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Distinguished Colleagues

The Distinguished Colleague Award is given for "significant and sustained contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service."
All active FCEA members are eligible for this award.
Candidates need not demonstrate equivalent contributions in all three areas;
selection is based on overall accomplishments.
Submission requirements include a letter of nomination, a list of three references, and a curriculum vitae. 
Contact Socky O'Sullivan at mosullivan@rollins.edu for more information and nominations.

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The twelfth annual Distinguished Colleague Award was given at the FCEA Conference in Ybor City, October 2013, to:

Claudia Slate
Florida Southern College

Professor at Florida Southern College, Claudia served on the Executive Board of FCEA from 20__-20__. From 2005-2010. Claudia was co-director of the African American Studies concentration. Her interests are in the areas of American literature from 1865 to present, African American literature, protest literature, and college composition. 

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The eleventh annual Distinguished Colleague Award was given at the FCEA Conference in Ybor City, October 2012, to:

April Van Camp
Indian River State College

Currently the Chairperson for the English, Communications, and Modern Languages Department at IRSC, April  served two terms as President of the Florida College English Association and  has been a member of FCEA since 1996. A supporter of  The Zora Fest Committee of Fort Pierce,  she is also on the Board of Directors for Healthy Start Coalition in Okeechobee County. She is co-editor of a forthcoming collection of critical essays on Florida women writers, currently titled Sweet Tea and Palm Trees: Conversations about Florida’s Feminine Fiction.

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The tenth annual Distinguished Colleague Award was given at the FCEA Conference in Melbourne on October 14, 2011, to:

Keith Huneycutt
Florida Southern College

Professor at Florida Southern College, Keith served on the Executive Board of FCEA from 2005-2009, as Vice President, 2005-06, and President, 2006-07.  Co-author of Echoes from a Distant Frontier: The Brown Sisters' Correspondence from Antebellum Florida, he is also an active member of the Florida Historical Society.

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The ninth annual Distinguished Colleague Award was given at the FCEA Conference in
Winter Park on October 15, 2010, to:

Rich McKee
State College of Florida, Manatee and Sarasota

Treasurer of FCEA since 2004, Rich is a founding Associate Editor of Florida English. In addition he has organized Creative Writing Open Mic sessions at FCEA Conferences and entertained at the conference receptions.  He is a master satirist who wrote a regular column for Oasis literary magazine, and a collection of his columns was published by Alabama UP as The Clan of the Flapdragon and Other Adventures in Etymology by B.M.W. Scrapnel, Ph.D.  Currently a faculty member of the State College of Florida, Manatee and Sarasota: Venice Campus, he has also taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design and at West Virginia Northern Community College.

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The eighth annual Distinguished Colleague Award was given at the FCEA Conference in
Boynton Beach  on October 16, 2009, to:

Steve Brahlek
Palm Beach State College

An Associate Professor at Palm Beach State College, Steve has organized its annual Writers' Symposium bringing in composition specialists from across the country. He is actively involved in student activities ranging from eco-service learning to creative writing to coaching the soccer team at PBSC.  As a multi-year FCEA Board member Steve has served as Program Chair, Vice President and President. He is currently the FCEA liaison to the College English Association.

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The seventh annual Distinguished Colleague Award was given at the FCEA Conference in
Ybor City on October 17, 2008, to:

Anna Lillios
University of Central Florida

Currently the Executive Director of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society and on the Executive Board of the International Lawrence Durrell Society,  Anna served as Vice President and President of FCEA. 1997-99.  She is the author of the forthcoming Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of  Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,  numerous scholarly articles and papers, and the editor of Lawrence Durrell and the Greek World.  An Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, Anna received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

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Kevin McCarthy

The sixth annual Distinguished Colleague Award 
was given at the FCEA Conference in Fort Pierce
on November 9, 2007, to:

Kevin McCarthy
University of Florida

With a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina:Chapel Hill, Kevin McCarthy taught in the Peace Corps in Turkey, in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia as a Fulbright Professor, and as a professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Florida for 33 years. He has had 37 books published plus articles in scholarly and popular journals. He served for 18 years as the Executive Director of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society. He has also served as president of the FCEA and as the Distinguished Alumni Professor of the University of Florida. He continues to research and write nonfiction books about Florida.  

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The fifth annual Distinguished Colleague Award 
was given at the FCEA Conference in Lakeland  
on November 10, 2006, to:

Richard Adicks
University of Central Florida

Richard Adicks

After receiving his Ph.D. from Tulane, Richard Adicks had a distinguished career as Professor of Literature at the University of Central Florida. He has received the College of Arts and Science award for excellence in teaching, served as president of FCEA, and been active in historical organizations. In addition to teaching courses ranging from 19th century British and modern American to ancient Greek and Biblical literature, he has published a novel, A Court for Owls [1989], books on Florida history, Le Conte's Report of East Florida [1978] and Oviedo, Biography of a Town [1979]), and articles on literature.

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Susan Monroe Nugent

The fourth annual Distinguished Colleague Award 
was given at the FCEA Conference in Daytona Beach 
on November 4, 2005, to:

Susan Monroe Nugent
Santa Fe Community College

Susan served on the Executive Board of FCEA from 1995-98 and as Vice President, 2001-02, and President, 2002-03. Currently a faculty member at Santa Fe Community College, Susan has also taught at Florida Keys Community College, where she was named Teacher of the Year for 1996-97, and at Keene State College in  New Hampshire. Avid conservationists, Susan and her husband Harold, were named National Volunteers of the Year by the National Fish and Wildlife Association in 1999.  She is currently working on two books: one about The Nature Conservancy and one focusing on the women behind the environmental movement in the Florida Keys.

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The third annual Distinguished Colleague Award 
was given at the FCEA Conference in Lake Worth  
on October 21, 2004, to:

Jane Anderson Jones
Manatee Community College: Venice
(now: State College of Florida, Manatee and Sarasota)

 

Jane Anderson Jones

President of FCEA, 2001-2002, Jane has been on the Board since 1999.  She currently serves as the FCEA's Webweaver.  She was given the second annual Academic Excellence Award at Manatee Community College where she has taught since 1982. At MCC she has served as President and Vice President of the Faculty Council, and Distance Learning mentor. Her books include Florida in Poetry and Frida Kahlo.

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Maurice "Socky" O'Sullivan

The second annual Distinguished Colleague Award was given at the FCEA Conference in Indian Rocks Beach  on October 16, 2003, to:

Maurice "Socky" O'Sullivan
Rollins College 

A member of FCEA's Executive Board from 1995-2002, Socky served as FCEA President and Vice President from 2001-2002.  FCEA Colleagues recognize him as mentor, enthusiastic collaborator and premiere scholar of Florida literature.  He holds the Kenneth Curry Chair in English at Rollins College where he has served as Chair of the English Department, Humanities Division Chair and President of the Faculty.  His books include: The Florida Reader, Florida in Poetry, Florida Noir and
Shakespeare's Other Lives.

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The inaugural Distinguished Colleague Award  
was given at the FCEA Conference in Gainesville 
on October 18, 2002, to:

Fred Standley
Florida State University 

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Fred has been a long-time member of FCEA serving as Vice President, 1991-92; as President, 1992-93 and as CEA Liaison from 1993 to 2003.  He holds the Daisy Parker Flory Chair at FSU, where he directed Graduate Studies 1970-73 and chaired the English Department 1973-82 and 1997-99.  His work on James Baldwin is nationally known, and he recently edited The Diaries of Claude Denson Pepper.

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