English Education Professor Sirpa Grierson retires this month following a 20-year career at BYU. Dr. Grierson has been an involved and energetic citizen at BYU and in the profession. In English, in addition to committee service, she played a key role in developing the department identity wall (you can see it in 4198 JFSB) and in producing a documentary video of poet Leslie Norris.
She served on the Legislative Action Team and as a member of the Government Relations and By-Laws committees for the International Reading Association. She is the past president of the Utah Teachers of English Language (UCTE) and the Utah Council of the International Reading Association (UCIRA); in both roles, she helped make important connections among Utah teachers and other Utah institutions of higher education. Dr. Grierson was ahead of her time in developing with her ENGL 378 students in the late 1990s a national database for materials to be used in teaching fiction in secondary schools. The site, Novelinks, was used by teachers and schools throughout the nation.
Sirpa has always been a cheerful and positive teacher who loved her students and willingly shared her time, on and off campus, with them. She remained upbeat even when she was battling cancer, and worked hard to keep working despite the debilitating effects of cancer treatment.
We wish her well in her new adventures.