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Derek Pacheco

Associate Professor of English
College of Liberal Arts Award of Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher

Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, where he’s been since 2008, Prof. Pacheco received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2006.  He regularly teaches courses on gender and literature, children’s literature, and American literature to 1865.  Prof. Pacheco's strength as an instructor, he believes, comes from underscoring the traditional pillars of liberal arts education, those skills that never go out of fashion: critical thinking, sympathetic imagination, respect for diversity, appreciation for the complex, and the capacity to explain complexities as succinctly as possible, whether in written or oral form.  Most importantly, he is guided by Thorin’s dying words in The Hobbit (a book he teaches often): “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

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