College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor
Department of English
Susan Kollin, professor in the Department of English, has been appointed as a Letters and Science Distinguished Professor. The appointment was made in recognition of Kollin’s contributions to the college, to MSU and to the scholarly community at large, said Dean Paula Lutz. The appointment is for three years. Kollin will give a public lecture during the 2012 spring semester.
Susan Kollin has taught in the Department of English at MSU since 1995. She is an accomplished scholar who has established herself as a leading national and international theorist and critic in the areas of western American literature and film, environmental criticism and feminist theory. Kollin has an exceptional record of publication, including her first book Nature’s State, and an edited collection of essays, Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory and Space, that has challenged the very definition of the American West. Kollin also excels in the classroom—including instruction to international students—by developing engaging and challenging curricula and incorporating her extensive research into the classroom experience. She was a co-founder of the Middle East Partnership Initiative program at MSU, a six-week international cultural exchange that brings students from the Middle East and North Africa to the U.S. She also spent ten months teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright Lecturer.
In 2009, Kollin received the Betty Coffey Award in recognition of her work on issues and problems faced by MSU’s female undergraduate students. She is currently on sabbatical for the 2011-2012 academic year working on a new book.