University of New Mexico Professor of English Jesse Alemán was recently awarded the Ruth and Lillian Marino endowed faculty chair for Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Summer Graduate School of English, a summer residential graduate program of Middlebury College that provides education in British, American and world literature.
Alemán, who has been on faculty at UNM since 1999, said, "Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Graduate School of English is a renowned program, and for the last six summers, it has provided me the opportunity to teach graduate seminars to sharp, dedicated and engaging students who strive to live up to Bread Loaf's tradition of excellence. The small, seminar-style learning suits my pedagogy perfectly, while the students, most of whom are teachers themselves pursuing advanced degrees, help to bring out the best of my classroom teaching."
A student wrote, "Dr. Jesse Alemán is fantastic… the best professor I've had in three years of Bread Loaf. He's dynamic, brilliant, caring, fun, fair and just wonderful!"
Named chairs represent endowments given to the Bread Loaf School of English; the endowments are a major honor awarded to different faculty members across the four Bread Loaf campuses: Ripton, Vermont; Ashville, North Carolina; Oxford, UK; and Santa Fe, N.M., each year in recognition of excellence in teaching. The Ruth and Lillian Marino chair was established by the Marino sisters, who are Bread Loaf graduates. They left the largest gift in Bread Loaf's history. The fund has supported the salaries of many great Bread Loaf professors over the years, and this year, it went to Alemán.
The Bread Loaf School of English, which draws faculty from leading institutions to cultivate a diverse and dynamic learning community that fosters innovative, culturally responsive thinking, teaching and professional development, offers Master of Arts and Master of Letters degrees in English.
Alemán has been a Bread Loaf summer graduate faculty member for six years, teaching courses on nineteenth-century American renaissance, the American gothic, and southwestern literature and film. At UNM, he also teaches Chicano/a literature.
Alemán is acclaimed at UNM, as well. He is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences' Award for Teaching Excellence; the American Indian Student Services' STARS Award; the Wertheim Award for Outstanding English Faculty member; and was named Outstanding Faculty Member by the English Graduate Student Association and UNM's Peer Mentoring for Graduate Students of Color.
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