Congratulations to Professor Alan Friedman, 2009 Civitatis Award Winner!
Posted: January 28, 2010
Congratulations to English Department Professor Alan W. Friedman, who has been selected as the 2009 Civitatis Award winner. The Civitatis Award was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding faculty citizenship and is conferred annually upon a member of the faculty in recognition of dedicated and meritorious service to the University above and beyond the regular expectations of teaching, research, and writing. The award is made by the President upon the recommendation of the Faculty Council Executive Committee.
Alan W. Friedman, Thaman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, is a specialist in twentieth-century British and American literature who has taught at UT since 1964. He also regularly teaches a seminar on Shakespeare in Performance; coordinates the annual residency program Actors From The London Stage (a troupe of five British actors who teach classes and perform a Shakespeare play); and directs a student organization, Spirit of Shakespeare, which performs scenes from the AFTLS play throughout the year. He has taught at universities in England, Ireland, and France, where he has established and coordinates faculty exchanges that have enabled many of his colleagues to do the same. He has authored five books, edited a dozen books and special journal issues, and published two dozen articles, including several on university governance.
Professor Friedman served on the Executive Committee of the national AAUP, chaired its Governance Committee, and served as UT Chapter President; served in several capacities for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars; and chaired the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Faculty Advisory Committee. At UT he has directed the prestigious Plan II program (and subsequently won its Chad Oliver teaching award); created the English Department’s Summer Program in Oxford, England; and chaired the Faculty Senate for two terms. He has served on virtually every major standing committee, chairing the UT Press, Grievance, Academic Freedom, and Educational Policy Committees, among others. He helped to create UT’s first departmental Executive Committee, the Faculty Council, substantial writing component courses, faculty grievance guidelines, post-tenure review guidelines, procedures for appealing tenure denials, the office of Faculty Ombudsperson, and guidelines for decanal searches. He has also served on numerous departmental committees and, in 2008, was awarded his department’s annual Faculty Service Award.
The Civitatis Award recognizes a faculty member who is a person of such integrity, stature, demonstrated ability, and renown that the university community, including alumni, faculty, staff, and students, will take pride in and be inspired by his or her recognition.
Professor Friedman embodies all of these qualities, and the English Department congratulates him once again on this momentous achievement.