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Irene Elliot Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Winners of the Irene Elliot Teaching Awards: Trevor C. Meyer and Jasmine Bailey

Winner, First-Year USC Instructor: Trevor C. Meyer

Trevor C. Meyer (M.A. University of Northern Colorado, 2012) is a 2nd year Ph.D. student starting his fourth year of teaching composition. His interests lie in rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy, and the intersections therein---especially reinvestigating productive contention, agōn, in the writing class. This investigation has centered on teaching rhetoric as a martial art and see what martial arts pedagogy might provide the composition classroom. He is also interested in agōn as productive contention more broadly (materially, politically, philosophically), Ancient Greek language and rhetoric, specifically the figures Gorgias, Protagoras, and Aristotle and its influence on modern theory and pedagogy, and the works of Deleuze, Derrida, and Foucault. He also had burgeoning interest in Celtic and Near East rhetoric. He wears a kilt and boots.

Winner, Experienced USC Instructor: Jasmine Bailey

Jasmine Bailey graduated from USC in 2013 with an MFA in Fiction and currently serves as an adjunct instructor for First-Year English. She not only hopes that her students fine-tune their critical reading skills, but also cultivate a sense of social responsibility. She enjoys gender studies and writing about the allure of the grotesque. When not in the classroom, she can be found chilling with a lovable ball python named London, hatching large moths, drowning in unfinished DIY projects, and frolicking in natural landscapes.

About Irene Elliott:

A native of Laurens, S.C., Irene Elliott earned a BA from Randolph-Macon Women's College. After earning an MA from the University of South Carolina in 1921, she went to the University of North Carolina, where she earned one of the first PhDs given to a woman at that university. She then came back to the University of South Carolina in 1924, where she served as professor of English and the first dean of women in the university's history. She served in that capacity until 1935, when ill health forced her retirement. However, in the wake of World War II, a shortage of English professors brought her back to the university in 1946, and she taught another 18 years until her retirement in 1964. The Irene Elliott Teaching Awards are open to any full-time instructor, graduate teaching assistant, or adjunct who has taught in the FYE Program during an academic year. There are two awards: one for first-time teachers and the other for experienced teachers.