Catherine R. Eskin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
“I know that we cannot teach our students unless they are willing to be taught. I also know that they are most willing when they feel what they are learning will be relevant to their goals. I take pride in making the freshman writing course (a rite of passage for the majority of students) an important part of how students recognize the utility of writing in their lives.”
Dr. Eskin has been teaching on the college level for...a really long time. She did her undergraduate work at Douglass College (Rutgers University) and her graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. Eskin enjoys teaching a variety of things (from aerobics in the 1980s and 1990s to bread-making in the early 2000s), claiming that her own desire to continue learning helps fuel her motivation as a teacher. An active person, Eskin runs, bikes, hikes and plays the occasional capture-the-flag game with her family. An active member of Temple Emanuel, Eskin enjoys building the FSC Sukkah on campus and directs the Temple Emanuel Archive of images and oral history interviews.
Ph.D., M.A., English, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Comparative Literature, Douglass College, Rutgers University
Honors and Awards
- Ben & Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award from FSC, 2014
- Faculty Volunteer of the Year, 2013-2014
- Faculty Advisor of the Year for The Jewish Association, 2013-2014
- “Lover of Wisdom” Award from Phi Eta Sigma (National First-Year Honor Society) - 2011/2012
- Faculty Volunteer of the Year Award - 2011/2012
- Elected to Faculty Row - 2012
- Sutton's Who's Who in Academia - 2011
- “Favorite Professor” from The Southern (Southern Superlatives) - 2009/2010
- Award for Conference Travel and Student Travel, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Division of Humanities, FSC - 2009
Publications or Exhibitions
"The PR Wars: The Hunger Games Trilogy and Shakespeare's Second Henriad" forthcoming in Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, eds. Mary Pharr and Leisa Clarke, McFarland, due Fall 2012.
"Literary Figures: Lodge in the Undergraduate Classroom," in Teaching Early Modern Prose, eds. Susannah Monta and Margaret Ferguson, New York: MLA, 2010. 313-319.
"Teaching Service Learning Memoirs: Gargantua, Maimonides, and Lake Hollingsworth,: in Proceedings of the FCEA 2008. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2009. 33-42.