Who’s Who in the Humanities

Robert K. Cording, Ph.D.

Robert K. Cording, Ph.D., defines his job as “teaching students to live life’s questions.” Cording, who holds the James N. and Sarah L. O’Reilly Barrett Chair in Creative Writing, is a poet who has published widely and received a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship. “Literature, and the humanities more broadly, don’t provide answers,” he explains. “What they do is give people a way to explore the big, essential questions that confront every human being. Why are we here? Why is there suffering and death? How can love and faith transform us?” In his teaching, Cording brings students face-to-face with writers who tackle these questions and helps them find their own subjects and voices.