Retiring professor Lee Hammer selected as C-SC's commencement speaker

Posted: May. 6, 2013 10:41 am Updated: May. 20, 2013 11:15 am

CANTON, Mo. -- Lee Hammer has been announced as the featured speaker for Culver-Stockton College's 2013 commencement Saturday.

Hammer, a member of C-SC's English faculty since 1987, is retiring at the end of this academic year.

Before coming to Culver-Stockton, Hammer was an English professor at Quincy University. He also spent a year as interim faculty at the University of Wisconsin.

Hammer received his doctorate degree in English from Marquette University. He received both his master's degree and bachelor's degree in English from Western Illinois University.

"I went to college at large universities. That was OK, but the emphasis at Culver-Stockton is so focused on teaching and that's what I wanted. I couldn't have created a better place that I would want to go," Hammer said in a press release.

Hammer's specialization is modern British literature.

During his time as a Culver-Stockton professor, Hammer saw major changes in the methods of teaching used at C-SC.

"When I first came to Culver-Stockton, the teacher-student relationship was pretty much lecture and listen. But we have now come all the way to active learning. And that is exciting," he said.

Making the switch to active learning in English classes has been an ongoing challenge, and Hammer has met that challenge in a variety of ways. For example, he designed a poetry course where students used photography to represent parts of poems, and he has led several travel courses. His travel courses have included a trip to Scotland and England, and he was participating in a trip to Estonia and Finland this spring.