Northwestern State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies has started a fundraising campaign to create an endowed professorship named for former faculty member Dr. Julie Kane.
According to Department Head Jim Mischler, the goal is to raise $80,000, which would be matched with $20,000 from the Board of Regents Support Fund to create a permanent $100,000 endowed professorship.
“I am so deeply moved and honored by this news,” said Kane. “It is especially gratifying to know that the endowed professorship position is going to benefit the faculty members of the department I worked in for many years. They work so hard, and this is something that will give them support for their research and scholarship, on a rotating basis.”
A portion of the return generated by the endowment each year will be used to fund classroom instruction, faculty research, purchase needed software and hardware and cover needed travel to professional conferences. The remainder will be used to increase the endowment.
“Dr. Kane was a highly regarded professor to NSU students and a professional of the highest order to her faculty colleagues,” said Mischler. “Her teaching, writing and service for advancing poetry and the arts were, and are, a great service to our department, the university, Louisiana and the world. We are pleased to recognize her outstanding artistic and scholarly accomplishments through the Dr. Julie Kane Endowed Professorship.”
Kane was Louisiana poet laureate from 2011-13. Her latest book is “Paper Bullets.” She won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize for “Jazz Funeral.” A former Fulbright Scholar, Kane was a winner of the National Poetry Series Open Competition for her book “Rhythm & Booze.” Her other books include “Paper Bullets,” a collection of humorous poems, published in 2014 by White Violet Press. Her fifth collection, “Mothers of Ireland,” will be published by the LSU Press in 2020 in their Southern Messenger Poetry Series.
She was a 2016 Best American Poetry selection and a finalist for one of the major prizes in American poetry, The Poets’ Prize for the Best Collection of American Poetry. Kane was a judge for the 2005 National Book Award in Poetry. Northwestern State honored her with the 2004 Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award and the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. She served as advisor for Argus, Northwestern State’s award-winning literary magazine.
Kane retired from Northwestern State in 2016 and continues an active schedule of writing, teaching and poetry readings. Earlier this year, she joined the faculty of Western Colorado State University’s low residency MFA program.
To contribute to the professorship go to english.nsula.edu/donate.