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Gordon Sayre Receives Faculty Excellence Award

picture-68Professor Gordon Sayre is one of thirteen outstanding UO faculty members selected to receive the 2014-2015 Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards.

The recipients were chosen based on scholarly impact within their fields of study, their contributions to program and institutional quality at the University of Oregon, and their academic leadership.

Recipients will receive $20,000 salary stipend or $25,000 for research. A reception for the award winners will be held at the Ford Alumni Center in the Susie and Randy Papé Hearth Foyer on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Fund for Faculty Excellence is designed to further the University’s strategic commitment to improving its academic quality and reputation by recognizing, supporting, and retaining world-class tenure-related faculty.

Read about the reception in Around the O.

Last year, Professor Sayre delivered the Spring 2014 Presidential Research Lecture: “Lines and Voices: Maps and Narratives in 18th Century Middle America.”

The 2014 Presidential Research Lecture was presented by the Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education. Sponsored by RIGE, the Outstanding Research Career
 Award is given annually to two
 tenured faculty members of associate 
or full professor rank. Award recipients share their outstanding work with campus colleagues by giving the Presidential Research Lecture on campus in the year following the receipt of their award.

Professor Sayre has taught at the UO since 1993, Gordon Sayre is a specialist in Colonial American literature from the 16th through early19th centuries in French and English. His research also focuses on autobiographical accounts and Native American studies, as well as the intersection of environmental studies and literature – a field for which the University of Oregon has international renown. Sayre is the author, editor, or translator of five books, including his most recent translation, The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic, 1715-1747 (U of North Carolina Press, 2012). He is currently beginning work on a project about climate and extinction in early America.