About the Moorman Distinguished Professorship

The Moorman Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities is named after Charles Wickliffe Moorman III (1925–96) , who was an American writer, and professor at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1954 to 1990. He served as department chair and also as vice president of academic affairs at USM. An authority on Middle English, Medieval Literature and the Arthurian Legends, he was known for his accessible style.

The professorship is awarded biennially for a two-year term to a senior professor in the departments of English, history, foreign languages, or philosophy. Established 1988 to support professors in specific research projects, the first Moorman Distinguished Professorship was given to Professor Philip C. Kolin in 1991. Other recipients include Professor D.C. Berry. 

The 2013-14 Moorman Distinguished Professor is Professor Angela Ball.