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Donald Dale Kummings, American language educator. Named Wisconsin Professor of Year, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, 1997.


Kummings, Donald Dale was born on July 28, 1940 in Lafayette, Indiana, United States. Son of Herman Wilhelm and Estelle Catherine (Easterwood) Kummings.


Bachelor, Purdue University, 1962. Master of Arts, Purdue University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1971.


Teaching associate Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1963—1964. Instructor English Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, 1964—1966. Associate instructor Indiana University, Bloomington, 1966—1970.

Assistant professor English University Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, 1970—1975, associate professor English, 1975—1985, professor English, 1985—2006. Emeritus professor English, since 2006. Chair department English University Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, 1974—1976, 1991—1994.

Book review editor Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, 1983-1990. Panelist, reviewer National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 1992-2005. Lecturer in field; book manuscript consultant Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, University Tennessee Press, Susquehanna University Press, University Iowa Press, Houghton Mifflin, W.W. Norton, Oxford (England) University Press, Blackwell Public, Bachelor of Arts Longman, Bedford/St. Martin's.


Member Honor Our Neighbors' Origins and Rights, since 1991. Member Modern Language Association (consultant reader 1993, 94), American Civil Liberties Union, American Literature Association, Academy American Poets, Wisconsin Fellow of Poets, Walt Whitman Association, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Greenpeace.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, photography, jazz, racquetball.


Married Gail Nadine Savage, March 23, 1963 (divorced August 1978). Children: Kevin Scott (deceased), Jeremy William. Married Patricia Finnelly Larson, March 21, 1987.

Herman Wilhelm Kummings

Estelle Catherine (Easterwood) Kummings

Gail Nadine Savage

Patricia Finnelly Larson

Kevin Scott Kummings (deceased)

Jeremy William Kummings