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Winner of the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies

2018 Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies

Bonnie Wheeler (Southern Methodist University)

The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations is very pleased to present the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies to Bonnie Wheeler, Associate Professor of English and Director of Medieval Studies at Southern Methodist University. Professor Wheeler has been a powerful shaping force in our discipline for the past thirty years. Inspiring and cultivating young scholars, fostering their intellectual growth and mentoring their professional possibilities, she is an award-winning teacher and galvanizing mentor. As her letter-writers comment: she has been “an inspiration, a catalyst of change, and a fairy godmother for those working on nontraditional projects.” Moreover, Professor Wheeler has uniquely bridged the gap between specialized scholarship in the academy and a public interest in understanding the past. She is the founder and series editor of two Palgrave Macmillan book series, The New Middle Ages and Arthurian and Courtly Cultures, and she is the founder and long-time editor of Arthuriana, the quarterly journal of the International Arthurian Society. She was the founding chair of the Committee on Teaching Medieval Studies, the umbrella organization of TEAMS (Teaching Association for Medieval Studies). In this capacity she was also a longtime board member of Middle English Texts, a series aimed for student use published for TEAMS. She has edited thirteen collections of essays and won the Outstanding Teacher Award from Southern Methodist University six times. She has been a champion for public humanities work in medieval studies, frequently consulting for the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E) and the History Channel as well as the BBC. Finally, she is the cofounder and inspiration for the Bonnie Wheeler Fund, created in 2010 by an international committee of friends and professional colleagues to honor her and to support women faculty with an annual fellowship in her name.  Her service has been boundless and has reshaped the field in countless and powerful ways and CARA is delighted to recognize Professor Wheeler with this award.

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