Annual Awards

The department also presents the following awards each year:

The Barry Bauska Award is given each year to the outstanding senior English major with an emphasis in creative writing.  Professor Bauska taught in the English department for over forty years from 1971 to 2005. He developed the first poetry and playwriting classes at Puget Sound.  Professor Bauska is a published poet and scholar, and he has written creative nonfiction and drama as well.  In addition, he served as Chair of the English Department.

The Philip Hager Award is given each year to the outstanding senior English major with an emphasis in literature.  The late Professor Hager was a veteran of World War II.  He taught at the university for over thirty years from 1957 to 1983, specializing in British drama.  Over the years, Professor Hager also photographed cathedral-gargoyles.  With Desmond Taylor, Phil wrote three important reference works: a bibliography of World War I novels; a bibliography of World War II novels; and a bibliography of the philosophical novel.  He edited (with Harold Simonson) J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Clamor and Criticism (1963).

The Rosemary VanArsdel Award is given each year to the outstanding senior English major with an emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture (WRC).  Professor VanArsdel taught in the department for over twenty years from 1966 to 1987, served as chair of the department, and founded the Writing Institute which lay the foundation for the current emphasis in WRC.  Professor VanArsdel is a noted scholar of Victorian literature.  Her books include Florence Fenwick Miller:  Victorian Feminist, Journalist and Educator (2001), Victorian Periodicals:  A Guide to Research (1978), and Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society (1994).

The Kathryn Irene Rodgers Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. J. Bruce Rodgers, who was Professor of Music at the university and who served as Director of the School of Music.  The award was established in memory of his wife.  Kathryn Irene Rodgers was a student in the first Writing Institute class taught by Professor Rosemary Van Arsdel at the university in 1970.  Mrs. Rodgers was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Organization and the Association of Professional Writers and Editors, serving as president of the latter organization in 1978-79.  The Rodgers Scholarship is given to an outstanding senior English major or minor who intends to pursue a career in professional writing. 

The Greenfield Award is given in recognition of Professor Peter Greenfield, who taught in the English department from 1983 to 2011.  The award recognizes a graduating senior who best exemplifies the innovative spirit of Prof. Greenfield, a Medieval-drama specialist who taught a wide range of plays (from  Aeschylus to Anna Devere Smith) and courses from “History of the English Language” to “Shakespeare and his Roots.”  The award is given to the student whose leadership has enhanced the intellectual life of our department through creative opportunities for conversation and discovery amongst students and faculty, who fosters connections across diverse perspectives, and who bridges the gap between the classroom and the “outside world.”

Prior to 2012, the English department honored one student with the Fezziwig Award, which was started in honor of our delightful colleague, friend, and intellectual bon vivant, David Macey. Named for the character in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol whose generosity makes life better for those around him, the award is presented to the student who has significantly enhanced the cultural and social life of the department by creating opportunities for collegiality among students and faculty, encouraging diverse perspectives, initiating and promoting events that further intellectual growth, inspiring awareness of the interconnectedness of academic and social issues, and otherwise contributing in ways that strengthen the health and vitality of our department.