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English professor recognized for teaching excellence

February 06, 2012

  • Rachel Cole, associate professor of English

Miller Hall


Rachel Cole, associate professor of English, has received the Graves award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in teaching the humanities.

Cole’s scholarly interests include 19th-century American literature, the intersection of literature with ethics and politics, and the concept of satisfaction. She will use the $8,000 award to support the research required to complete her book, Personal Effects: Alternative Models of Personhood in 19th-Century Literature.

The Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award is administered by Pomona College and the American Council of Learned Societies. It is given in alternate years to select young professors teaching at liberal arts colleges in the western United States.

Cole’s accomplishment continues a string of Graves award successes by Lewis & Clark faculty:  Joel Martinez, assistant professor of philosophy, in 2010; Karen Gross, assistant professor of English, in 2008; David Campion, Pamplin Associate Professor of History, in 2006; Rebecca Copenhaver, associate professor of philosophy, in 2004; Nora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, in 2000; and Alan Cole, professor of religious studies, in 1998.


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