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Citadel News Service
3 May 2008

Professor Sean Heuston named Grimsley teacher of the year

The Class of 2008’s nominee for teacher of the year has been named the The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award winner. 

Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, presents the teaching award that carries his namesake to professor Sean J. Heuston of the English Department.

Professor Sean J. Heuston received the award during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement May 3, 2008 in McAlister Field House.

The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award is for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students. The award was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.

“Professor Sean Heuston teaches in an energetic, engaging style that makes good use of his youth and his familiarity with popular culture, without sacrificing the integrity of the literary works he teaches,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. “His courses range from traditional ones like Literature of the American South to such subjects as film studies and detective fiction, and each summer he leads a group of Citadel cadets for six weeks of summer study in London.”

Heuston came to The Citadel in 2002 shortly after he earned his Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Heuston has recently been awarded tenure and in August 2008 will be promoted to associate professor. Heuston is academic advisor to Bravo Company and serves on numerous campus committees, including the human affairs subcommittee on cadet, faculty, and staff relations; The Citadel NCAA Compliance Self-Study Committee; Athletic Advisory Committee, Summer Scholarship Committee, Citadel Scholars Admissions Committee and Cadet Driving Safety Committee.

“The Citadel is greatly indebted to Professor Heuston for his work with cadets outside of the classroom as well as in.” Hines said.

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