David Walker, associate dean, Graduate College, (319) 273-3829
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Richard Utz, professor of English literature at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the university's Distinguished Scholar for 2003-2004.
The award, announced late last semester, is presented to a senior scholar or artist who has demonstrated a long and distinguished career of publications, exhibits and/or creative activities. The recipient must have a professional reputation that is national or international and be a member of the graduate faculty with five years of full-time service at UNI.
Utz received his doctorate and master's degrees in English and German philology at the University of Regensburg, in Germany. He has authored numerous publications and his fields of expertise include medieval English language and literature, Arthurian literature, and the history of English studies.
Utz has taught at the University of Northern Iowa since 1991. He also has taught at the University of Tubingen, Padagogische Hochschule Dresden, Williams College and the University of Regensburg.