Awards and Distinctions

Honors and Awards

Representative Literary Awards and Honors:

  • “Climbing the Tower” (poem) – Pushcart prize nominee, 2011
  • Alchemy of Words – Small Press Award for Best book, 2009
  • L(ie)fe Boat – 1st Place chapbook contest:  Blue Stone Press, 1990
  • East Tennessee Writers’ Hall of Fame – poetry inductee, 2010

General:

  • Selected as member/scholar for Oxford Round Table, University of Oxford, England, 2011 and 2009
  • Elected East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, 2010
  • NISOD National Award for Outstanding Teacher, University of TX, 2009

Pellissippi State Community College:

  • Innovation Award, 2015
  • Outstanding Faculty, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching, 2011
  • Student Choice Teacher Award, 2004 – 2011

Professional Memberships:

  • Modern Language Association
  • Southeastern Modern Language Association
  • Two-Year College Association of Teachers of English