The appointment was made in recognition of Kollin's contributions to the college, to MSU and to the scholarly community at large, said Paula Lutz, dean of the MSU College of Letters and Science. The appointment is for three years. Kollin will give a public lecture during the 2012 spring semester.
Kollin has taught in the MSU Department of English since 1995. She 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 published a book "Nature's State," and an edited collection of essays, "Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory and Space," that have challenged the definition of the American West.
Lutz said that Kollin also excels in the classroom by developing engaging and challenging curricula and incorporating her extensive research into the classroom experience. Kollin 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 10 months teaching at the American University in Cairo 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.
To see a list of past Letters and Science Distinguished Professors, please visit: http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/endowed_professorships.html
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