Lane receives teacher of the year

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Lane receives teacher of the year

 Dr. Kate Lane
Dr. Kathryn Lane, chair of the Department of English, Foreign Language and Humanities and assistant professor of English at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently received the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year award during the annual Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Association Awards Ceremony.


In order to qualify for this award, a student must first nominate the teacher, and then the Student Government Association members review the nominations and determine the award winner.

Lane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing and a doctorate in English with an emphasis in British literature, both from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I am very flattered to be considered for this award,” Lane said. “I really enjoy my students and my subject matter; but receiving the John Sheffield award makes all the hours of grading, emailing and answering questions, well worth it.”

Lane has been an assistant professor of English at Northwestern since 2011 and has served as department chair since 2014. She also currently serves as the Northwestern study abroad-faculty director and served as student study abroad director at Northwestern from 2013-14.

In between finishing graduate school and starting her doctorate, Lane remembers a distinct moment while adjunct teaching when she realized, “This is what I’m meant to do.” She expresses the same sentiment about being at Northwestern.

“I have had amazing teaching opportunities at Northwestern,” Lane said. “I love being in a place where the value of education is recognized.”

For more information about opportunities within Northwestern’s Department of English, Foreign Language and Humanities contact Lane at (580) 327-8470 or by email at kelane@nwosu.edu.

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