Anderson’s Teaching Awards Seven Students
Dr. Kathleen Anderson, professor of English, has made an impact on her students as seven have been awarded in the annual Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) essay contest. Three students have placed in the competition and four have received honorable mention.
This year senior Sarah Nodell, English and secondary education major, took first prize for the undergraduate division in the JASNA essay contest. Nodell’s essay was entitled, “Sharing the Reins: The Crofts’ Rare Depiction of a Blessed Union.”
“Sarah Nodell sought feedback and revised substantially before submitting her essay to the contest. Her hard work and commitment as well as insightful, well-argued ideas contributed to her well-deserved success,” said Anderson.
Anderson made a lasting impact on Nodell ever since an open house lecture prior to attending PBA. Nodell explained that observing how Anderson lectured with students helped her make the decision to attend PBA.
“Winning this contest was life affirming, and for that (and more) I'm thankful to Dr. Anderson,” said Nodell. “She's helped me grow both in and out of the classroom, and I'm so happy that our paths have crossed.”
JASNA conducts an annual student essay contest to foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen's work. Jane Austen was one of England’s foremost novelists who was never publicly acknowledged as a writer during her lifetime. Several hundred students compete for scholarship awards each year. Winners and their mentors each receive a one-year JASNA membership. The first place winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s upcoming annual general meeting. In addition, each winner receives a set of Norton Critical Editions of Jane Austen's novels.