The honoree chosen for the Department of Language and Literature was Dr. Susan Rogers.
“Dr. Rogers exemplifies the achievement, the impact and the inspiration that we hold as goals for each graduate from our department,” said Dr. Jean Eledge, chair of the Department of Language and Literature at Lee.
“Her life has spoken and continues to speak in powerful ways to the students, colleagues and broader circles with whom she interacts.”
Rogers received her doctorate and masters of arts in English from the University of Alabama after graduating from Lee with a bachelor of arts in English. She returned to Lee in 1989 to teach and went on to obtain the rank of professor of English.
In addition to core classes in composition and world literature, Rogers taught courses in 19th and 20th century British literature, romantic literature and Victorian literature.
While at Lee, Rogers served as a sponsor to various student organizations, including national honor society Alpha Chi and service club Sigma Nu Sigma. She also led students on their study abroad trips, including semesters in Cambridge.
Rogers was an Appalachian College Association Mellon Fellow at the University of Alabama from 1994 to 1996. Her dissertation, “Ekphrasis in Robert Browning's Men and Women,” is a study of Browning's effort to incorporate painting into his poetry, focusing on the influence of Giorgio Vasari and the conflicted relationship between the spatial and temporal media.
Rogers has been published in “Persuasions: the Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America,” and she is a member of the Modern Language Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English.