Mimi Fenton, WCU professor of English, received a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, the University of Wyoming, during that institution’s Homecoming in October.
Fenton earned two English degrees at UW – a bachelor’s degree with honors and her master’s degree – before going on to earn her doctorate at the University of Kentucky. She joined the WCU faculty in 1992 and formerly served as dean of the university’s Graduate School and Research.
Fenton is a previous recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, WCU’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Excellence in Teaching Award.
A scholar of the works of 17th-century English poet John Milton, she will be traveling to Budapest, Hungary, in December to engage in six months of teaching and research as a Fulbright Scholar.