This award was instituted by the WLA Executive Council in 2005 and was given for the first time at the 2006 WLA Conference in Boise. It is awarded every other year (in even years).
The Susan J. Rosowski Award recipients
|2014||Evelyn I. Funda
|2012||Melody Graulich and Annette Kolodny
|2008||Susan Naramore Maher
|2006||James H. Maguire
Susan Rosowski (1942–2004), long-time WLA member and University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Adele Hall University Professor, epitomized what it means to be a generous and caring mentor and teacher. While her service to the Association and to Cather studies on a national level was exemplary and her scholarship (The Voyage Perilous
 and Birthing a Nation
) was singular and remains widely used, Sue is best remembered as a teacher and mentor of unparalleled quality.
The association welcomes nominations of outstanding teachers and mentors in the field of western American literature. Candidates can be nominated by students or colleagues with a letter of support addressed to the award decision committee; candidates can also self-nominate. Once nominated, the candidate will be notified and invited to submit supporting materials (such as letters from students and/or other colleagues, syllabi, especially those for courses usi
ng western American literature, a narrative letter about teaching/mentoring philosophy, documentation of advising, pedagogical publications, and other materials, due August 1, 2016). Once nominated, the candidate stays in the pool of nominees for two cycles
Letters of nomination (by fellow WLA members, fellow faculty at home universities, students, or self-nominations) are due June 1, 2016
. The supporting materials are to be sent to Evelyn Funda, Chair of the Susan J. Rosowski Award Committee.
They can be submitted via email to Evelyn Funda
or by mail to
Utah State University
3200 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84321-3200
Questions: E-mail Evelyn Funda.