This award was instituted by the WLA Executive Council in 2005 and was given for the first time at the 2006 WLA Conference in Boise. It is awarded every other year (in even years).
|2012||Melody Graulich and Annette Kolodny|
|2008||Susan Naramore Maher|
|2006||James H. Maguire|
Susan Rosowski (1942–2004), long-time WLA member and University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Adele Hall University Professor, epitomized what it means to be a generous and caring mentor and teacher. While her service to the Association and to Cather studies on a national level was exemplary and her scholarship (The Voyage Perilous  and Birthing a Nation ) was singular and remains widely used, Sue is best remembered as a teacher and mentor of unparalleled quality.
The association welcomes nominations of outstanding teachers and mentors in the field of western American literature. Candidates can be nominated by students or colleagues with a letter of support addressed to the award decision committee; candidates can also self-nominate. Once nominated, the candidate will be notified and invited to submit supporting materials (such as letters from students and/or other colleagues, syllabi, especially those for courses using western American literature, a narrative letter about teaching/mentoring philosophy, documentation of advising, pedagogical publications, and other materials, due August 15, 2014).
Letters of nomination (by fellow WLA members, fellow faculty at home universities, students, or self-nominations) are due by July 1, 2014, and should be addressed to:
William R. Handley
University of Southern California
College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Department of English, THH 404E
3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0354
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