Department of Germanic Studies

Katie Arens wins Mentorship Award from ASECS

Sun, August 9, 2009

Katherine Arens received the award from the Graduate Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the international and interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars in the field.  2009 was only the second year in which this award was given.  The award citation reads:

"The Graduate Student Caucus is pleased to announce that Professor Katherine Arens is the second recipient of the Jay Fliegelman Excellence in Mentorship Award. Professor Arens was nominated four times–twice each year of the award’s inception. The selection committee was struck by Professor Arens’ ability and willingness to work with a large number of students across disciplinary boundaries. In the words of one nominator, “She is known to an ever-expanding cohort of students across nearly every department. Her informal, unacknowledged advising and teaching are far in excess of any official expectation.” Nor does she sacrifice depth with this breadth: she takes a proactive role in ensuring students’ ability to work productively--sending books, giving shape to students’ professionalization efforts, accepting a generous and productive role in helping students find financial resources. The GSC is delighted to honor Professor Arens for her generous and interdisciplinary vision of what it means to mentor junior scholars."

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