Rachel P. Harper

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Associate Teaching Professor & Associate Dean, Honors College
213 Lowry Hall

PhD 2004, University of Missouri

BA 1994, Illinois Wesleyan University

Research and Teaching

Dr. Rachel Harper is the Associate Dean of the Honors College and the Missouri Scholars Academy. She is also the Coordinator of the Honors Humanities Series and 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.

Awards and Honors

Faculty and Alumni Award, 2023

Standing Ovation Award, Missouri Scholars Academy, 2019

William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching, 2015

Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award, Campus Writing Program, 2015

A&S Purple Chalk Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2014