English & Philosophy

Dr. Cliff Toliver

Professor, English

Office Number, Building: KUHN 203A

Telephone: 417-625-9641

On-campus Email: Toliver-C@mssu.edu

First Semester at Missouri Southern: Fall 2001


  • B.A., Anthropology, Texas Tech
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • M.A., English, University of Texas
  • Ph.D., English, University of Texas

I offer classes in English composition, early British literatures, and poetry. I hold a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin. I have served as President of the MSSU Faculty Senate and Director of MSSU’s First-Year Experience Program. I came to Joplin and MSSU from Austin, Texas, where I taught courses in English literature and German and served as Chair of the Division of Humanities at Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black, four-year institution. During the 1970s and 1980s, I studied and taught in Germany. I travelled widely during those years, visiting some 50 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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