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Professor honored by Society for German-American Studies

Thursday, May 26, 2016

LAWRENCE — The Society for German-American Studies has selected Professor William Keel of the University of Kansas Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the society's 40th annual symposium in San Antonio.

The Society for German-American Studies is an international professional organization dedicated to encouraging and advancing the scholarly study of the history, language, literature and culture of the German element in the Americas. Members of the society include representatives from various academic disciplines who share a common interest in German-American studies.

“On behalf of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, I’m delighted to congratulate Bill Keel on earning this prestigious national award,” said Professor Nina Vyatkina, department chair. “The Society for German-American Studies Nominations Committee points out that Bill ‘suits any and all’ criteria for the Outstanding Achievement Award, including significant published research in the field and outstanding service contributions. Bill’s award significantly contributes to our department's success and enhances KU’s national and international reputation.”

The Society for German-American Studies has established an award which is given each year to an individual who has distinguished him- or herself in the field of German-American studies. Achievement in the context of the award is broadly defined. The honoree may have published significant research in the field, may have served the society and the field of German-American Studies in an outstanding fashion or may otherwise have made an outstanding contribution to the field.





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