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Robert Rushing receives Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award from LAS

2/7/2018  8:00 am

The LAS Awards Committee has chosen Professor Robert Rushing (French & Italian and Comparative and World Literature) as a recipient of the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Each year, the college selects outstanding educators for awards in several categories. The nomination process begins early in the year, and a committee recommends recipients to the dean of the college. Recipients receive commemorative plaques and a monetary award.

Nominators for Rushing remarked on his effectiveness and professionalism in his teaching, describing how his discoveries and research lead naturally into “teaching moments” for his students. He is known for encouraging students to truly grow in their new language, rather than simply memorize.

Rushing received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998.  His research interests include 20th- and 21st-century Italian literature; contemporary Italian fiction; Italian film; critical and interpretive theory, especially psychoanalysis; popular culture; comparative literary studies; genre.

He is the author of Descended from Hercules: Biopolitics and the Muscled Male Body on Screen (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016), which was the winner of the American Association for Italian Studies Film/Media book prize, and Resisting Arrest: Detective Fiction and Popular Culture (New York: Other Press, 2007).