Faculty/Staff Bio

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Stephen D. Palmer

A.B., Bowdoin College; M.A., Middlebury College

Associate Dean of Faculty, English

John B. Small Chair


Work Phone: 860-945-7822

Year Appointed: 1985

Since starting at Taft in 1985, Steve has taught a variety of courses from lowermid English to a range of senior electives and currently is the Associate Dean of Faculty.  He is a longtime coach of boys’ cross-country has often been assistant coach for ice hockey and track.

During his four years at Bowdoin College, he competed every season in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track. A class dean for 10 years, Steve now finds his time filled with paper conferences, grammar extra-help and convincing students that writing is a flexible, individual, disciplined enterprise.  Steve also works closely with new faculty and teaching fellows during their first two years of teaching at Taft.  The Palmer family—Karla, a math teacher and coach, and Henry and Calvin—live on campus in the Ottley House and can be found on the fields or at the gym nearly every afternoon. Their summers are spent in the woods of southern New Hampshire, working on their 1834 house, and running on the trails.

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