Rita Lester, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Rita Lester, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion
Office location

Old Main 304


(402) 465-2300


PhD, Religion Northwestern University, 1997
MTS, Theology & Ethics, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1991
BA, Philosophy & Religion, Graceland University, 1989

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

2014 Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumnae Award

2012 Nebraska Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education 

2010-2011 Dr. Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award, NWU

2008 YMCA Women Eliminating Racism Award

2007 Contributing author to Women and Religion in North America, winner of the American Historical Association Leland Award for Best Reference Book, 2001-2006 

2002 United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award, NWU

2001 Harvard Pluralism Project Research Affiliate