Established in 2006 by the St. Olaf Board of Regents, the Marie M. Meyer Distinguished Professor is named in honor of Marie Malmin Meyer, professor emerita of English, 1899-2001. One of the first St. Olaf recipients of a faculty Fulbright award, Marie Meyer taught Shakespeare and world literature in the department of English from 1923 until her retirement in 1968. For over a quarter of a century she was a member and frequent chair of the faculty’s Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee. This chair recognizes Dr. Meyer’s distinguished record of teaching, leadership, scholarship, and service to the college.
Anne Groton has taught at St. Olaf since 1981. She received tenure in 1988 and has since been promoted to Associate professor and professor of Classics. She currently serves as department chair of Classics, as well as program director of Ancient & Medieval Studies. She has published four books, three of which contribute to the fields of Greek and Latin language pedagogy. Her fourth book, an edited collection of essays in honor of James May, appeared in print earlier this spring. In addition, she has authored numerous articles and delivered many invited lectures and presentations at professional meetings. Professor Groton has served as officer of the American Philological Association/Society for Classical Studies; the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and the Classics Association of Minnesota, among others.
Professor Groton teaches courses in both Greek and Latin, as well as a wide variety of courses in English on classical topics. She has led interims abroad many times and has taught in the Great Conversation. Anne directs the biennial production of the Latin play. She has received numerous awards for teaching, and in 2007 was awarded the Gertrud Hilleboe Award for Faculty Involvement in Student Life.
She has also contributed greatly to the college at large, having served on a variety of committees. She was selected to give the Mellby Lecture in 1985, has given numerous chapel talks and symposia at St. Olaf, and was president and organizer of the Language and Literature group for many years.
L. Henry Kermott, Professor Emeritus of Biology, was the first to hold this appointment, followed by Paul Zorn, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.