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Sept. 16, 2011

Birmingham-Southern professor receives faculty development award

Dr. Tynes Cowan (center) received this year’s Bob Whetstone Faculty Development Award from Dr. Bob and Janelle Whetstone.
Dr. Tynes Cowan (center) received this year’s Bob Whetstone
Faculty Development Award from Dr. Bob and Janelle Whetstone.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—You should never stop learning new knowledge and skills just because you’ve earned a doctorate. That’s the viewpoint of Dr. Tynes Cowan, assistant professor of English at Birmingham-Southern, and winner of the 2011 Bob Whetstone Faculty Development Award, given recently by the Office of the Provost.

Named for the professor emeritus and former longtime chair of the education division at BSC, the annual award recognizes a non-tenured faculty member who demonstrated excellence in teaching during the preceding academic year. A cash award is set aside for the professional development and travel budget of the recipient.

In addition to teaching literature, Cowan maintains a collection of campus folklore and is currently researching a turn-of-the-century best-selling author from Birmingham. His Ph.D., from the College of William and Mary, focused on Southern literature and material culture of the 19th century.

He joined the Birmingham-Southern faculty in 2002 and is a 1985 graduate of the college.

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