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Prof. Cynthia Cornell Named to Brady Chair in English Department

February 4, 1994

cynthia cornell bw.jpgFebruary 4, 1994, Greencastle, Ind. — Cynthia Cornell, professor of English at DePauw University, has been named to the department's Jane Cooling Brady Chair, President Robert G. Bottoms announced today. The endowed professorship was established in 1990 by Mrs. Brady of Indianapolis, a 1938 DePauw graduate who majored in English literature. Her intent was to recognize a senior professor who has made significant contributions through teaching and scholarship.

"Cynthia Cornell is the kind of outstanding professor that Mrs. Brady had in mind when she endowed the professorship," Dr. Bottoms says. "Not only does Professor Cornell enthusiastically share our literary heritage with students, but also she helps them learn and understand the broader contexts within which literature exists. She shows students that literature is relevant to areas of life outside of college."

Dr. Cornell's teaching and research specialties include Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, major English writers, introduction to fiction, the novel, introduction to Old English, Medieval Literature in Translation, and exploratory writing. She helped develop the Lilly Freshman English Core program, in which students read provocative pieces of literature as a starting point for their writing. Cornell takes a lead role in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at DePauw, and she conducts the writing placement program through which students are placed in appropriate level English classes. She also is an associate EC Postcard 60s.jpgfaculty development coordinator for the Writing Competence or "W" program.

The DePauw honorary organizations Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta selected Cornell as the recipient of their first-ever "Favorite Professor Award" in 1987. She was awarded the Academic Council Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1980, and was appointed a mentor for new faculty at DePauw in 1988.

The professor has presented papers at numerous national professional organizations and has written articles for journals.

Cynthia Cornell joined the DePauw faculty in 1975. She received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College, master's in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned her doctorate in Medieval English literature from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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