Awards Convocation 2022

Department of English

Awards Convocation



Literary Contest Winners

Graduate Student Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Saddiq Dzukogi

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Jonathan Wlodarski

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

David Henson

– First Place –

Kasey Peters

– Second Place –

Ilana Masad

– Third Place –

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

Nicole Lachat

– First Place –

Jamaica Baldwin

– Second Place –

Malik Rasaq

– Third Place –

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Tara Ballard

Sunita Jain Award for Excellence in Poetry

Kate Gaskin

Undergraduate Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Megan Willburn

Vreeland Award for Fiction

LeeAnn Mosby

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

Natalia Martinez

– First Place –

Emma Krab

– Second Place –

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

Madison Sides

– Irby Wood Prize –

Dominic Bhola

– First Place Gaffney Prize –

Angela Thornburg

– Second Place Gaffney Prize –

Gaffney Scholarly Essay Award

Claire VanLaningham

Gaffney Personal Essay Award

Lauryl Hebenstreit

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Pierce Leef

Instructor: Cameron Steele

Laurus  Awards


Emma Krab

– First Place –

Xinyi Li

– Second Place –


Anna Synya

– First Place –

Mimi Yu

– Second Place –

Visual Art

Kaylee Brown

– First Place –

Readings by Graduate Contest Winners

Saddiq Dzukogi

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Jonathan Wlodarski

Vreeland Award for Fiction

In Memoriam: Regan Lauber

Regan Victoria Lauber, of Milford, Nebraska, passed away on March 17, 2022 at the age of 21. Regan was in her senior year of college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, set to graduate in May 2022 with her Bachelor of Arts in English.

Regan aspired to continue her education and wanted to move to Austin, Texas, to be with her sister, Madison, while attending graduate school. Regan was an exceptional reader and writer and particularly liked reading fiction, young adult, and gothic novels. She also wrote a book with her dear friend Kyhana that they were planning to publish. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation and scholarships.

Undergraduate Awards & Honors

UNL Honors Program Graduates

Margaret Rieckman
Taylor Hogan
Tasneem Huq
Sarah Kee
Rosaleen Kottwitz
Alexis Stoffers
Megan Willburn
Lauren Yaple

Graduations with Distinction

Summer 2021


Maia Bryan

December 2021

High Distinction

Kayleigh Ryan


Grace Fitzgibbon
Teagan Graber

May 2022

Highest Distinction

Tasneem Huq
Maggie Rieckman
Alexis Stoffers
Megan Willburn

High Distinction

Lauren Yaple


Molly Beck
Grace Jacobsen
Sarah Kee
Natalia Martinez
Grace Dunbar
Taylor Hogan
Cal Ivey
Eric Morris
Elsa Rasmussen
Mia Schaeppi
Sydney Schumacher
Brandon Unverth

ESAB / Peer Mentors

Sarah Kee (Spring ’22)
Molly Beck (Spring ’22)
Tasneem Huq (Spring ’22)
Nicholas Harmon (August ’22)
Anna Hoffman
Louie Iannuzzelli
Cooper Rohde
Canyon Skare
Hannah Huynh
Megan Jerabek
Sam Cohen
Tillie Stanton

Other Awards

Student Luminary Award

Taylor Daum

Student Impact Awards – Sport Club Athletes of the Year

Abbey O'Brien, UNL Cycling Club

Readings by Graduate Contest Winners

Nicole Lachat

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets · First Place

Tara Ballard

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Faculty Awards & Honors

Tenure & Promotions

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Hope Wabuke

Promotion to Assistant Professor of Practice

Michael Page
Pascha Sotolongo Stevenson

University Awards & Appointments

Adele Hall Chair of English

Shari Stenberg

Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award

Robert Brooke

Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award

Roland Végső

Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community

Timothy Schaffert

Office of Research and Economic Development Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Grant

Adrian Wisnicki, for “Recovering BIPOC Voices from the Victorian Periodical Press”

Office of Research and Economic Development Layman Seed Fund

Ng'ang'a Wahu-Mũchiri, for The Ardhi Initiative

Faculty Fellows for Student Success

Kathleen Lacey

UNL Women’s Center Women of Courage, Character, and Commitment award

Amanda Gailey

College Awards

College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award

Pascha Sotolongo Stevenson
Hope Wabuke

Teaching Academy Fellowship

Ng'ang'a Wahu-Mũchiri

College Research Impact and Engagement Grant

Marco Abel, for Christian Petzold Interviews (with Jaimey Fisher)

Matt Cohen, for The Silence of the Miskito Prince: How Cultural Dialogue Was Colonized

Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs Faculty Fellowship

Ng'ang'a Wahu-Mũchiri

National & International Awards & Grants

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

The African Poetry Digital Portal (Kwame Dawes and Lorna Dawes, co-PIs)

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education (Adrian Wisnicki, co-PI)

National Endowmment for the Humanities/National Writing Project Building a More Perfect Union Grant

The Nebraska Writing Project (Robert Brooke, director) and Friends of Homestead National Park, for “There's No Such Thing as Free Land: Understanding the Homestead Acts through Multiple Perspectives”

Purdue University Humanities Without Walls Seed Grant

“Recovering BIPOC Voices” (Adrian Wisnicki, co-PI)

American Antiquarian Society Member (Elected)

Melissa Homestead

Hurston/Wright Foundation Madam C. J. Walker Award

The Calabash Literary Festival (Kwame Dawes, co-founder)

2022 Neustadt International Prize Finalist

Kwame Dawes, for Prophets

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Publication of the Year

Rachael W. Shah, for Rewriting Partnerships: Community Perspectives of Community-Based Learning

Coalition for Community Writing Outstanding Book Award

Rachael W. Shah, for Rewriting Partnerships: Community Perspectives of Community-Based Learning

Children's Literature Association's Honor Book Award

Gabrielle Owen, for A Queer History of Adolescence: Development Pasts, Relational Futures

Penguin Random House International “One World, One Book” Program

Timothy Schaffert, for The Perfume Thief

2022 “One Book, One Nebraska“ Selection

Jonis Agee, for The Bones of Paradise

Society for Textual Scholarship David Greetham Prize

Matt Cohen, for “Time and the Bibliographer: A Meditation on the Spirit of Book Studies”

Society for Textual Scholarship Richard J. Finneran Award

The Walt Whitman Archive (Nicole Gray, project lead), for the digital Leaves of Grass (1855) Variorum

National Endowment for the Humanities Open Book Award

Matt Cohen / University of Minnesota Press, for The Silence of the Miskito Prince: How Cultural Dialogue was Colonized

Graduate Student Awards & Honors

May 2022 Graduates


David Henson (Timothy Schaffert)
Claire Jiménez (Joy Castro)
Linda Pawlenty (Amelia Montes)


Simone Droge (Shari Stenberg)
Isaac Essex (Stacey Waite)
Hailey Fischer (Laura White & Beverley Rilett, co-chairs)
Jeffrey Hill (Timothy Schaffert)
Celie Knudsen (Shari Stenberg)
Caitlin Matheis (Matt Cohen)
Elva Moreno del Rio (Amelia Montes)
Caleb Petersen (Kwame Dawes)
Danielle Shumaker Page (Debbie Minter)

Placement News


Saddiq Dzukogi - Assistant Professor of English, Mississippi State University

Nicole Green (2021 Graduate) - Writing Center Director, Denison University

Claire Jiménez - Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies program, University of South Carolina

Emily Rau - Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities, UNL Libraries, and Editor of the Willa Cather Archive


Isaac Essex - Brown University American Studies Doctoral Program

Caitlin Matheis - University of Iowa Masters of Library Sciences Program

Caleb Petersen - UNL Creative Writing Program

Zainab Saleh (2021 Graduate) - Ohio State University English Doctoral Program

Department Awards

Stuff Fellowships

Erika Luckert
Ilana Masad
Keshia McClantoc
Zoe McDonald

John Robinson Award for Scholarly Papers

Erin Chambers

Instructor: Gabrielle Owen

Office of Graduate Studies Awards

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Claire Jiménez (awarded May 2021)

Excellence in Mentoring Award

Jordan Charlton (awarded May 2021)

Outstanding Research & Creative Activities Award

Reagan Myers (awarded May 2021)

Other University Awards

Student Luminary Award

Saddiq Dzukogi

Institute for Ethnic Studies Dr. Raphael “Ralph” Grajeda Fellowship

Claire Jiménez

Institute for Ethnic Studies Rev. Dr. Michael Combs Award

Jordan Charlton

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship

Olufunke Ogundimu

Women’s and Gender Studies Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/Creative Activity Award

Isaac Essex

National Awards

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

Claire Jiménez, co-PI with Enrique Olivares Pesante, Ricardo Maldonado, and Raquel Salas Rivera, for “El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/The Puerto Rican Literature Project”

Nebraska Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Nonfiction

Saddiq Dzukogi

Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

Uche Okonkwo

Editing Press Laura Bassi Scholarship for Junior Academics

Isaac Essex

EGSA Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award (Ph.D.)

Tryphena Yeboah

Excellence in Teaching Award (M.A.)

Elva Moreno del Rio

Outstanding Service Award

Keshia Mcclantoc

Star Professor Award

Amelia Montes

Readings by Graduate Contest Winners

Kate Gaskin

Sunita Jain Award for Excellence in Poetry