English students Maggie Gunn and Travis Alexander named Dean's Distinguished Graduates
Posted: April 8, 2013
Maggie Gunn and Travis Alexander
The Department of English congratulates Travis Alexander and Maggie Gunn, the 2013 Department of English Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.
Every year the College of Liberal Arts names twelve Dean’s Distinguished Graduates on the basis of high scholarly achievements, leadership, and service to the college and university community. The Dean’s Distinguished Graduate program has yielded over 370 alumni. Often honors students, those who have undertaken extensive undergraduate research projects, or those who have held active leadership positions, the recipients represent the highest standard for academics and service in the College of Liberal Arts.
About Maggie Gunn
Towards the goal of becoming a secondary English teacher, Maggie Gunn studied in the Plan II, English Honors, and UTeach Liberal Arts programs. Since discovering her calling to teach language arts in high-needs schools, she has dedicated her academic and extracurricular time to researching and addressing educational inequity. She has been privileged to learn from and work with KIPP Austin Charter Schools, Breakthrough Austin, and Connally High School. On campus, she has worked as a Resident Assistant in Jester West Dormitory and as a teaching assistant for Lee Walker’s freshman seminar, Pathways to Civic Engagement. Her research culminated in a thesis paper on teaching racially sensitive material in secondary schools, via a case study on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. She is the proud older sister of two younger Longhorns and a proud member of the Orange Jackets and the Friar Society.