A big thank-you to our graduate students

The other day, as I was rearranging the chairs in our conference room for a meeting with our graduate students, I saw a plaque with my name and the year 2017 engraved on the wall. It turns out that, unbeknownst to me, I won the annual Graduate Teaching Award given by the Department’s Graduate Student Association. This is a coveted award in our department and it has never before gone  to a linguist, so I am extra grateful for this recognition and for our graduate student’s support.

Fortunately, since we were about to have our fall pizza meeting, a number of our graduate students were in the room and I could thank them right away. You are the best!

ELL pizza party, Nov. 2018

Eccles Professorship

I am grateful to announce that I have been named the new Mark and Elisabeth Eccles Professor in English. The Eccles family has long supported the mission of the department. Mark Eccles was a Shakespeare scholar and Elisabeth Eccles was an editor at UW press. Mark Eccles was particularly well-known for working with biographical data extracted from public records. Perhaps he would appreciate this picture (please click on link) owned by The Wisconsin Historical Society of his son Bob (currently a member of the department’s Board of Visitors) competing in the West High School Spelling Bee in 1961.