Congratulations Dr. Spearen on Receiving the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Awards!

Charlene Monahan Spearen holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, each from the University of South Carolina. She is an Assistant Professor and Chair in the Humanities Division.  Former President Pamela Wilson states, “Dr. Spearen brings extensive experience and superb energy to our students and our academic programs.  She joined our faculty ranks in 2010 and has since then made major contributions to the educational pursuits of our English majors while simultaneously immersing herself in strengthening the curriculum for the benefit of our students.  Allen University and her students are fortunate to be able to benefit from her intellectual capacities and her humanistic dedication.”Dr. Spearen’s area of specialization is teaching composition and poetry as an art form and a movement of witness. She considers it an honor to be a part of a university and body of faculty that takes seriously the goal to inspire their students, maximize their abilities, and to aid them in their endeavors to become meaningful members in society. The Vice President of Academic Affairs adds that, “Dr. Spearen came to Allen University with a vision and it is a thrill to watch her vision unfold.  She has captivated our students by sharing her interests in poetry and culture, and by assisting them to be introspective, and thus empowered by words. She is a strong leader, an excellent role model, and a dependable colleague to all.” Dr. Spearen’s scholarship includes numerous published poems including her book length collection, A Book of Exquisite Disasters (University of South Carolina Press), which is scheduled for release April 2012.  She lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband John and her three married children, Aimee, Alyse, and Christian.

About the South Carolina Independent Colleges and University Excellence in Teaching Awards
The South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, Inc. hosted its fifth annual Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner. The award was created to honor those faculty members from its member schools who demonstrate the highest standards of teaching that encourage students to strive for excellence in the studies and pursuits. The award is given to one faculty member at each of the twenty member colleges and universities chosen by their institution according to rigorous criteria. Each recipient was honored and recognized with a certificate and a grant for $3,000 to be used for professional development opportunities.