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Edward Hoddes Cohen joined the faculty of the English department in 1967 and has served Rollins College as an active academic and proactive force in the community.

Cohen was born on November 6, 1941, in Washington, District of Columbia. He studied at the University of Maryland, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English in 1963. In 1964, Cohen received his M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, and in 1967, he received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Having joined the Rollins College faculty in 1967, Cohen has taught courses in English and also found time to publish articles and papers. He specializes in British and American Literature Since 1890 and is an expert of Victorian Literature. Over the years he has taught courses in topics such as Twentieth Century British Literature, British Romantics, and American Realism.

Throughout his Rollins career, Cohen has been recognized as an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow (1971), an Outstanding Educator in America (1971 and 1972), a Henry E. Huntington Library Fellow (1972), and an American Council on Education Fellow (1981). He participated in in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar in 1977, received the Hugh F. McKean Honorary Award in 1979, and was awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship in 1992.

In addition, Cohen was recognized as the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English. He has also served as a member of the Victorian Studies Bibliography Committee, the editor and compiler of the Victorian Bibliography, a member of the MLA Bibliography advisory committee, and a member of the Modern Language Association.

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Cohen discusses early experiences as a professor

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Cohen discusses some accomplishments

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Cohen discusses growth and change in the student body and the overall atmosphere of Rollins

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Cohen discusses experiences in his career that impacted him, the college, and the student body

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Cohen discusses course that were most enjoyable and most challenging