Awards & Honors


2011: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Influence Award for Just a Girl: The Community-Centered Cult Television Heroine, 1995-2007 being among the top twenty most-downloaded dissertations in AY 2010-2011

2011: Nominated for “Mr. Pointy” Juried Award for book-length scholarly writing in Whedon Studies published in 2010 for The Literary Angel (McFarland, 2010; co-edited with AmiJo Comeford, Dixie State College, Utah)

2009: Wilbur and Elizabeth Gaffney Travel Fellowship, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2008: Stuff Memorial Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2008: Frederick A. and Minnie J. M. Stuff Memorial Placement Fellowship, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2005: Karen Dunning Women’s Studies Outstanding Graduate Scholarly Paper Award for “Prostitution Reform Rhetoric in the Sentimental Novel as Performed in Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall and Lillie Devereux Blake’s Fettered for Life,” Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



2009: Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2009: Mortar Board Senior Honor Society “Professor of the Month” Teaching Award for March, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2003: Nominated for Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in Excellence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas



2010: Organizational Leadership Award, Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

2009: Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Friendship Home (local domestic violence shelter)

2008:  Outstanding Contribution to the Status of Women on Campus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2001: William R. Nester Award for Collegiate Leadership, University of Nebraska at Kearney

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