In 2004, the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education was created and presented to Dr. Unterberger in recognition of her many years of service and significant contribution to the growth and development of honors education at Texas A&M. The 2018 recipient of the Unterberger Award is Dr. Marian Eide.
Marian Eide is an Associate Professor of English and Women’s & Gender Studies with areas of specialty in ethics, violence, and transnational literature. In addition to enjoying undergraduate honors teaching at all of levels, in recent years she has worked closely with a dozen undergraduates pursuing individual research projects that range from archival research on James Joyce’s revision practices to narratives from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Invested in this project-based approach, she finds that, pursuing individual research, students are inspired by big questions of academic significance and personal import to stretch their training and work energetically to tackle issues of great social and cultural significance. Eide is the author of over a dozen academic articles as well as the book Ethical Joyce (Cambridge, 2002) and a forthcoming volume Terrible Beauty: The Violent Aesthetic in Twentieth-Century Literature (University of Virginia Press). With retired Colonel Michael Gibler, she edited an oral narrative collection titled After Combat: True War Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan (University of Nebraska, Potomac Books, June 2018).
Dr. Eide’s work in creating a lab-like experience for undergraduate research in humanities and her mentorship of students in using their research skills to engage important questions is breaking new ground and creating new opportunities for students in liberal arts and is also reinforcing the value of liberal arts education for engaged citizenship.
For a list of previous recipients, please visit http://launch.tamu.edu/Academic-Excellence/Faculty-Recognition/Unterberger-Award.