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Professor Peter Beidler, the Lucy G. Moses Distinguished Professor of English at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, is a 1962 graduate of Earlham College, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in English. Dr. Beidler received his master's and doctoral degrees in English from Lehigh University in 1965 and 1968, respectively, then began his tenure there as an assistant professor of English. He has 13 books, nine editing projects and more than 120 scholarly articles to his credit. The range of his scholarship extends from Chaucer and medieval literature to the American Indian culture.

In 1983, Professor Beidler was named "National Professor of the Year" by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He received a Fulbright professorship in 1987-88 at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. In 1994, Dr. Beidler accepted the Senior Lindback Award for distinguished teaching at Lehigh University having previously received the Junior Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in 1971.