Key selected as 2019 EIU Distinguished Faculty Member
Newton Key with our 2019 Spring Commencement speaker, Julie Proscia.
Dr. Newton Key, Department of History, was recognized by the Faculty Senate with the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award. An internationally-recognized scholar of 17th-century England, Dr. Key is the co-author of Early Modern England, 1485-1714: A Narrative History, which has achieved widespread adoption in the United Kingdom as a standard textbook in English history. On campus, Dr. Key is well-known for his innovation in and enthusiasm for teaching, as well as for being a warm, generous, and accessible colleague. As director of the newly-formed Faculty Development and Innovation Center, he is forging valuable interdisciplinary connections campus-wide and is creating new avenues for active learning. Congratulations, Newton!
Park named 2019-20 EIU Faculty Laureate
Dr. Suzie Asha Park, Professor of English and Assistant Dean of the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College, was chosen as EIU's Faculty Laureate for the academic year 2019-2020. Faculty chosen for this distinction are recognized for their excellence in teaching general education classes. Dr. Park's areas of expertise include British Romanticism, the novel, poetry, women writers, sentimental culture, literary theory, information theory, and the medical humanities. As English Department Chair Angela VIetto notes, "she is a dedicated teacher, one who understands how intimately reading, writing, and critical thinking are interrelated— and challenges students on all three fronts." She also is a strong advocate for student engagement and research beyond the classroom, frequently facilitating opportunities for students to interact with distinguished scholars in the field. Her students have gone on to receive fellowships and competitive placements in Ph.D. programs across the country. Congratulations, Suzie!
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