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Southern Miss History Professor Earns Recognition for Research, Instruction PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Contact Charrmaine Schmermund, 228.865.4573   
LONG BEACH, Miss.University of Southern Mississippi professor Dr. Deanne Nuwer’s impact on her students and historical scholarship has earned notice from organizations across the state and region devoted to the advancement of excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Nuwer, associate professor of history at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was recently named a recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council Teaching Award. The council presents the award to one humanities faculty member at each institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Recipients receive a cash award from the council and are recognized at an annual awards banquet.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the university The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Humanities Council for teaching,” said Nuwer. “Teaching is a passion of mine, and I am most grateful to the university and the council for their support.”

In addition to the banquet and cash award, Nuwer will make a public presentation, titled “The Importance of Nursing Care in the 1878 Mississippi Yellow Fever Epidemic.” Nuwer is scheduled to make her presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the university’s Katrina Research Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Nuwer’s presentation is based on her recently released book, “Plague Among the Magnolias: The 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Mississippi.” The book, published by the University of Alabama Press, explores the social, political, racial and economic consequences of the yellow fever epidemic in Mississippi.

“Dr. Nuwer’s enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom are unparalleled, and the energy she brings to the craft of teaching engages our students in the learning process,” said College of Arts and Letters Associate Dean Mark Wrighton. “She truly embodies the creative spirit of the humanities and strives to instill it in all of her students.”

Nuwer has also been named president of the Gulf South Historical Association, the first female to hold the position. The association, a consortium of colleges and universities from Florida to Texas, preserves and promotes the history and cultures of the Gulf South.

Earning her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Southern Miss, Nuwer has served as a Southern Miss Gulf Coast history professor since 2000. She has also instructed classes for the university’s study abroad program in Pontlevoy, France.

– Dr. Deanne Nuwer, right, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, meets with student Penny Glassman to discuss a research paper. Nuwer is the recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council Teaching Award and has been president of the Gulf South Historical Association. Her book, “Plague Among the Magnolias: The 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Mississippi,” was also recently released. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

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