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Lisa Woolfork awarded All-University Teaching Award
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Professor Lisa Woolfork has been awarded an All-University Teaching Award for her creative and rigorous commitment to student learning. She received her award alongside other teachers at a ceremony last Wednesday. Read more about the award and reflections on Professor Woolfork's teaching at UVA Today.

Professor Alison Booth receives major NEH grant
Friday, April 10, 2015

Alison Booth has received a highly competitive Level-II Startup Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, to support a project entitled Cohorts of Women in Biographical Collections (CWBC). Beginning in 2015, CWBC builds upon the common ground of Booth’s ongoing experiments on biographical narratives and networks documented in 1200 biographical collections published since 1830, in the Collective Biographies of Women bibliography and database (CBW), and Daniel Pitti’s Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC), which mines 2.6 million archival descriptions in 3,000 repositories (and growing). CWBC sustains Booth’s collaboration with Worthy Martin, Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and Project Manager Rennie Mapp, Lecturer in English, with a distinguished international advisory board. The project will improve the biographical records of women in many contexts, model biographical-archival data exchange, and create Cohort Analysis Prototype (CAP), a tool widely useful for sharing and maintaining unique biographical records and visualizing textual, archival, and social cohorts and networks.

Read more about the NEH grants at their website here.

Lisa Russ Spaar selected finalist for national Cherry Award for Great Teaching
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar has been selected as one of three finalists for Baylor University's 2016 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the only national teaching award presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching.

As Cherry Award finalists, each professor will receive $15,000, as well as $10,000 for their home departments to foster the development of teaching skills. Each finalist will present a series of lectures at Baylor during fall 2015 and also a Cherry Award lecture on their home campuses during the upcoming academic year. The eventual Cherry Award winner will receive $250,000 and an additional $25,000 for her home department and will teach in residence at Baylor during fall 2016 or spring 2017.

Professor Spaar adds this award to her other numerous recognitions for outstanding teaching, including a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Award for 2013-15, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.

Read more about Professor Spaar and the award at UVA Today and Baylor's Media Communications page.

Rita Dove Pays Homage to Toni Morrison at National Book Critics Circle
Friday, March 20, 2015

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Commonwealth Professor Rita Dove paid homage to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison at the March 12 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) annual awards ceremony at The New School in New York City. Professor Dove introduced Ms. Morrison as this year’s recipient of the NBCC’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can read the full text of Rita Dove’s tribute to Toni Morrison on the National Book Critics Circle website, here.

The same text, with an introduction by NBCC vice president Karen Long, also appeared on the website of the Cleveland Foundation, together with the video of the entire awards ceremony, here.

UVA chosen to host Shakespeare's First Folio
Sunday, March 1, 2015

A committee of English professors were instrumental in attracting William Shakespeare's "First Folio" to the University of Virginia. Eighteen of Shakespeare's plays are known today only because they were included in the “First Folio,” among them “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night,” “Julius Caesar,” “As You Like It” and “The Tempest." One of the most famous books in the world, the collection of plays will be on view at U.Va. – the only location in the commonwealth – as part of a 2016 national traveling exhibition, “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.” The Folger Shakespeare Library Association, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is taking the tour to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico in 2016, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

A committee of U.Va. English professors submitted the successful proposal to host the exhibition for the commonwealth of Virginia. Katharine Maus chairs the group, which comprises Victor Luftig, Michael Suarez, David Vander Meulen, and Paul Cantor. The committee worked with Eliza Gilligan, Debra Guy, Hoke Perkins, Mercy Procaccini, Molly Schwartzburg, and David Whitesell of the U.Va. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, plus U.Va.’s Center for the Liberal Arts and the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, to land the exhibit.

Read more at UVA Today.