Dr. Melanie Almeder receives 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award

Salem, Va. - Dr. Melanie Almeder, associate professor of English at Roanoke College, has received a 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education and Dominion Resources. The award, which recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service, is Virginia's highest honor for faculty at the state's public and private colleges and universities. Almeder joins 11 other award recipients, all faculty members from colleges and universities across Virginia.

"Dr. Almeder is a wonderful teacher who is dedicated to her students," Roanoke President Michael Maxey said. "She is an accomplished poet and scholar as well. We are fortunate to have her on our campus."

At Roanoke College, Almeder teaches poetry writing, Native American literature, contemporary novel, and special topics courses, including a contemporary culture and literature course, "The Writer in Politics." Almeder's poems have been widely published in a range of journals, including The Georgia Review, Poetry, Five Points, 32 Poems, Seneca Review, The Comstock Review and American Literary Review. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Her first book of poems On Dream Street, won the Tupelo Press Editor's Prize and was published in February 2007. The book was a finalist in for the Walt Whitman Award.

 "One of the things I love about teaching and learning in the Roanoke College community is the ethic that our learning is not distinct from our community lives, that the two inform each other in vital ways," Almeder said.

Almeder, who received her BA in English from the University of Virginia, MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts and PhD in contemporary fiction from the University of Florida, was recognized with the Roanoke College Dean's Council Exemplary Teaching Award in 2003. She also has been honored three times as a finalist in the rising star category of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award sponsored by SCHEV.

She and the 11 other recipients will be recognized during a ceremony and luncheon February 17 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Prior to the event, the recipients will be introduced on the floor of the General Assembly.

Almeder is the third member of the Roanoke faculty to receive Outstanding Faculty Award honors. Dr. Roland Minton, professor of mathematics, won the award in 2005 and Dr. Gregory Weiss, professor of sociology, won in 2004.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast" and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges" list.

Released: January 26, 2011
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