Bill McBride (left) and Paul De Maret (right) at the 2009 NCTE Convention in Philadelphia, where Bill received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English

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. We are seeking 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 2019 and covers tuition for one 3-credit, graduate-level English course at CSU. Candidates may apply for one or two semesters and can reapply for future semesters.

Application deadlines are May 15 for Fall 2019 and September 15 for Spring 2020.

Access information about graduate-level courses that might be especially interesting to you at the English department website.  Upcoming graduate-level English Education courses include:

Spring 2020

E 632:  Professional Concerns in English: Conceptualizing and Enacting Mindfulness Practices in Educational Settings

Dr. Cindy O’Donnell-Allen

In case you haven’t noticed, mindfulness has gone mainstream. Self-help texts, websites, meditation apps, and podcasts underscore the benefits of “intentional living,” “being present,” and “self-care” for the individual ensnared in a busy world. Still, the current preoccupation with mindfulness indicates a continued relevance over time, particularly when informed by more considered views that are embedded in contemplative traditions, scientific research, and intentional personal and collective practice.

This course is for you if you are interested in mindful, sustainable pedagogies that are animated by an ethic of activism, hope, and action around issues of social injustice, with the goal of enacting awareness-based change. This course is required for students in English Education, but students from all programs who expect to engage in formal or informal teaching at some point in their careers are welcome.