John Peters - 2013 Distinguished Research Professor

John Peters, Professor of EnglishJohn Peters, Professor in the Department of English, has been named a 2013 Distinguished Research Professor.  Peters is recognized for his work in modern British literature, particularly the works of novelist Joseph Conrad.  His external letter writer from Brown University simply states, “Peters is the real deal.”  His books are published by the best publishers in his field- Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford.  Peter's first book Conrad and Impressionism is considered an indispensable text.  In addition to his 31 articles in top-flight journals such as College Literature and Studies in Short Fiction.  He also publishes many reviews as well as translates Japanese poetry.  His translations are so well regarded that he received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship in 2013. 

There is no evidence that the quality and quantity of his work is diminishing. He just keeps on keeping on.  He is working on what his colleagues believe will be an important book- Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Perception.  Peters is "among the most prolific and influential literary scholars in the history of the UNT English Department" says David Holdeman, chair of the English department.  His' abilities in the classroom equal his outstanding scholarship.  "It is worth noting that Jack is also a fine teacher with an excellent record of service to the department, college, and university.  He has not achieved excellence as a scholar by shirking his other responsibilities" says Holdeman.

The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognize tenured faculty at the rank of professor who have achieved a truly exceptional record of creative activities or research productivity and who demonstrate a record of continued extraordinary productivity.  To learn more about this award, including past award recipients, visit Distinguished Research Professorship.

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