Friday, May 22, 2015

Bourelle, Griego-Schmitt and Spong Receive Center for Teaching Excellence Awards


Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Teaching Awards recognize UNM’s Outstanding Educators.

Each year the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee selects recipients for a variety of campus-wide teaching awards.  Awardees are selected following a nomination and dossier-review process.

2014-2015 Online Teacher of the Year:

Andrew Bourelle, English

2014-2015 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants:

Breanna Griego-Schmitt, English

Stephanie Spong, English

Professor Warner Receives the Wertheim Faculty Award

The Wertheim Award is awarded annually to a member of the senior faculty whose scholarship, creative work, teaching, and service make a noteworthy contribution to the department, the College, the university, and the community beyond UNM.

This year a panel of recent Wertheim recipients chose Professor Sharon Warner as the awardee for 2015.

Assistant Professors Tiffany and Andy Bourelle Receive the Julia M. Keleher/Telfair Hendon, Jr. Faculty Award

The Julia M. Keleher/Telfair Hendon, Jr. Faculty Award is given annually to an Assistant Professor who demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching.  In 1995 the Keleher Award account was augmented by its combination with the Telfair Hendon, Jr. Memorial and the first award was given in the 95/96 academic year.

Recent recipients of the Keleher/Hendon Faculty Award named Drs. Tiffany and Andy Bourelle as the recipients of this year’s award.

Assistant Professor Elder Receives Louie Award for Dedicated Service to UNM


Cristyn Elder received the Outstanding Student Service Provider award.  Dr. Elder has been deeply engaged in changing the way we deliver core writing to our students, and her efforts on that and the UNM Lobo Reading Experience, as well as restructuring the 537 Practicum, have made a world of difference to the university.

Please see related articles from Inside UNM and the Division of Student Affairs.

Daniel Worden’s article “Laughing Horse Magazine and Regional Modernism in New Mexico” published in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies

New Mexico was central to the development of American modernism in the 1920s and 1930s, and Laughing Horse magazine documented the distinctive form that modernism took there. Crucial to the arts and literary communities in Santa Fe and Taos, Laughing Horse provided a venue for established writers like Mary Austin and D. H. Lawrence, as well as younger writers like Lynn Riggs and Frank Waters, and the magazine also featured iconic visual images that reinforced the magazine’s regionalist, yet also modernist, aesthetic. This essay argues that Laughing Horse and its network of little magazines are central, rather than peripheral, to modernism.

The article is available through the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies.

Spong Wins Teaching Assistant Award for 2014

Ms. Stephanie Spong, Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of English, earned the College of Arts & Science Teaching Assistant Award for 2014 for embracing both face to face and online teaching and also for finding creative ways to encourage undergraduates to do productive group work in class.

Assistant Professor Wallace Receives Research Grant

The Research Allocation Committee has awarded Dr. Belinda Deneen Wallace a $10,000.00 grant to conduct archival research in the Anglophone Caribbean in order to complete her monograph, Mapping the Meta-Colonial: Caribbean Women Writers and the Queer Path to National Belonging. Her manuscript demonstrates how contemporary Caribbean women writers reimagine Caribbean rebellions, revolutions, and acts of resistance in order to inject queer women’s stories into both the national consciousness and the national narrative. The end result of this injection is the creation of a new nation where queer Caribbean women may fully exist/belong.  Over the next year, Belinda will conduct research in Grenada, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.