Clayton D. Lein, PhD

Clayton Lein

Title: Professor Emeritus

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

Clayton Lein, Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in literature and drama.

Prior to retiring and taking on the reputable emeritus title, Dr. Lein crafted a successful career in academia with a focus on teaching and inventing courses such as “Time in Renaissance Culture,” “Voyagers and Vagabonds” and “Attitudes Towards Death in Literature.” In his classes, he often intersected pieces of drama with historical periods of time, such as when teaching about the Renaissance, Shakespeare, Edmund Spencer and John Dunne. Dr. Lein specialized in teaching English literature to both graduate and undergraduate students throughout his career.

Dr. Lein attributes his success to his mentors. He completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University and was enormously inspired by Dr. Corliss Arnold, the organist. His other major influences also came in college. A.J.M. Smith was one of the greatest Canadian poets of his generation and he was able to take directed readings from him for three years. They would talk about literature and poetry in every conceivable way. Dr. Lein earned a Master of Arts from Duke University in 1968 and a PhD from the institution in 1970. He originally planned to become a music major, with hopes of being a concert organist and composer, but felt in college that pursuing academia fit his course in life. He credits the success in his career due to the students, who were always inquisitive and engaged while learning. It made his job equally rewarding and exciting.

Dr. Lein has earned many awards and accolades during his career. He received the Recognition Award for the 40th Anniversary of the Lafayette Chamber Singers from the Indiana General Assembly. In 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010, Dr. Lein was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, he has been a featured listee among Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers and the recipient of Purdue’s Amoco Teaching Award. From 1977 to 1978, Dr. Lein was the recipient of the Independent Study and Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Throughout his career, he has maintained affiliation with the Modern Language Association, the American Choral Directors Association, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Alpha Lambda Delta and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

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