This award is one of three faculty awards that recognize excellence in teaching, scholarship and advising and are considered the highest honors presented to Lee faculty each year. The recipients are nominated from the faculty at large and selected by a committee of six representatives, three professors and three seniors from different academic departments. This makes Brown the first person to receive all three of these awards.
Brown’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, Folio, Connecticut Review, South Carolina Review, Stickman Review, Atlanta Review, and Palimpsest, among other journals. His essays on teaching and education have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, InsideHigherEd.com, and The Teaching Professor, among others. He has also published scholarly articles in PLL: Papers on Language and Literature, South Central Review, and Midwest Quarterly.
His first full length collection of poetry, “Exit Lines,” was published in 2009 by Plain View Press, and a chapbook, “Abecedarium,” was published by Finishing Line Press last month. He also has a forthcoming book of scholarship, “They Love to Tell the Stories: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels,” which will be published by Kennesaw State University Press.
Brown also serves as the sponsor for Lee’s English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta. At the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Brown received the Outstanding Sponsor Award for the Southern Region. This award recognizes sponsors who foster a spirit of scholarly exchange and give of their time, talent, and creativity to their local chapter.
Before coming to Lee, Brown taught English and was head librarian at several different independent high schools.
Brown received a doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi with a dissertation on Mark Twain’s influence on Kurt Vonnegut. He also has a master’s degree in English from East Tennessee State University, a master’s in library science from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s degree from Milligan College.