Department of English

Jim Garrison wins Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award

Mon, April 11, 2011

The Department of English congratulates Professor Jim Garrison, who won the 2010–2011 Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award.

The College of Liberal Arts’ Plan II Honors Program recognizes one outstanding teacher a year for the services he or she offers. The program first honored Chad Oliver in 1990; upon his graduation, students voted to name the award for him.

Professor Garrison joins a long list of Department of English colleagues who have been honored with the Chad Oliver Teaching Award. With eight faculty members in twenty years, the Department of English boasts a higher number of recipients than any other single academic unit.

James D. Garrison attended Princeton and The University of California Berkeley, receiving his PhD in English in 1972.  Since 1973 he has taught at UT, serving as Chair of the English Department from 1994 to 2006.  He is the author of two books on the poetry of John Dryden—Dryden and the Tradition of Panegyric and Pietas from Vergil to Dryden—as well as articles on Dryden, Gray, and Gibbon.  His book A Dangerous Liberty: Translating Gray’s Elegy appeared in 2009.  He holds the Archibald A. Hill Regents Centennial Professorship in English and American Literature and the title Distinguished Teaching Professor.

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