James A. Duffy received the 2015 Vincent P. Mesaric Award. James A. Duffy is an Instructor in the Department of English, Speech, and Theatre at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. He earned a BA degree in English cum laude in 1998 and an MA degree in English in 2006 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before embarking on a teaching career, Duffy acquired three years of human performance consulting experience, focusing primarily on talent optimization. He also spent three years in the publishing field working with a newspaper, a magazine, children’s books, and instructional materials. He teaches composition, English, and technical writing.

Melanie Springer, who earned her MA in English from UMSL in 1994, and her PhD in English from Oklahoma State in 2000, won the 2015 Undergraduate Research Award from George Fox University, where she is Professor of English.  Springer is one of the few faculty--and only woman-- at George Fox to win both the Undergraduate Teaching Award (in 2009) as well as this year's Research Award. She also has a new book coming out in July, If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for you to Be.