John Edgar Tidwell

Professor of English
Primary office:
3027 Wescoe Hall


Other Educational Experiences

  • Fellow, Humanities Research Fellowship, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Spring 2006
  • Non-resident Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004. (nonstipendiary appointment)
  • Participant, “African American Traditions: The Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance,” Penn State University, 9–13 June 1998, directed by Prof. Carl Blake
  • Participant, "African American Voices: Language, Literature, and Criticism in Vernacular Theory and Pedagogy," Penn State University, 21-25 June 1994, directed by Drs. Bernard Bell and William Harris 
  • Visiting Fellow, Afro-American Studies, Yale University, 1985-1986
  • (Auditor), NEH Summer Seminar, Atlanta University, 1979. "Alain Locke, The Harlem Renaissance, and Afro-American Culture," directed by Professor Richard A. Long

Honors and Awards

  • Humanities Research Fellowship, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Spring 2006
  • Sabbatical, University of Kansas, Fall 2005
  • University of Kansas, General Research Funds, summers 2000, 2001, and 2002
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, KS, February 17–19, 1999
  • Faculty Improvement Leave, Miami University, Fall 1997.
  • Alumni Fellows Program, Washburn University, October 22-24, 1994.
  • Alumni of Notable Achievement, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, selected June 1994.
  • Langston Hughes Visiting Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas, Spring Semester 1994.
  • Visiting Scholar in English and in Ethnic Minority Studies, Kansas State University, 15-19 March 1993.
  • NEH Summer Stipend, awarded March 1993.
  • Miami University, Grant for Research Graduate Assistant, for 1993-1994.
  • NEH Travel to Collections Grant, awarded December 1992.
  • Miami University, Assigned Research Appointment, Fall 1990.
  • Miami University, Summer Research Appointment, 1988.
  • NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1985-1986.
  • NEH Summer Stipend, 1985 (refused).
  • NEH Travel to Collections Fellowship, awarded December 1983.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Fall 1982.
  • University of Kentucky Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 1981, 1982, and 1983.
  • National Fellowships Fund Award, 1978-1981 (for dissertation work).
  • Jessamine Allen Dissertation Fund Award, University of Minnesota, Fall 1980.
  • Putnam Dana McMillan Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Summer 1979.
  • American Lutheran Church Future Faculty Fellowship, 1975-1977.

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