Dr. Debrah Raschke to be Honored with 2017 PRIDE Award

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Dr. Debrah Raschke, professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, will be honored with the 2017 PRIDE Award during the University’s Faculty Development Day at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 11 in the University Center Ballroom.

The recipient of the award is honored for exemplifying the teacher/scholar model. Raschke was selected for the PRIDE Award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges and schools. This is the 21st year Southeast has presented the PRIDE Award.

“I am honored beyond measure to receive the 2017 PRIDE Award,” Raschke said. “I am thankful for this extraordinary privilege, and for those who supported my nomination. I am grateful to the University for the opportunity to fulfill my life’s work, the passion for life-long learning and a passion for sharing that learning. I am truly humbled by this honor.”

The Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy.

“Dr. Raschke’s extraordinary work as a teacher and scholar, particularly her focus on the success of students, distinguishes her among many faculty colleagues with strong records in these areas,” said Dr. Karl Kunkel, Southeast provost. “I am proud to work with faculty as dedicated as Dr. Raschke and believe she certainly deserves the prestigious PRIDE award as an outstanding faculty member in the 2017 academic year. She joins a long line of outstanding annual recipients of this award spanning more than 20 years at Southeast Missouri State.”

Raschke, who has been employed by Southeast for 20 years, has a reputation for outstanding performance as an instructor and scholar.

“Dr. Raschke has contributed extensively to the University and her discipline,” said Dr. Frank Barrios, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She is dedicated to the students and an accomplished researcher and author. She exhibits the link between effective teaching and current research in her classroom performance.”

Students consistently rank her highly in evaluations, and she continuously improves and modernizes her classroom instruction, including incorporating technology, Barrios added. She is also known for the dedication she shows in her advising and mentoring of individual students. She has mentored several honors projects and directed eight graduate theses since 2012, serving as a second reader on many more theses.

“I would like to thank as well all of those students whose dialogue and ideas have made this award possible,” Raschke said. “The students I have encountered here at Southeast have been phenomenal. They continually challenge and expand my thinking, and I would like to think they keep me young at heart. They have immensely enriched my world, which then I hope, in turn, enriches students in my future classes. I know how fortunate I am to have a job that brings me joy.”

She has served and continues to serve on numerous committees within the University. Currently, she is a member of the University Tenure and Promotion and Sabbatical Leave Advisory Committee and the Department of English’s Literature Committee and Faculty Development Committee. She is the chair of the University Library Committee.

Raschke has also been active in two international organizations, the Margaret Atwood Society and the Doris Lessing Society, both of which are allied organizations of the Modern Language Association. She served as president of the Doris Lessing Society from 2003-2006 and served as MLA liaison for both societies.

“Dr. Raschke exemplifies the highest standard of teaching, research and service,” said Dr. Susan Kendrick, chair of the Department of English. “Since her arrival at Southeast in 1997, she has dedicated herself to creating an identity of academic excellence in which her research and service are inextricably connected to her teaching. She provides her students with the best possible educational experience, whether they are taking an undergraduate or graduate course.”

Raschke has been honored with the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award and the Margaret Atwood Society’s Best Article Award. She has presented at numerous international and national conferences, including several presentations at the highly competitive MLA Convention.  She has served as a reviewer of manuscripts for several prominent journals such as “Twentieth-Century Literature,” “Papers of the Modern Language Association” and “Contemporary Women Writers.”

Raschke’s scholarship focuses on two primary areas: British modernism and contemporary Anglo-phone literature. She has published two books, “Modernism, Metaphysics, and Sexuality,” and “Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times,” which she co-edited with two Lessing scholars.

She has published 26 articles or book chapters. Among them are “Margaret Atwood’s ‘MaddAddam’ Trilogy: Postmodernism, Apocalypse, and Rapture” in “Studies in Canadian Literature” and “Framed Identity: Finding Lucy in Atwood’s Death by Landscape” in “Mosaic.” Her work on Atwood’s trilogy identifies concerns with the slow death of the imagination. Raschke’s work is also characterized by her work in contemporary literary theory, which she sees as an inviolable conduit for understanding contemporary culture. She is considered one of the foremost researchers of the works of Doris Lessing and Margaret Atwood.

Raschke holds a doctoral degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Master of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in social sciences, both from Colorado State University.

Before coming to Southeast in 1997, Raschke served as a visiting assistant professor at the College of William & Mary, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. She started at Southeast as an assistant professor, becoming an associate professor in 2001 and professor in 2006.