The 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards banquet took place Thursday, December 5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. From Diversity Leadership to awards in research, advising, and teaching, the annual awards banquet honors faculty excellence in all areas of the college mission.
Nancy Henry and Anthony Welch received awards for their work in the Department of English.
“As we recognize particularly outstanding faculty this evening, I want to thank all of our faculty in the college, individually and collectively, for everything you do— your teaching, research, service on college and university committees, thesis committees, and tenure and promotion committees, and service to the public through community engagement,” said Theresa Lee, dean of the college and emcee for the awards ceremony. “A college can be no greater or stronger than its faculty and the College of Arts and Sciences is a college of excellence because each of you has a passion for our profession and you work selflessly to make our students, departments and university the best they can be.”
Nancy Henry, the Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English, received a Senior Career Award for Research and Creative Achievement. Henry is an internationally recognized scholar of Victorian fiction who specializes in the British novelist George Eliot and in the relationship between literature and finance during this period. Henry’s reputation as one of world’s leading Eliot scholars is based on her four books, seven edited collections, and numerous articles. These include her critically acclaimed The Life of George Eliot: A Critical Biography, and, most recently, Women, Literature and Finance in Victorian Britain: Cultures of Investment. One critic noted “In Henry’ hands, familiar novels become new again as heretofore unknown facts illuminate characters and bring incidental details to life. She describes it as “A masterful contribution to Victorian Studies.”
Anthony Welch, associate professor of English, received an Advising Services Award for his work as director of undergraduate studies, which comes with the central responsibility of advising the department’s majors and minors. According to Allen Dunn, English department head, Welch brings the same thoughtfulness, care, erudition, and scrupulosity to his work with students that has made him a prize-winning Milton scholar. He works with the curricula the way he knows and teaches Paradise Lost, with an expertise bred of attentive close reading as well as a desire to make them clear and accessible to students. Welch is not just skillful at explaining what a student needs to graduate, but why and how courses contribute to their academic and career goals. He is not just renowned for his face-to-face conversations with students. His emails are legendary. As one nominator shared, “They are detailed, considerate, and always student-centered.” Students clearly appreciate the time and energy he invests in advising as demonstrated by their testimony. One student states: “At such a large university, it be can be easy to feel like another number. Professor Welch made me feel supported and seen.” Another shares: “I have seen Welch in action both inside and outside of the classroom and am impressed by his dedication to engaging students, providing encouraging and substantive feedback, and forming” lasting relationships.
Congratulations to our Department of English faculty award winners.