About the Awards

The McBride Teacher-Scholar Award honors Bill McBride, who taught for 45 years in Colorado schools, including Manzanola, Poudre and Fort Collins High Schools, and Colorado State University. Established when he retired in 1998, the endowment continues Bill’s legacy of ensuring quality English Language Arts teachers for secondary schools.

Thanks to the generous support of the McBride Endowment, the CSU English Education program is able to provide a limited number of awards to area teachers.

Eligible applicants should be employed, full- or part-time, as an English language arts teacher in a public school.

The Ruff Scholarship is a generous annual donation from Jim and Walta Ruff. This scholarship is awarded to students studying in the English department for up to six credits of graduate courses. Applicants must demonstrate how they will use the funds toward professional development or their degree.

Eligible applicants include individuals who are employed, full- or part-time, as an English language arts teacher in a public school, current undergraduate or graduate students who are within 30 credits of completing their degree and have financial need, or undergraduate or graduate students who will be student teaching in the fall or spring and in need of financial assistance to reduce the number of hours outside of student teaching that they would work to pay tuition.

We seek applicants with the desire to achieve any or all of the following goals:

  • deepen and broaden their knowledge in areas relevant to their teaching
  • critically engage with literacy studies, literary scholarship, academic and creative writing, and/or teacher inquiry
  • revitalize their work with students, especially those from historically marginalized or underserved populations
  • connect to a professional community with shared interests
  • begin or continue a graduate degree in English

Because we seek to increase the diversity of our program, applicants who self-identify as members of marginalized populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The award is effective starting Fall 2021 and covers tuition for one 3-credit, graduate-level English course at CSU. Candidates can reapply for future semesters. The application deadline is April 1.

We offer several graduate-level English Education courses in the late afternoons (starting at 4pm or later) once per week. Subject to change, some of these course offerings include:

Fall 2021

(Applications for scholarships for this class will be open next year.)

E 402: Teaching Composition

Thursdays, 4:30-7:20pm

Course Instructor: Kelly Burns

Writing is thinking made visible. There is public writing and private writing, and there is place in the world and in the classroom for both. The best writing teachers see themselves as writers. They understand the importance of not only knowing the what but also the why of their practice. They understand that there are various ways to approach both the teaching and process of writing, and they make informed pedagogical choices that suit their context. What about teaching writing? Process and product matter, and many times, we don’t bring a writing piece to full publication—does this still count as product? YES! Remember that writing, when taught as a process, is not simply a one shot product; instead, it is a complex reflection of a series of steps and metacognitive thinking opportunities that, when carefully woven together, help students create a piece of writing. It is our responsibility, as teachers of writing, to analyze the parts of the process that help students create writing pieces they are proud of, giving us a better insight into places where intervention can occur, thereby facilitating our students’ writing success.

E 513B: Form and Technique: Poetry

Mondays, 4:00-6:50pm

Course Instructor: Sasha Steensen

This is a class for practicing poets. We will study the history of poetic forms from sonnets to free verse, and we will both critically and creatively engage with the material.

E 630: Global Modernism

Wednesdays, 4:00-6:50pm

Course Instructor: Philip Tsang

Modernism has traditionally referred to a canon of works produced in Europe during the interwar era, but recent scholarship has greatly expanded our understanding of modernism as a truly transnational movement, an interconnected phenomenon shaped by material, cultural, and geopolitical changes on a global scale. In this course, we will examine various approaches to global modernism: not only will we read a wide array of canonical as well as lesser-known works from all across the world, but we will also explore how modernist writers respond to such issues as immigration, exile, social reform, world war, imperialism, energy extraction, and climate change. Possible authors include Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Richard Hughes, Alfred Döblin, Samuel Beckett, Jean Rhys, Sol T. Plaatje, Mulk Raj Anand, and Aimé Césaire.

E 632:  Professional Concerns in English: Critical Approaches to Multicultural Young Adult Literature in the Classroom

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50pm

Course Instructor: Ricki Ginsberg

This course has two overarching objectives: a) to think about strategies for overcoming perceived challenges to the instruction of multicultural and/or young adult literature and b) to study and develop our own critical approaches for instruction. We will extend beyond traditional critical theoretical approaches and contextualize pedagogical approaches in community-based and student-centered ways. As is the philosophy of this course, all assessments will include a significant amount of choice for students to center the course content into their own goals and practices. Students from all perspectives are encouraged to enroll, including those who intend to teach or currently teach at the secondary or college level and/or those who are interested in thinking deeply about the opportunities that come with the inclusion of multicultural young adult literature in schools and colleges.

McBride Teacher-Scholar Award and Ruff Scholarship Application

Fill in and submit this digital form to apply for the McBride Teacher-Scholar Award and Ruff Scholarship
  • In approximately 250 words, explain how you will use this award to advance your career interests and objectives, especially as they pertain to the goals described at the start of this application.