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Carolyn Perry

Carolyn Perry

Professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
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  • Academic Affairs
  • English


Current Position
Professor of English, and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Other Administrative Positions
Vice President and Dean of Faculty, April 2009-June 2018, Interim Vice President and Dean of Faculty, January 2008-March 2009; Chair, Division of Humanities, August 2006-December 2007; Chair, Department of English, 2003-2006; Writer, NCA Accreditation Report, 2003-2005; Coordinator, Westminster Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program and Writing Center (1991-1996).

Dr. Perry earned a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri and her M.A. from the University of Nebraska. In 1990, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, with a specialization in Victorian and Modern Literature.

Dr. Perry came to Westminster College in the fall of 1991 to teach English and to develop the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program. After running the WAC program and directing the Writing Lab for five years, she began teaching full-time in the English Department. In addition to teaching English, she has served as the department chair, as the sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta (the English honorary society), as a supporter of the Women's and Gender Studies program and the Remley Women's Center, as a host for international students, and as an advocate for study abroad. She became the Interim Vice President and Dean in January 2008, VP and Dean in April 2009, and Senior Vice President in July 2012.

Scholarly/Professional Highlights
Dr. Perry has co-edited three books--The Dolphin Reader (with Doug Hunt), Southern Women's Writing, Colonial to Contemporary (with Mary Weaks), and The History of Southern Women's Literature (with Mary Weaks)-and has presented numerous papers at academic conferences. In the past few years, she has won the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year, and the Westminster Parents Association Teacher of the Year. In May of 2007, she took part in a faculty exchange with the University of Winchester in Winchester, England.

Personal Information
Dr. Perry and her late husband, Greg, have three daughters-Jessica, Emily, and Erin. They make their home in Jefferson City, Missouri. Dr. Perry's interests include reading, book clubs, hiking, and travel. The family also enjoys hosting Westminster students whenever possible.
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