English Professor Erin Belieu comes from a family of educators, and she remembers dinners when her father would speak eloquently about the potential nobility of teaching as a calling.
Professor Kathleen Yancey has collected numerous awards and honors during her 30-plus years as a professor of rhetoric and composition and a sometime administrator. Her most recent achievement, however, is one she never expected nor sought to win: the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication Exemplar Award.
Professor Andrew Epstein’s book "Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture" (Oxford, 2016) has been named as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017.
Assistant Professor Alisha Gaines places her first book-length publication, Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy (U of North Carolina P, 2017), high on her list for career achievements.
Professor Robert Olen Butler has a lifelong writing career and three-plus decades of teaching, skillfully juggling both. He has earned acclaim and major awards for his storytelling prowess, and Butler has guided hundreds of students through their own creative process, watching them win their own writing awards or become teachers as well.
When Dorothy Chan was an undergraduate at Cornell University, she met with one of her advisors, Associate Professor of English Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, to discuss the process for applying to graduate programs. Chan specifically asked if she should cater the package of poems she sent with her applications to the specific schools.
Taylor Clement, a doctoral candidate in Renaissance Literature and History of Text Technologies, has been awarded a 2017-18 Mellon/American Council of Learned Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
As 2016 neared its end, English Professor Jimmy Kimbrell found out he will have additional time to work on his newest collection of poetry, Flea Trap: an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship accompanied Kimbrell’s Guggenheim Fellowship, which he won in April 2016.
Meegan Kennedy recently received a big boost from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and thanks to its support, she soon will be able to resume her research full time into some of the little things in life. Very little things.