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Professor Jan Whitt has been named an outstanding teacher by students and faculties at three universities: Baylor University, the University of Denver and the University of Colorado Boulder. Whitt teaches courses in American literature, literary journalism, media history, popular culture, professional writing, regional writers and women’s issues.
Recognition for teaching at CU includes the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Teaching Award, the 2009 William Payden Faculty Excellence Award, 2002 and 2001 LEAD Alliance awards from CU students of color, the 1995 Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award, a 1991-92 Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser Award and a 1989 SOAR Teacher Recognition Award. In 2014, Whitt received one of four Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work Awards. She is author of seven books about film and television, literary journalism, modern novels of the American South, and women in journalism history.
Her book “Settling the Borderland: Other Voices in Literary Journalism” (University Press of America, 2008) was named in “A Dozen Best: A Review of Literary Journalism Scholarship” by American Journalism. “Reflections in a Critical Eye: Essays on Carson McCullers” (University Press of America, 2007) won recognition from ForeWord Magazine, the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and the Colorado Book Awards. Recently, she published “Rain on a Strange Roof: A Southern Literary Memoir” (Hamilton Books) and “Dangerous Dreams: Essays on American Film and Television” (Peter Lang). The latter is part of the “Framing Film” book series edited by Frank Beaver. A manuscript about Terry Tempest Williams will be published by Mercer University Press, as will a book about Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” (Rowman & Littlefield). The latter is part of the “Contemporary American Literature” series edited by Bob Batchelor.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Whitt is a cum laude graduate of Baylor, where she received a BA in journalism and English in 1977 and a master’s degree in English in 1980. She holds a PhD degree in English from the University of Denver.