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  • Dr. Dana C. Elder, Ph.D
    Dr. Dana C. Elder, Ph.D
    Director of University Honors, Professor of English
    217 Hargreaves Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6305

    Dana Elder, Ph.D., is the director of the Honors Program at EWU. Dr. Elder received his undergraduate degree in Spanish language and literature and an MA in comparative literature from the University of Washington. He also received a Ph.D. in rhetoric, composition and English literature from Washington State University. In an interview he explains that life at EWU is the combination of multiple aspects; “I think the people who work here are nicer. I really do. Students talk to the professors outside of the class...I just like the people I work with. I like the students … [They] make a big difference.” His personal life philosophy is derived from multiple philosophers, but Dr.  Elder is fairly fond of Plato, who reminds him that he cannot achieve perfection but can work towards it. “We can work towards justice and truth and equality. So I think even though we’re never going to get there, we can still work on it, … and we can become better ourselves by working on it" - another of Dr. Elder's quotes that he wishes to be known for and to see present in the Honors Program.

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