Jamie Horrocks has been given the English Department Teaching Award. Asked early in her career to develop the 198/398 series, Dr. Horrocks continues to innovate with course content and assignments. Her recent Victorian class focused on children’s literature and involved collaborative projects doing Special Collections research. Beyond her regular teaching load, Professor Horrocks also headed up the winter semester experimental book history 480R class, where she organized and hosted three campus visits from external book history scholars and arranged a research lecture/visit for the class to the Crandall Printing Museum. Additionally, students in her 495 senior seminar produced one publication in an international student journal, two successful writing samples for MA program applications, and three paper presentations at the International Dickens Symposium. These symposium papers received special commendation when workshopped with two Dickens scholars. Dr. Horrocks also chaired a completed MA thesis and currently chairs two more, along with an honors thesis—where the student received a HUM grant. In 2019, she mentored two graduate students, and she mentored an undergraduate student in the 480R class. She receives praise in teaching evaluations for being accessible and respectful while giving quick feedback and putting students first.
We appreciate and applaud Dr. Horrocks’s ongoing service and many contributions to the department.