Patricia Okker

Patricia Okker
Dean of Arts and Science; Professor
317 Lowry
Areas of Study: 
American Literature to 1914
Women's and Gender Studies in English
Research and Teaching: 

Dean of College of Arts and Science and Professor of English, Patricia Okker has been a faculty member at the University of Missouri since 1990. She previously served as Senior Associate Provost and as Chair of the English Department.  As Dean, she oversees 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. She also teaches 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.


PhD 1990, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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Awards and Honors: 
  • William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching
  • Faculty-Alumni Award