Graduate Faculty



The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship


Jointly sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the AU Graduate School, the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship Award carries with it a $2,000 award from the Alumni Association. The recipients are nominated by deans, department heads, etc. and chosen by the Graduate Faculty Council on the basis of excellence in research.


The 2014 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship Recipient

Paula R. Backscheider, Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar, specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, feminist criticism, and cultural studies. She is the author of several books including Daniel Defoe: His Life (winner of the British Council Prize), Spectacular Politics, Reflections on Biography, and Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and their Poetry: Inventing Agency, Inventing Genre (winner of the Modern Language Association Lowell Prize). Two of her books have been selected for the Choice Outstanding Academic Book award. She has published articles in PMLA, Theatre Journal, ELH, and many other journals.

A former president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, she has held ACLS, NEH, and Guggenheim Fellowships and is one of the few American members of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh. Her most recent book is Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the Development of the English Novel. An award-winning teacher, she is dedicated to discussion courses and creating an atmosphere in which students can be themselves and feel free to take risks.

Previous Recipients

2013
Dr. S. D. Worley

2012
Dr. Gary Gruenhage

2011
Dr. Chris Newland

2010
Malcom Crocker
Mechanial Engineering

2009
Dr. Kimberly C. Walls
Music Education

2008
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Pathobiology

2007
Dr. Ram Gupta
Chemical Engineering

2006
Dr. Olav Kallenberg
Mathematics and Statistics

2004–05
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Physiology

2003–04
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Human Development and Family Studies

2002–03
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

2001–02
Krystyna Kuperberg
Mathematics

2000–2001
Daniel Szechi
History

1999–2000
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Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

1998–99
W. Daniel Lewis
History

1997–1998
L. Bruce Gladden
Health and Human Performance

1996–1997
Chris Rodger
Discrete and Statistical Sciences

1995–96
Richard C. Jaeger
Electrical Engineering

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