Ellen McCallum has won the prestigious Paul Varg award in the College of Arts & Letters for 2017. Named after the College’s first dean, the Paul Varg Award recognizes excellence in teaching that intellectually challenges students and instills in them a desire for continuing inquiry and growth beyond their university experience. “Professor McCallum is a superb and engaged scholar. She teaches with passion, discipline, rigor, and empathy. Her energy and devotion to student learning is unlimited,” said Professor of English Stephen Arch. “She is the very model of a dedicated professional scholar who is committed to involved, inspiring teaching. Simply put, Professor McCallum is one of the best teachers at MSU.”
McCallum is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies program. Her teaching and research range across feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, aesthetics, American literature, and film studies. She published Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY 2011) and The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (2013), both of which were coedited with Mikko Tuhkanen. In 2018, her book, Unmaking the Making of Americans (SUNY), will be published.