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Wake Forest program establishes award in honor of Elizabeth Phillips


November 10, 2006

Elizabeth Phillips, one of the earliest female faculty members at Wake Forest University, is being honored at the university with the establishment of an award in her name.  Phillips, professor emerita of English, was a member of the Wake Forest faculty from 1957 to 1989.

The first Elizabeth Phillips Award will be presented next spring by the university’s women’s and gender studies program.  It recognizes the best undergraduate or graduate student essay written in the subject of women’s and gender studies throughout the academic year.  The winning student will receive a monetary prize and a certificate.  Teaching faculty of the women’s and gender studies program will compile a list of student essays each year for consideration.

The award’s presentation will mark the 50th anniversary of Phillips’ appointment as a Wake Forest faculty member.

After retiring from the English department, Phillips served one year as acting coordinator of the women’s and gender studies program (1990-1991).  She is the recipient of the Medallion of Merit, Wake Forest’s highest award for service to the university

A native of Spruce Pine, Phillips received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa and a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.  During her years at Wake Forest, she twice took one-year leaves to teach at Seoul National University in South Korea.  She also lectured at the University of Oslo in Norway.

She is the author of three books, “Edgar Allan Poe:  An American Imagination,” “Marianne Moore,” and “Emily Dickinson:  Personae and Performance.”

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Professor Emerita of English Elizabeth Phillips.
Professor Emerita of English Elizabeth Phillips.
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