Peggy Rae Dorris, PhD

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Title: Professor Emeritus & Chair of Biology Department
Company: Henderson State University / Arkansas State University
Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States

Peggy Dorris, Professor Emeritus of Henderson State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

Encouraged by her parents to pursue a career in education, Dr. Dorris excelled as an educator for 40 years. Her area of expertise includes zoology, herpetology-entomology, ichthyology, general biology and human sexuality. At the start of her profession, she served as a biology teacher for public schools in Mississippi and Arkansas between 1956 and 1962. Soon thereafter, she assumed employment with the University of Mississippi, Oxford, as a graduate assistant for four years. Dr. Dorris later joined Henderson State University in 1966, where she served the role of a professor for 30 years. Simultaneously, she contributed as the chairman of the department biology for the aforementioned institution until her retirement in 1996.

Prior to embarking on her professional journey, Dr. Dorris earned a Bachelor of Science with distinction from Mississippi College in 1956. Seven years later, she received a Master of Science from the University of Mississippi. Furthermore, she completed her academic efforts with a Doctor of Philosophy from the aforementioned institution in 1967.

Civically, Dr. Dorris dedicated her time as the livestock chairperson of the Clark County Fair Association in 1989, of which she also sat on the board of directors. Additionally, she was a member of the Arkadelphia Water and Sewer Commission for 29 years. As a consultant, she provided assistance to area hospitals, public schools, local communities, and emergency groups on the brown recluse spider and poisonous snake bites, as well as for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in DeGray Lake, Arkansas.

A respected voice in the field, Dr. Dorris is the author of the novels, “God and Nature,” “Yesterday, Today and Evermore” and “Deer Hunting from the Cradle to the Grave.” Additionally, she has contributed numerous scientific articles to state and national professional journals. In a career filled with many highlights, Dr. Dorris was proud to have taught her students that went on to lead successful careers in biology. She also attributes her success to a good education, good friends and great teachers. Achievements to her credit include obtaining a contract and grant for the biological inventory of the Red River from Shreveport, Louisiana to Index, Arkansas.

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