English professor receives national literature award

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April 25, 2012

Georgia College professor Dr. Eustace Palmer won the 2012 African Literature Association Distinguished Member Award for his dedication to the organization and teaching and research in African literature.

Palmer received the lifetime achievement Eustace Palmer Eustace Palmeraward in April during the 38th annual meeting of the African Literature Association (ALA) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

“It’s a source of tremendous gratification when one’s scholarship and teaching are recognized by one’s peers,” said Palmer, Georgia College professor of English. “The award shows the impact my work has had on other people; therefore, I’m humbled and honored.”

ALA presents the Distinguished Member Award for outstanding service to the association and exemplary commitment to teaching and scholarship in African literature.

ALA is an international society of scholars, teachers and writers who explore African literature, art and human rights issues related to Africa.

During the national meeting, Palmer gave a presentation, chaired a workshop session, appeared on a roundtable discussion and attended an entire session devoted to his novels and scholarly work.

A writer, critic and human rights advocate of African studies, Palmer has published four works about African literature and one focused on English studies. He has published more than 60 articles, book chapters and reviews in internationally respected journals published in Africa, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He also has devoted some attention to fiction writing.

During 2010-2011, Georgia College honored Palmer with its prestigious Distinguished Professor Award for his continued enthusiasm and commitment to teaching and scholarship.

“The African Literature Association Distinguished Member Award is a rare award,” Palmer said. “The award is special because it was given by my premier professional association, which has a worldwide membership of colleagues from places as diverse as America, Africa, Germany, Australia, India, Japan and the United Kingdom.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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