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Great Bear Writing Project Director Named 2012 Arkansas Professor of the Year

Date: November 15, 2012

Summary: Stephanie Vanderslice, director of the Great Bear Writing Project in Arkansas, has been named the 2012 Arkansas Professor of the Year. Vanderslice is an associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas and teaches composition, creative writing, and writing for children.


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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recently named Stephanie Vanderslice, a professor at the University of Central Arkansas, as the 2012 Arkansas Professor of the Year, according to a news release Thursday.

"Arkansas didn't have a winner last year, and it's the first time UCA has had one in about 14 years," Vanderslice said. "The faculty work really hard, and I am just a representative of that."

Vanderslice, [a] New York City area native, has been at UCA since 1997 teaching composition, creative writing and writing for children. She has been instrumental in the development of the National Writing Project of Central Arkansas and has been published in many book collections and journals both nationally and internationally. Vanderslice has a BA from Connecticut College, an MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Vanderslice was among about 300 top professors nationwide to be considered for state honors and the national award.

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