Zora Devrnja Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Title: Retired Associate Dean, Professor Emerita
Company: Iowa State University
Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

Zora Devrnja Zimmerman, Ph.D., Retired Associate Dean and Professor Emerita at Iowa State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English literature.

Developing a love for literature and writing in her formative years, Dr. Zimmerman went on to matriculate at the State University of New York, Buffalo, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1967 and a Doctor of Philosophy in comparative literature in 1974. Following her own education, she joined Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she dedicated the entirety of her nearly 40 year-career to the English Department. Dr. Zimmerman commenced her career with the institution as an assistant professor of English in 1974, going on to be promoted to associate professor of English in 1980 and full professor of English in 1984. For 23 years beginning in 1990, she excelled as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences until attaining emerita status in 2013.

Broadening her knowledge of literature and folklore throughout the course of her career, Dr. Zimmerman has contributes to numerous works in her field. Notably, she is the author of the books “Functions of Metaphor in Traditional Serbian Narrative” from 1974 and “Serbian Folk Poetry: Ancient Legends, Romantic Songs” from 1986. In addition, Dr. Zimmerman was the editor of “Richard Gustafson: Arc from Now” in 1978, as well as a contributor of articles to multiple professional journals and chapters to books between 1975 and 2012.

The recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from Iowa State University in 2013, Dr. Zimmerman is proud of her efforts in finding solutions and working with numerous students and colleagues. Earlier, she was a National Endowment of The Humanities Summer Fellow of Folklore at Indiana University in 1979. To remain abreast of advancements to her industry, Dr. Zimmerman maintains affiliation with the American Folklore Society, Slavic, East European and Eurasian Folklore Association and Phi Beta Kappa. As a testament to her legacy, she can also be found in the 54th through 59th editions of Who’s Who in America, the seventh and eighth editions of Who’s Who in American Education and the 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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