Rachel Harper

Rachel Harper

Associate Dean, Associate Teaching Professor of English

210 Lowry Hall

Phone: 573-882-3009

Email: harperrp@missouri.edu


A winner of the William T. Kemper Award, a Purple Chalk Award, and a WI Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Dr. Rachel Harper is the Associate Dean of the Honors College and the Coordinator of the Honors Humanities Series. She is also an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of English. She has taught at MU since 1996 and in the Humanities Sequence since 1998.

Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Dr. Harper holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Missouri and a B.A. in English and Spanish from Illinois Wesleyan University. Before becoming the Associate Dean of the Honors College, she was the Director of MU’s Writing Center for ten years. Currently, she is working on a critical edition of Jean Kenyon Mackenzie’s 1928 novella The Trader’s Wife and various articles related to tutoring writing and teaching, including ones on applying acting theory to tutoring with Dr. Greg Foster and on the ending of Don Quixote that was inspired by her teaching in the Humanities Series.

When she’s not doing all of the above or serving on a million committees, she’s chasing her three small children, going to MU football games with her husband Jeff, and drinking coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

Regularly Offered Honors Courses

  • GN_HON 2011H – Unbound: Reading Without Limits
  • Honors Humanities Sequence
    • GN_HON 2111H – Epic Destinies, Individual Journeys
    • GN_HON 2112H – Here Be Monsters
    • GN_HON 2113H – Reasonable Devils & Dark Visions
    • GN_HON 2114H – Diagnosing the Dark