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With 42 years of service as a UCM faculty member, Gail Crump had an opportunity to share his interest in literature and teaching with thousands of students in the Department of English and Philosophy.
A professor emeritus of English who was honored in 2010 with the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Distinguished Service Award, Crump officially retired in December 2011.On his way to a professional teaching career, Crump graduated Summa Cum Laude from Truman State University, and went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Arkansas.
Crump joined the faculty at UCM as an assistant professor of English in 1969 and became a professor in 1981. His career at UCM included service as a an adviser to undergraduate and graduate English majors, serving for four years as chair of the Department of English and Philosophy, and two years as associate provost. His leadership and administrative skills were tapped for temporary assignments as interim chair of the Department of Geography and interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages.
Crump had a strong record of service outside the classroom. He chaired graduate, personnel, majors, promotion and tenure, continuous process improvement, professional activities, and curriculum committees at the department level. He also chaired a number of committees at the college and university levels dealing with subjects such as awards, position searches, promotion and tenure, the “Faculty Guide,” and much more.
His service outside the university has included board membership on the Truman State University Foundation, serving on editorial boards, and contributions as an editorial reader, fiction editor, and reviewer for various publications at the state and national level. He belonged to many professional organizations and was the chapter president of the American Association of University Professors for a number of years.