Lois Agnew and Horace Campbell, professors in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, are being recognized for their exceptional work with graduate students.
Associate professor and chair of The Writing Program, Agnew is the recipient of the 2015 William Wasserstrom Prize for the Teaching of Graduate Students. The Wasserstrom Prize is named for the great English professor at the University who died in 1985. Since then, the prize has been awarded every year to an A&S professor who embodies Wasserstrom’s aesthetic as a graduate seminar leader, research and dissertation director, and advisor and role model.
“Lois is an extraordinary asset to the College of Arts and Sciences and to the University, as a whole,” says Karin Ruhlandt, dean of A&S and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. “Not only does Professor Agnew inspire her students to work hard, but she also empowers them to achieve more than they thought possible on their own. Her keen understanding of issues pertaining to religion, science, technology, and the press has redefined our understanding of rhetorical history and theory.”
During her decade-long tenure at the University, Agnew has received multiple honors and awards, including the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award and the Meredith Teaching Recognition Award. She is the author of numerous articles, essays, and chapters, and of the books Thomas De Quincey: British Rhetoric’s Romantic Turn (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012) and Outward, Visible Propriety: Stoic Philosophy and Eighteenth-Century British Rhetorics (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008). She earned a Ph.D. in English from Texas Christian University.