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Tapestry - Fall 2005

Rosemary Weatherston recognized by UDM peers

Rosemary Weatherston (center) with UDM President Gerard Stockhausen, S.J., (left) and College of Liberal Arts and Education Dean Charles Marske.

Associate Professor of English Rosemary Weatherston is the 2005 recipient of the UDM Faculty Achievement Award. Each year, members of the UDM faculty have the opportunity to nominate two individuals who they believe exemplify the best of who the faculty are at UDM as demonstrated by their excellence in education, professional and academic scholarship and by their representation of the UDM Mission. Weatherston and Professor of Biomedical Sciences Virginia Merchant, who received the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award, were honored by the University on Nov. 4.

"So much of my work at the University is collaborative, so to be recognized by my peers is a very special honor. I feel privileged to be included in the company of the accomplished men and women who have received this award before me," says Weatherston.

Weatherston joined the English Department at UDM in August 2000, after completing her dissertation on “fictional characters and cultural icons that function as ‘informants’ between different U.S. identity groups” at the University of Southern California. In addition to her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Southern California, she holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

In her teaching, Weatherston professes the University’s ideal of a student-centered education in furthering “the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students.” She is a model of diligence, exacting standards, dedication and commitment. Semester after semester, she arranges individual conferences for classes of 35 students to work with them on their essays. She inspires students to relate theories of identity and culture not only to literary texts but also to their own situations. As a result, students operate as excited participants in the learning process.

As a scholar, Weatherston has had much success in publishing her work in journals and book collections. She has also presented papers before several respected professional organizations, serving at times as a panel organizer and chair. Her scholarship examines contemporary theories of difference, frequently focusing on academic and cultural representations of marginalized groups.

As the director of the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture and UDM Press, Weatherston has been the driving force behind the production of several high-quality, student-centered and scholarly publications. Her editing of the critical poetry anthology, A Different Image: the Legacy of Broadside Press and its companion CD, has reaffirmed historical links between the University and its outside community. The Library of Michigan included A Different Image on its list of Michigan Notable Books for 2005. None of these efforts would have borne fruit without her tireless efforts and inspired directorship.