Thomas Russell Whitaker, PhD

Thomas Whitaker

Title: English Literature Educator, Professor Emeritus
Company: Yale University
Location: Guilford, Connecticut, United States

Thomas Russell Whitaker, PhD, English Literature Educator and Professor Emeritus at Yale University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English literature and higher education.

Growing up as the son of a professor, Dr. Whitaker always held a proclivity for learning, wanting to combine his love for history and literature into his career. In 1949, he graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude. He then sought an education at Yale University, earning a Master of Arts in 1050 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1953.

Commencing his career at Oberlin College in 1952, he rose through the ranks from an English instructor to assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor. After spending 11 years at Goddard College and the University of Iowa, he was subsequently hired by Yale University as a professor of English in 1975. Now a professor emeritus, Dr. Whitaker was the Frederick W. Hilles Professor of English from 1989 to 1995, professor of theater studies from 1986 to 1995, and chair of the English department from 1979 to 1985.

A member of the Modern Language Association, Dr. Whitaker was an advisor of the Yale National Initiative from 2002 to 2012 and served on the editorial board of “On Common Ground” from 1993 to 2009. He is also a former writer and advisor of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute National Demonstration Project from 1998 to 2002. A prolific author, he has penned a number of books, including “Mirrors of Our Playing: Paradigms and Presences in Modern Drama” in 1999, “Narrator Video Script: Excellence in Teaching: Agenda for Partnership” in 1997, and “Swan and Shadow: Yeats’s Dialogue with History” in 1964 and 1989.

In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Whitaker was honored with the Seton Elm and Ivy Award from the City of New Haven and Yale University in 2005, as well as the Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching from the Danforth Foundation in 1972. A former fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1969 and 1970, he was also elected a fellow of National Endowment for the Humanities Huntington Library in 1981.

Married to Lillian Ann Schoenberger Traub since 2003, Dr. Whitaker is the proud father of four children and one grandchild. Notably, he has been selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2017, he was named a Worldwide Humanitarian and Industry Leader by Marquis Who’s Who.

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