Patricia Okker

Patricia Okker
Professor Emerita

PhD 1990, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Research and Teaching

Former Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Professor Emerita of English, Patricia Okker was a faculty member at the University of Missouri from 1990-2021. She served as Senior Associate Provost and as Chair of the English Department.  As Dean, she oversaw 28 departments, 13 programs, two museums, and two ROTC units. With almost 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 500 faculty, and 200 staff, the College of Arts and Science is the largest academic unit in the state of Missouri and generates almost half of MU’s student credit hours.  A&S offers more than 90 degree programs, including 20 doctoral degrees. Dean Okker’s research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century American periodicals and women’s writing. At MU, she also taught courses on “ Career exploration for students in the liberal arts” and on “Writing about running.” She received a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2003 and a Faculty-Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association in 2013.

Awards and Honors

William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching

Faculty-Alumni Award

Selected Publications

Patricia Okker. Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America. University of Virginia Press, 2003.

Patricia Okker. Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors. University of Georgia Press, 1995

Patricia Okker, ed. Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction. Routledge, 2011.