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2020 Humanities Center-Affiliated Faculty Award Winners

2020 Faculty Awards

Numerous Humanities Center-Affiliated Faculty were recognized as recipients of 2020 Faculty Honors. Below is a list the faculty members that were honored.

President's Faculty Book Awards
Amy Koerber - 1st place, College of Media and Communication

Megan Condis - 2nd place, College of Media and Communication

Curtis Bauer - 3rd place, College of Arts and Sciences

Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award - Social Science, Humanities, and Creative Arts disciplines
Susan Larson, College of Arts and Sciences

President's Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Awards
Aliza Wong, Honors College and College of Arts and Sciences

Rob Peaslee, College of Media and Communication

Andy Gedeon, Museum of Texas Tech University

2020 President's Excellence in Teaching Professorships
Ali Duffy, J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts

Nancy J. Bell Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award
Emily Skidmore, College of Arts and Sciences

Zachary Brittsan, College of Arts and Sciences

2020 Integrated Scholars
Emily Skidmore, College of Arts and Sciences

For a complete list of faculty award winners, click here: 2020 Faculty Awards

JUSTICE Art Contest Exhibit opens at First Friday Art Trail

Skidmore LGBTQIA

To view photos of the art exhibition, please visit JUSTICE Art Photos.



2020 Visiting Fellow Ross Forman

Skidmore LGBTQIARoss G. Forman teaches in the English and Comparative Literary Studies Department at the University of Warwick (UK), where he is Associate Professor of Anglophone Nineteenth-century Literature and Culture. Trained at Harvard and Stanford, he specializes in Britain's relationship with East and Southeast Asia (as well as Brazil) during the long nineteenth century. He is the author of China and the Victorian Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was a winner of the Rudikoff Prize for Best First Book in Victorian Studies in 2015. He has published in a variety of journals, including Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Genre, and is author of the chapter on “Empire” in the Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle. He has a piece forthcoming on the reception of the Oscar Wilde trials in Brazil in a special issue of Victorian Literature and Culture, due out in 2020.

His current research is a monograph entitled Asian Matters, British Viewpoints. This project surveys the multiple, nuanced ways in which Britons have been transforming, ingesting, and, indeed, creating Asia since the 1840s. Challenging the primacy of imperialism in India in studies of Britain's role in nineteenth-century globalization, the book undertakes an examination of the material and popular culture generated out of Britain's contact with and investment in East Asia and Southeast Asia. Two key areas of interest are international exhibitions in the 1880s and 1890s, where millions were exposed to the often-interactive displays mounted by/for China and Japan, and foodways, with a particular interest in the development of Asian restaurants (often hosted at the exhibition spaces themselves) and cookbooks. An important element of this study involves archival research on the workers brought over to Britain and its colonies from Asia to staff the restaurants, shops, and performances that the exhibitions fostered. This project engages with the fundamental concepts surrounding what it means to be human and the development and interpretation of human rights during the long nineteenth century.

Dr. Forman will be on campus throughout the 2020 spring semester. He will office in Drane Hall. Please stop by the Humanities Center and get to know this distinguished fellow.

To learn more about Dr. Forman, please visit: ROSS FORMAN.


On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the Humanities Center held the fifth annual ALUMNI COLLEGE in the Student Union Building. The event featured talks from eleven  fellows from across many humanities disciplines.

To view photos from the event, please click the group image below. 

2019 Alumni College Fellows

2019 Alumni College Fellows pictured above are as follows: (Bottom row, left to right) Katie Langford (Communication Studies), William Tortorelli (CMLL), Lauren Griffith (SASW), Aaron Braver (English) and Brendan Regan (CMLL); (Top row, left to right) Callie Kostelich (English), Pamela Zinn (CMLL), Lisa Phillips (English) and Michael Borshuk (Humanities Center Interim Director). Not pictured: Kanika Batra (English), Costica Bradatan (Honors College), Andrew Hinton (Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive). Photograph by Neal Hinkle.

Humanities Center Advisory Board Member Emily Skidmore recognized as 2019 Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Faculty Ally of the Year

Skidmore LGBTQIA Congratulations to Dr. Emily Skidmore, Humanities Center Advisory Board Member, on being named the 2019 Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Faculty Ally of the Year. Dr. Skidmore received the award during the fourth annual Lavender Graduation was held May 16. LGBTQIA students and those committed to their practice of 'allyship' from Texas Tech University participated. Pictured (left to right): Carol Sumner (Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), Viet Nguyen (HDFS student) , Emily Skidmore (Humanities Center Advisory Board Member, Dept. of History), Cathy Duran (Vice Provost, Student Affairs), and Grace Rogers (Lubbock PFLAG.)

The Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year is awarded to a member of the faculty and staff for demonstrating meritorious effort toward improving the climate, diversity, and inclusivity at Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock.
In 1993, Rev. and Mrs. Dotts co-founded the Lubbock Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Still in operation today, this organization has served countless people facing adversity because of who a member of their family or friend loves or how they identify and/or present their gender.

Following the compassion and humility shown by the Dotts and many others, this honor is bestowed on a faculty and staff member who works to increase awareness of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals through education, organizing, and advocacy. Regardless of whether the their efforts are seen or unseen, the impact of their work touches the lives of many and the community is thankful.

Their commitment is best demonstrated with their unwillingness to accept tolerance as the gold standard towards those with varying sexual orientations and/or gender identities. Rather, they strive for affirmation and celebration of our shared human diversity.

For more information about The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, please visit: LGBTQIA

2019 Humanities Center-Affiliated Faculty Award Winners

Numerous Humanities Center-Affiliated Faculty were recognized on April 17, 2019 at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation. Pictured below with TTU President Lawrence Schovanec are: (top left) President's Excellence in Teaching Awardee Justin Keene (Media & Communication); (top right) President's Faculty Book Award First Place Angela Mariani (Visual & Performing Arts); (bottom left) President's Faculty Book Award Second Place Emily Skidmore (History); (bottom right) President's Faculty Book Award Third Place Catherine Langford

2019 Winners

First Place:
Mariani, Angela (2017) Improvisation and Inventio in the Performance of Medieval Music: A Practical Approach Oxford University Press

Second Place:
Skidmore, Emily (2017) True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century NYU Press

Third Place (tie):
Langford, Catherine (2017) Scalia V. Scalia: Opportunistic Textualism in Constitutional Interpretation University Of Alabama Press

Held, L. I., Jr. (2017) Deep Homology? Uncanny Similarities of Humans and Flies Uncovered by Evo-Devo. Cambridge University Press.

For a complete list of Faculty Awards please visit: Faculty Awards

Humanities Center Founding Board Member Monte Monroe appointed Texas State Historian by Governor Gregg Abbott

Monte Monroe On Wednesday, September 26th, Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Monroe Monroe, Ph.D. as the Texas State Historian for a term set to expire on September 26, 2020. As such, he is responsible for increasing public knowledge about the rich and diverse history of the state, encouraging the teaching of Texas history in public schools, consulting with state leaders to promote Texas history, and making presentations on Texas history topics.

Monte L. Monroe, Ph.D. of Lubbock is the archivist of the Southwest Collection and on faculty at Texas Tech University. Formerly editor of the West Texas Historical Review, he has taught and published widely on Texas history, serves on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, the boards of the West and East Texas Historical Associations, is chair of the Texas State Historical Association Archives Committee, is on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Handbook of Texas Women Online, and is a former board member for the Texas Map Society. He is a founding board member of the Humanities Center at Texas Tech, president of the Rotary Club of Lubbock Foundation, former president of the Downtown Rotary Club of Lubbock, and president of The Meriwether Society, Inc. He was formerly Secretary General of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, an International Master Instructor and International Referee in Taekwondo, and officiated that sport at the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games. Monroe received a Bachelor of Arts in literature and history from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in history from Texas Tech University.


Humanities Center Faculty Fellow Wins 2018 NEH Summer Stipend Grant

Brittsan Grant 

The Humanities Center congratulates Faculty Fellow Zachary Brittsan, Department of History, for being named a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities 2018 Summer Stipend grant. His project, "Trying Modernity: Murder and Justice in Mexico's Age of Conflict, 1847-1871" is one of 199 humanities projects receiving a total of $18.6 million from the NEH.

To learn more about Dr. Brittsan, please visit his profile page: Trying Modernity.

To learn more about the National Endowment for the Humanities, please visit: NEH.


2018 Humanities Center-Affiliated Faculty Award Winners

Seven present or former Humanities Center Fellows and the Center's Founding Director received awards at the 2018 Faculty Honors Convocation in April.

2018 Faculty Winners

Pictured above are (left to right) John Poch (English), Victoria Surliuga (CMLL), Dorothy Chansky, Founding Director of the Humanities Center (Theatre & Dance), Julie Zook (Architecture), and Idoia Elola (CMLL.)

President's Faculty Book Awards:
First Place - Victoria Surliuga (CMLL), 2016 Alumni College Fellow
Ezio Gribaudo: The Man in the Middle of Modernism (Glitterati, 2016)

President's Excellence in Research Professorships:
John Poch (English), 2018 Faculty Fellow
Dorothy Chansky (Theatre & Dance), Founding Director of the Humanities Center 
Howard Curzer (Philosophy), 2015 Alumni College Fellow
Julie Willett (History), 2017 Alumni College Fellow

President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship:
Idoia Elola (CMLL), 2016 Alumni College Fellow

President's Excellence in Teaching Award:
Idoia Elola (CMLL), 2016 Alumni College Fellow

TTU Alumni Association New Faculty Award:
Julie Zook  (Architecture), 2017 Alumni College Fellow

Donald R. Haragan Study Abroad Award:
Idoia Elola (CMLL), 2016 Alumni College Fellow


"Food and..." Conference Student Competition Winners

Category 1: Literary and Creative Arts
First Place - Amy Kim,  Suspension of Disbelief (photograph series)
Second Place - Sarah K. Spomer, Food and Illness: Emetophobia (jewelry piece)

Category 2: Scholarly Paper
First Place - Patrick Midgley, "Food and The Skriker: Consumption and Corruption in Churchill's Posthuman Fairy World"
Second Place - Chi Ha, "Food Talks: Culinary Transformation in Colonial Vietnam"

Pictured below are the 2018 student competition winners:
(kneeling left to right) Amy Kim and Patrick Midgley
(seated left to right) Sarah K. Spomer and Chi Ha 
Photograph by Ashley Rodgers.

Student Winners


Humanities Center Board Member Wins 2017 NEH Grant

NEH Swingen grant

The Humanities Center congratulates Board Member Abigail Swingen, Department of History, for being named a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities 2017 Summer Stipend grant. Her project, "The Financial Revolution and the British Empire during the 17th and 18th Centuries" is one of 208 humanities projects receiving a total of $21.7 million from the NEH. 

To learn more about Dr. Swingen's research, please visit: Financial Revolution.

To learn more about the National Endowment for the Humanities, please visit: NEH.


2017 President's Book Award Winners

Book Award

Award winners are listed below, as pictured above, left to right.

Third Place (tie): Dorothy Chansky (Theatre & Dance), Kitchen Sink Realisms: Domestic Labor, Dining, and Drama in American Theatre (University of Iowa Press, 2015).

Third Place (tie): Kent Wilkinson (Media & Communication), Spanish-Language Television in the United States: Fifty Years of Development (Routledge, 2015).

Second Place: Abigail Swingen (History), Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Empire (Yale University Press, 2015).

Not Pictured: First Place, Costica Bradatan (Honors College) for his book Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers (Bloomsbury, 2015). To learn more about Dr. Bradatan please visit: Costica Bradatan.

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