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English Professors Win Top U Teaching Awards!

Professors Katherine Scheil and Dan Philippon are honored
April 14, 2017

Professors Dan Philippon and Katherine Scheil

Professors Dan Philippon and Katherine Scheil
Associate Professor Dan Philippon and Professor Katherine Scheil, winners of University teaching awards

Among the highest honors the University of Minnesota bestows are annual awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching. Among this year's recipients are two English faculty members: Associate Professor Dan Philippon receives a 2016-17 Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award; he has been our Director of Undergraduate Studies since 2013. Professor Katherine Scheil, Director of Graduate Studies from 2011 to 2016, is honored with a 2016-17 Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education Award. Congratulations to them both!

Philippon and Scheil will be celebrated with other recipients at an April 27 awards ceremony. They will also be introduced to the University Board of Regents at their May meeting. Both become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT) and receive $15,000.

The Morse-Alumni Award has been given to professors for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education since 1965. Professor Philippon is a scholar of environmental literature who has taught courses on the 19th-century environmental imagination and public discourse around the environment. He edited the 2009 compilation Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places (University of Minnesota Press). Currently, he is working on a book about food writing, sustainability, and the sense of place.

Professor Scheil specializes in 18th-century and early modern literature, theater history, and performance. She is particularly interested in how people across the world have interacted with Shakespeare's works. Her latest book, She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America (Cornell University Press), came out in 2012, and next year she'll publish Imagining Shakespeare's Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway with Cambridge University Press. She regularly teaches Shakespeare, as well as seminars on comedy and Renaissance drama.