Rachel Harper

Rachel and Jack
Associate Director of the Honors College
213 Lowry
Areas of Study: 
American Literature to 1914
Research and Teaching: 

A winner of the 2015 William T. Kemper Award, Dr. Rachel Harper is the Associate Director of MU’s Honors College and the Coordinator of the Honors Humanities Sequence. From 2007-2017, she also served as the Director of the MU Writing Center. She has taught at MU since 1996 and in the Honors College 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. She teaches all four semesters of the Honors Humanities Sequence and regularly lectures on Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Melville’s Benito Cereno in the third semester of the series. For many years, she also taught a range of courses in the English Department: from English 1000 to American Literature Surveys to World Literature to a course on The Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing, the latter of which all undergraduates must take before being considered for a position as a writing tutor.

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 Sequence.

When she’s not doing all of the above or serving on a million committees, she’s chasing her three small children. And drinking coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.


2004 Ph.D., University of Missouri

Awards and Honors: 

William T. Kemper Fellow, University of Missouri, 2015

Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award, 2015

Mortar Board, 2014

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