Associate professor of English Jessica Barr receives EC teaching award

Jessica Barr

Jessica Barr of Eureka, a Eureka College associate professor of English since 2007, was named the 2014 recipient of the Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award at the college’s commencement May 10.

The award recognizes excellence, creativity and innovation in teaching. It includes a financial stipend, and the award-winner is the speaker at the college’s fall opening convocation. Nominations are made by faculty, staff and students, and the winner is chosen by a selection committee.

The award is named for a 1928 Eureka College alumna who had a long and successful teaching career.

“Dr. Barr has been an exemplary teacher, scholar and mentor during her seven years at Eureka College and has made a profound impact on our academic community,” said Provost and Dean Philip Acree Cavalier, who presented the award.

Barr is the chairwoman of the Humanities Division and the director of the Honors Program. She teaches courses in British literature, classical literature, continental European literature, developmental writing, academic writing and research, English seminar, first-year seminar, western civilization and honors seminar.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and a master’s degree and doctorate, both from Brown University, Providence, R.I.