Ann Fisher-Wirth, professor of English, was named the Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2005-06.
“A dedicated teacher with a passion for her subject, Dr. Fisher-Wirth is most deserving of this award,” said Glenn Hopkins, dean of liberal arts. “Students remark on the effect she has had not just on their learning but on their lives.”
Nominations for the award are invited from students, faculty, staff and alumni. Criteria for the award include excellence of class instruction, intellectual stimulation of students and concern for students’ welfare. Selection is made by a committee of previous teaching-award recipients.
“I love teaching,” Fisher-Wirth said. “I feel very lucky to teach the two subjects I care about so passionately–poetry and the environment.”
“Dr. Fisher-Wirth’s impact on my life and an entire generation of students here at Ole Miss deserves the highest recognition possible,” wrote one student. “No adjective more perfectly applies to her than that which applies to the award: ‘outstanding.’”
Fisher-Wirth was also named the UM Humanities Teacher of the Year for 2006-07. Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the College of Liberal Arts, Fisher-Wirth presented a lecture titled “The Authority of Poetry” in October in honor of Arts and Humanities Month in the state of Mississippi.
Fisher-Wirth joined the UM English department in 1988. She received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and continued her studies at Claremont Graduate School, where she earned master’s and doctoral degrees. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
A Pushcart Prize nominee, Fisher-Wirth’s poetry has appeared in some of the most prestigious creative writing journals. Her books include Five Terraces (Wind Publishing, 2005), Blue Window (Archer Books, 2003), Walking Wu Wei’s Scroll (The Drunken Boat, 2005) and The Trinket Poems (Wind, 2003).