Distinguished Teaching: Alisha Knight

Dr. Alisha Knight, Professor of English and Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, is the recipient of two awards celebrating her achievements as a teacher-scholar at Washington College: the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2020) and the Cromwell Award for Innovation in Teaching (2020).

You can view Dr. Knight’s speech in accepting the award at the virtual Fall Convocation in 2020:

A focal point of Dr. Knight’s Cromwell Innovation award is the work she has done correlating her scholarship in African American literature and print culture with her teaching. With current scholarship focused on the African American book publishing trade at the turn of the twentieth century, one of Dr. Knight’s recent projects involved Washington College students: curating and publishing the Digital Humanities site “Putting Them on the Map: Mapping the Agents of the Colored Co-operative Publishing Company.”

In her course “Black Men & Women: Images of Race and Gender in American Literature and Culture,” Dr. Knight’s students develop a digital humanities publication of their own, representing in a digital exhibition their research into the images of black masculinity and femininity in American literature, print culture, and the media.

To learn more about Dr. Knight’s achievements in teaching and scholarship, you can read this article. And talk with her directly: she is a fantastic resource and model for grounding innovations in teaching and scholarship in the materials and material work of doing teaching and scholarship.

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