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Higgs, Elton | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives

Name: Higgs, Elton


Historical Note:

Professor Elton Dale Higgs received his B.A. in English from Abilene Christian College in 1961, his M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. His dissertation topic was “The Dream as Framework in the Works of Chaucer, Langland, and the Pearl Poet.” Higgs joined the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1965 as an assistant professor of English in the Humanities Department of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.  He was promoted to associate professor in 1970, and to full professor in 1974.  He taught in the English Language and Literature discipline, specializing in the literature of the Medieval period. He also served on a number of committees. He was the director of an NEH grant to develop courses, called “The Humanities in the World of Decision-Making, during 1979-1980, and chair of the Self-Study committee during the preparation for the accreditation visit of the North Central Association during 1982-83.  As the University Historian, he wrote a history of the university entitled A Gift Renewed: The first Twenty-Five Years of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 1959-1984, for the twenty-fifth anniversary in 1984.  In 1991, he directed a review of the English Language and Literature Discipline. Higgs retired from the University in 2000, and continues to work on a supplementary volume to the University’s history. He has interviewed most of the senior officers, and is also participating in the University Archives oral history project to interview retired faculty members.

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