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William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities

The Tolley Professorship was established in 1995 to ensure continued excellence in pedagogy at Syracuse. Underwritten by private donors and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the professorship has benefited hundreds of tenured and nontenured faculty members. The two-year appointment was named to honor Chancellor Emeritus William P. Tolley, who served as Chancellor of Syracuse University from 1942 until 1969.

Meet The Current Tolley Professor

Tolley Professor Mike Goode represents the highest level of teaching in the humanities and commitment to educational excellence, innovative research and discovery.

Goode, a professor of English in A&S, is a renowned expert in the study of Romantic and Victorian literature and culture. Goode's Tolley Professorship will focus on environmental humanities education, highlighting how to teach ecology and climate in humanities courses.

Professor Goode joined Syracuse University in 2003 after working for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Reed College. He served as an assistant professor of English until 2010 and as an associate professor of English until his naming as a full professor in spring 2022. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University in economics in 1993, and both a master’s degree (1995) and Ph.D. (2001) in English from the University of Chicago.

Past Professors