and by Byrhtferth of Ramsey and has recently completed a project on the glosses on BL, Cotton Faustina A.x.
Dr. Menzer teaches English department courses in linguistics and early medieval texts, as well as a regular First Year Writing course entitled "Who Speaks Bad English?" In May 2014, she hopes to teach her first May X course, "Why We Swim."
Dr. Menzer can be found weekdays at lunchtime at the pool at the PAC. She has done a number of open water swims, including the Alcatraz Sharkfest swim and the Lowcountry Splash. She regularly teaches fourth grade Hebrew at the Temple of Israel religious school.