Blumberg Centennial Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Fall 2014
Blumberg Centennial Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Marjorie Woods completed her PhD at the University of Toronto (1977) and BA at Stanford University (1969). The child of a military family, she credits her interest in the history of pedagogical practices to her own frequent school changes. She honed her intellectual interests by researching how students were taught to write in medieval schools as well as how pre-modern classroom exercises can be employed in the modern classroom. Much of this research led to her book Classroom Commentaries: Teaching the Poetria nova across Medieval and Renaissance Europe (Ohio State, 2010), which was awarded the 2010 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award. Woods is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies from the American Academy in Rome and has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Humanities Center, and the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at The Ohio State University, and has received research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and American Philosophical Society.