Swartwout to Receive 2011 PRIDE Award

by News Bureau on Thursday, Dec. 01, 2011

Dr. Susan Swartwout

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 1, 2011 – Dr. Susan Swartwout, professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University and publisher and editor of the Southeast Missouri State University Press, will receive the PRIDE Award during commencement exercises in the Show Me Center.

The Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy.

Swartwout was selected for the award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges and schools. The recipient of the award is honored for exemplifying the teacher/scholar model. This is the 16th year Southeast has presented the PRIDE Award.

“Dr. Swartwout’s professionalism, academic strengths and productivity serve as an example for all of us,” said Dr. Ronald Rosati, Southeast provost. “She is very knowledgeable and highly skilled in publishing and in the development of literary works. She is respected by her peers and colleagues as both highly accomplished in her discipline and also as being a delightful person to work with. Dr. Swartwout exemplifies the type of faculty member the founders had in mind when they developed the PRIDE award. I compliment Dr. Swartwout for being selected by the University community to receive this award and I wish to thank her for her many accomplishments at Southeast Missouri State University.”

In addition to receiving the PRIDE Award, Swartwout will serve as the grand marshal at commencement exercises and will present the address at the Honors Convocation, also at the Show Me Center.

Swartwout, who has been employed by Southeast for 15 years, teaches courses in creative writing and literary editing, 20th and 21st century American poetry and fiction, and small-press publishing.

In addition, Swartwout established and is the publisher of the Southeast Missouri University Press, the creator and administrator of Southeast’s small-press publishing minor and editor for the national, semi-annual literary journal, “Big Muddy.”

The Southeast Missouri State University Press, founded in 2001, serves both as a first-rate publisher in this underpublished region and as a working laboratory for students interested in learning the art and skills of literary publishing. The Press supports the minor degree program in small-press publishing for undergraduate students in any major who wish to acquire the basic skills for independent-press publishing and editing. Swartwout has established four national writing competitions administered annually through the Press: the Copperdome Poetry Competition, the Mighty River Short Story Award, the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award and the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. Several of the University Press’s books have won national awards.

Swartwout is the director of internships in English, director of publishing internships and advisor for the student annual literary magazine, “Journey.” She initiated and serves as the coordinator of the Journey Student Reading Series. She has directed 40 graduate theses.

Swartwout has plethora of professional accomplishments that complement her contributions to Southeast. She has authored numerous published books, poems, short stories, essays, reviews and interviews as well as given many scholarly presentations. Currently, she is writing a full-length poetry manuscript, a collection of short fiction, a textbook and a nonfiction book. She also frequently judges competitions and presents creative writing workshops regularly throughout the region.

She maintains memberships in professional organizations, including the Southeast Missouri’s Writers Guild of which she is president and co-founder, Associated Writing Programs, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and the Ozark Writers League. She also has served on numerous University committees.

Swartwout has received many honors and awards for her creative writing and academic achievements, and her name is published in various writer directories, including Gale Research’s “Contemporary Authors” encyclopedia.

She is the 2011 recipient of the Faculty Merit Award, which she received earlier this fall during Homecoming festivities, and was nominated for the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce’s University Educator of the Year Award.

Since coming to Southeast, she has procured over $210,000 in grants and donations for academic programming.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in literature from Knox College in Illinois and her master of arts degree in creative writing along with her doctoral degree from Illinois State University.