Where learning, service, and leadership go hand-in-hand
We believe that a liberal arts education prepares you for more than a first job: it prepares you to become a leader in your field and in your community. The knowledge and skills you will acquire and hone during your four years at Eureka will also prepare you to pursue careers in fields that emerge over the next 50 years, many of which may not even exist when you graduate.
At Eureka you’ll find opportunities to lead by serving others in the College community and across the region. In your first semester on campus, you’ll participate in a service project in your First-Year Seminar class. That experience will help you begin to identify other ways to put your liberal arts education to use serving the community.
At Eureka you’ll find faculty members who will push you to accomplish things that you might think impossible. They’ll hold you to high academic standards but they’ll be there to help and support you along the way. You’ll find them in their offices ready to meet you and answer your questions, clarify what they covered in class, or help you to shape a sense of your vocation. You’ll see them eating in the dining hall with students as well as colleagues. And you’ll see them at theatre productions, gallery openings, and volleyball games. Because we are a small, tight-knit community, they’ll get to know you even if they haven’t had you for a class.
I hope that you’ll choose to join our community by attending Eureka College. Once you’ve become part of us, we know you’ll want to remain a part of the Eureka community forever.
Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier has recently joined the Eureka College administrative team and will be providing academic leadership starting fall semester 2009. Cavalier formerly was an associate professor of American literature and dean of general education at Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina.
At Catawba College, Cavalier was director of the First-Year Experience program to introduce students to the interconnectedness of liberal and professional education and increase their engagement with the social and intellectual life of the campus community. He helped design the college’s First-Year Seminar to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college. He also chaired the committee that planned the renovation and expansion of the college library, and he was coordinator of the summer school program. He was selected as teacher of the year in 2002, 2003 and this year.
As a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine during the 2005-2006 academic year, Cavalier taught American literature at two universities in Kyiv and delivered guest lectures throughout Ukraine. He also delivered lectures in Estonia and Egypt that were sponsored by the U.S. Embassies. He is a member of the Fulbright Peer Review Committee for Central Eurasia
The New York City native received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.; a master’s degree in English with honors from Northeastern University, Boston; and a doctorate in English from State University of New York, Buffalo.