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April 29, 2010

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UT Tyler Associate Professor Receives National Recognition


Dr. Catherine Ross, an associate professor of literature and languages at The University of Texas at Tyler, is one of 14 faculty members selected nationwide to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities “Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers” June 7 – July 9 at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Dr. Hui Wu, Department of Literature and Languages chair, announced.  

During the five-week program, participants will study the aesthetics of British Romanticism. They will work on both individual and collective research and teaching projects in the areas of later 18th and early 19th century British literature and culture. Each will receive a $3,900 stipend to cover travel, study and living expenses.

Ross has published articles on Wordsworth, Coleridge and pedagogy. Her current research projects include the polymathic nature of Romantic intellectuals and the relationships between science and literature.  Her work at the NEH seminar is part of a larger book project that considers the genesis, in 19th century British aesthetics, of modern-day culture of specialization.

The project reflects Ross’s hopes “to help specialists in all fields to recognize their common heritage and to find ways, whenever possible, to work together on contemporary problems by combining, rather than further isolating, our disciplinary knowledge.”

Ross holds a master of arts in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in British Literature from UT Austin. A faculty member since 1998, Ross teaches British literature – specializing in the Romantic and Victorian periods, literature and science and the history and practice of rhetoric.

She has twice received the UT Tyler Alpha Chi Omega Outstanding Faculty Award and was appointed to represent Tyler in the 2005 honors edition of the Empire Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Education

NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, and its seminars for scholars are among the most prestigious events of this kind.

For more information, visit http://www.neh.gov/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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