Baggett to receive Hendrickson award, deliver Cheever lecture


Paul Baggett, assistant professor of English, will receive the first annual J.P. Hendrickson Faculty Scholar award and deliver the debut Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Lecture.  Both are sponsored by the South Dakota State University College of Arts & Sciences.

Baggett’s lecture, “Pushing the Frontiers of Gender and Genre: South Dakota Women’s Literature” will highlight the works of two contemporary authors who have challenged restrictive representations of women: Linda Hasselstrom and Darla Bielfieldt. Additional South Dakota authors – Kathleen Norris, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, and Christine Stewart – are featured as well.

In nominating Baggett, Jason McEntee, SDSU English department head, said, “Dr. Baggett embodies a true commitment to teaching, advising, service and scholarship in the liberal arts tradition.  His work on South Dakota women writers has consistently challenged and added depth and clarity to our understanding of gender and genre.”

The award and lecture are named for two former Arts & Sciences professors and administrators. Professor John Phillip Hendrickson was a long-time faculty member and Head of the Department of Political Science from 1957 to 1988.

Herbert Cheever Jr. served as a professor in Political Science from 1968 until his retirement 32 years later in 2000.  He also served as department head for nine of those years and as acting dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in 1985-86 and 1991-92 and dean from 1992 to 2000.

“The Cheever Liberal Arts Lecture celebrates and sustains Dean Cheever’s passion and commitment to a lifetime of teaching and learning, ”said Dennis Papini, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

“Both Hendrickson and Cheever distinguished themselves as living examples of the value and importance of a liberal arts education, inspiring students and colleagues alike to a life of critical thought, reflection, and impact both in and out of the classroom.” Papini said.

Upon Hendrickson’s retirement in 1988, Cheever said, “J.P. Hendrickson exemplifies the qualities of the best of professors. His scholarship, teaching and advisement, character and citizenship have consistently, year in and year out, been ranked high by those who work with him or study under him. A “Professor’s” professor.”

The J. P. Hendrickson Faculty Scholar award celebrates a life devoted to teaching and learning, strengthens the pride and cohesion within the College of Arts & Sciences around its core mission, and stimulates collective thinking about the importance and value of providing all students with the strongest possible liberal arts experience and education in and out of the classroom.

The Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Lecture is the signature celebration of the value of a liberal education within the College of Arts & Sciences at South Dakota State University.   The Cheever Lecture emphasizes the role and importance of a liberal arts education in today’s increasingly specialized and vocationally oriented political and higher-education climate.

The award presentation and lecture are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 7-8:30 Volstorff Ballroom B of University Student Union on the campus of South Dakota State University.


Leave a Reply