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Throughout her career as an educator, Dr. Rose Marie Kinder shared her deep appreciation for writing with students in the classroom and throughout creative projects that included her own literary works and the works of others.
Dr. Kinder has retired as professor emerita of English after devoting 13 years to teaching courses such as Creative Writing, Women’s Literature and Composition in the Department of English and Philosophy. She came to the university as an assistant professor, and through hard work and proven ability, she advanced to the rank of full professor within six years after her arrival.
In addition to teaching hundreds of students over the years, Dr. Kinder participated in a number of service projects that allowed her to use her literary skills. She was the editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, which in 2002 celebrated its 11th consecutive year of Missouri Arts Council funding. This publication earned national recognition, and won awards such as the 2002 Pushcart Prize for fiction and poetry. She also served as coordinator of the Creative Writing Program, 1992-2002, and coordinator of the Annual Writing Awards, a regional event, 1992-1997.
Dr. Kinder wrote an award-winning book, Sweet Angel Band, which won the Willa Cather Fiction Contest in 1991.
She earned Bachelors of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona.