Elaine Walls Reed ’74, professor of English at Kutztown University and director of the university’s Women’s Center and Women’s Studies program, received the 2007 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Award for Excellence in Teaching earlier this semester.
The Wiesenberger Award, noted as one of KU’s most prestigious awards, recognizes a full-time faculty member who excels as a teacher and demonstrates unparalleled leadership and service to the university. Reed, the third woman to be presented the award, is the fourteenth recipient overall.
Reed has served as a public educator for thirty-two years, teaching Professional Writing at Kutztown since 1992.
“I was thinking about how unlikely it would have been to predict fifteen years ago, when I started at KU, that I would ever even be considered for the award,” said Reed.
Reed believed that joining a university faculty at the instructor level after seventeen years in secondary education and public relations meant she had to prove herself again and again. She did this by earning a Ph.D. while fulfilling the expectations of a tenure-track position.
“Most gratifying have been the number of remarks made to me by other faculty members who have shared their personal stories about struggling to be accepted into our ranks,” said Reed.
A graduate of Shenango High School in New Castle, Reed received her B.S.Ed. in English from IUP, an M.A. in English from Kutztown University, and a Ph.D. in mass media and communication from Temple University.
In April 2007, Reed participated in the Oxford Roundtable on Women’s Rights and Freedoms at the University of Oxford, England.
Reed lives in Mohnton with her husband, Gary, and nephew, David. Her son, Jim, lives in Fort Pierce, Fla., with his wife and their two children.