Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature

Prize Committee

One copy of the prize submission should be sent to each of the following committee members. To meet the prize deadline, submissions must be postmarked by January 20, 2019. For questions on e-book submissions, please contact the prize committee chair.

  • Dr. Matthew Reznicek (Committee Chair)
    Department of English
    Creighton University
    2500 California Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68178

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  • Dr. Malcolm Sen
    E 352 South College
    Department of English
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Amherst, MA 01003-0515
  • Dr. Bridget English
    1230 S. State Street
    Chicago, IL 60605
  • Dr. Julie McCormick Weng
    Texas State University
    Department of English
    601 University Dr.
    San Marcos, TX 78666

About this Prize

A founding member in 1960 of what was then the American Committee for Irish Studies, Robert E. Rhodes served on the ACIS executive committee for many years and as ACIS president from 1986-88. When the book prize in literature was established in his name by Maureen Murphy in 1999, Rhodes began the practice of buying the books of every prize winner, and writing a congratulatory note to each recipient.

Born in Cortland, New York, in 1927, he served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines, and graduated from Cortland State Teachers College. He went on to earn his MA in 1955 and his PhD in 1964 in English at the University of Michigan. Returning to New York, he taught literature from 1958 to 1988 at the State University of New York at Cortland. Rhodes was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Cortland Distinguished Alumnus Award. He retired from SUNY Cortland as Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Irish Literature, and remained active on campus until shortly before his death on September 24, 2016. Grateful students established the Robert Rhodes ‘53 Scholarship at SUNY Cortland in his honor.