The 2017 CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies is being awarded to two outstanding educators, Professor Roberta Frank and Professor Amy Livingstone. These teaching awards recognize excellence in the wide variety of teaching that medieval scholars practice, from formal classroom teaching in a college or university setting, to in-depth seminars and graduate mentoring, to online teaching, summer institutes, and academic publications devoted to the pedagogy of medieval studies.
Roberta Frank, is the Marie Borroff Professor of English at Yale University. In her fifty years of teaching she has "advised or co-advised over thirty dissertations, sagely mentored students in her field and beyond, modeled generous academic citizenship, and inspired countless undergraduates with her keen critical mind, poetic sensibility, and sly wit.” "Humor and Wisdom” "accessible and generous” "authentic and encouraging” and at the center of "a community of scholars”; such phrases resound throughout Roberta’s letter of nomination. Roberta’s reach as a teacher, a mentor, an exemplar, and a colleague extends far outside and beyond her classroom. Her "dedication to being inclusive, warm, and welcoming” has fostered an academic community of medievalists who strive to keep her wisdom, wit and teaching legacy alive in their own craft.
Amy Livingstone is the H.O. Hirt Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Amy is a dedicated and efflorescent teacher, scholar, mentor and colleague. She endeavors to share her love of the middle ages and the exploration of the past, its places, people, texts and ways of knowing, with all who interact with her, inside and outside the classroom. She has transformed the curriculum, innovated new programs and institutions, fellowships and methods, and made her approach to pedagogy accessible and admirable. For her students, "medieval history became something almost tangible which [they] could apply to the society around [them].”