Dr. Joy Raser,
professor of English, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature
Dr. Joy Raser has established life-long connections with students since joining USM in 2000. With diverse expertise, Dr. Raser pushes students to think beyond themselves. Her classes are designed for students who hope to excel in writing, communications and literature. She teaches at both the main and Overland Park campuses.
Dr. Raser is particularly interested in women’s literature, literary theory and world literature. In 2007, she was one of 12 college professors selected to participate in a three-week conference, “Teaching about Islam and Islamic Culture,” sponsored in part by the U.S. State Department and held in Amman, Jordan. Her classes are challenging, but students ultimately appreciate that.
“I see myself as a facilitator helping students become independent learners as they explore new authors and ideas and, through the study of literature, to become more empathetic human beings and world citizens,” Dr. Raser said.