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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 Director 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 several inspired by her teaching in the Humanities Series. Harper also does curriculum for the College and helps coordinate the Missouri Scholars Academy
When she’s not doing all of the above or serving on a million committees, she’s chasing her three boys, going to musicals at the Fabulous Fox Theatre with her husband Jeff, and drinking coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.