CLA names new Breeden Scholar

Thomas Hallock

The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University has selected Thomas Hallock, Ph.D., as the Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair for fall 2013. Hallock is an associate professor of English at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg..

During his semester at Auburn, Hallock, pictured left, will collaborate with faculty and students 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 Writers Conference.

The 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. They must also demonstrate potential and willingness to engage in outreach activities in the community and contribute a unique quality, characteristic or function to the teaching and learning objectives of the College of Liberal Arts.

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.

“I am honored to have been named to this distinguished post and look forward to working with students and faculty at Auburn’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities,” Hallock said.

Hallock is the author of From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics and the Roots of a National Pastoral (2003, UNC Press) and co-editor of William Bartram, the Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters and Unpublished Writings (2010, UGA Press). He is a graduate of Dickinson College  and holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University.

“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.

Giovanna Summerfield, Ph.D., associate dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, said Hallock’s experiences in research and teaching ideally suit the appointment of 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.

A meet-and-greet with Hallock will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20th in 310 Tichenor Hall.

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Last Updated: August 15, 2014