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 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 subjects and skills, though her graduate work prepared her specifically for English Renaissance topics. Since her arrival at FSC, she has consistently taught first-year writing and English literature, along with Shakespeare, early English literature, Introduction to Literary Studies (for English majors), creative non-fiction and biography. She has written on Shakespeare, Thomas Lodge, Southern Jewish history, and the Hunger Games trilogy. She has been involved in religious life on campus through her work with Jewish students and helped create the Weinstein Scholar program for students from Israel. An active member at Temple Emanuel, Eskin enjoys building the FSC Sukkah on campus. She founded the Temple Emanuel Archive of images and oral history interviews in 2007/2008 and has a semester-long sabbatical (Fall 2015) during which she is collecting interviews for the Archive. Eskin enjoys running, biking (to and from school), hiking and playing the occasional capture-the-flag game with her family.
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 Advisor of the Year for The Jewish Association, 2013-2014
- Faculty Volunteer of the Year, 2013-2014, 2011-2012
- “Lover of Wisdom” Award from Phi Eta Sigma (National First-Year Honor Society), 2011-2012
- “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
The Donna and Scott Langston Archival Grant from the Southern Jewish Historical Society, 2015-2016
Community Project Mini-Grant from the Florida Humanities Council, 2015-2016
Publications and Exhibitions
Curator. “The Jewish Families of Polk County (1909-present).” Polk County History Center, Bartow, FL. May-August 2016.
Curator of Temple Emanuel Archive Images (composed in-situ text). Curate Lakeland: Community-Curated Pop-Up Exhibit, First Friday, Downtown Lakeland Partnership. July 2015.
“The PR Wars: The Hunger Games Trilogy and Shakespeare’s Second Henriad” in Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, eds. Mary Pharr and Leisa Clarke. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 179-189.
"Literary Figures: Lodge in the Undergraduate Classroom," in Teaching Early Modern Prose, eds. Susannah Monta and Margaret Ferguson, New York: MLA, 2010. 313-319.
Public and Professional Presentations
“The Jews of Polk County (1909-present): Growing Up and Planting Roots.” Lunch and Learn Series at the Polk County History Center, Bartow, FL, May 2016.
Panelist. “’Our Jewish Communion’: Religious Identity and Growing Up Jewish in Polk County, FL.” Panel presentation, Florida Southern College, February 2016.
“Brush Up on Your Shakespeare,” Faculty Artists Series, Festival of Fine Arts, FSC, February 2015. (A collaboration with Diane Stahl.)
“A Jewish Baby Snowbird: Howard Grossman’s Educational Experiences in the Orange Belt c.1942-1952,” Florida Conference of Historians, Lakeland, FL, February 2015.
"Jewish Sacred Space in a 'City of Churches': Temple Emanuel in Lakeland, Florida." Keynote presentation at the Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference. Columbia, SC, October 2011.