CLA names South Florida scholar to Breeden Chair for fall semester
Published on May 17, 2013
The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University has selected Thomas Hallock
as the Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair for fall 2013. Hallock is an associate
professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa-St. Petersburg.
During his semester at Auburn, Hallock will collaborate with faculty and stu-
dents on projects that combine scholarly and creative research. He will teach, hold
public lectures and be a guest speaker and workshop leader for Auburn’s Annual
Hallock is the author of “From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmen
-tal Politics and the Roots of a National Pastoral” and coeditor of “William Bartram,
the Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters and Unpublished Writings.”
He is a graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Ph.D. in English and American
Literature from New York University.
The Breeden Eminent Scholar chair was created in 1989 to provide support for
both academic and outreach missions and is awarded to a nationally recognized
scholar with outstanding credentials in the arts or humanities. The individual must
also demonstrate potential and willingness to engage in outreach activities in the
community and contribute a unique quality, characteristic or function to the teach
-ing and learning objectives of the College of Liberal Arts.
Giovanna Summerfield, associate dean for Educational Affairs in the College of
Liberal Arts at Auburn University, said Hallock’s experiences in research and teach
ideally suit the appointment of the Breeden Eminent Scholar.
“Dr. Hallock will produce both excellent outreach programming in the arts and
humanities and make significant contributions to the college and the community at
large,” she said.
Hallock said he follows the dictum “teach where you are,” adopting a local
model to his work. His ongoing projects at USF St. Petersburg include a web-based
anthology of early Florida literature and a series of environmental literature courses
exploring historic and relic waterways in lower Pinellas County. He is part of the
highly regarded Florida Studies Program.
“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime achievement and a testament to Dr. Hallock’s
scholarship and commitment to student success,” said Frank Biafora, dean of the
USFSP College of Arts and Sciences.