At the 2017 ASECS national conference in Minneapolis, MN, the Graduate Student Caucus was pleased to confer the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring to Dr. Dennis Moore. An Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at Florida State University, he specializes in eighteenth-century American culture and literature in addition to African-American literature and culture. His record of service within his discipline is well known, from founding the American Studies Association’s Early American Matters Caucus to having served as president of ASECS’s Americanist affiliate, the Society of Early Americanists, and serving currently as Founding Mentor for the SEA’s Junior Scholars Caucus.
Dr. Moore’s service to his institution and his students earned him this most recent honor. He has directed over ten doctoral dissertations, over ten MA thesis efforts, served on over twenty M.A. committees, served as a University Representative on multiple Ph.D. and M.A. committees at Florida State, conducted graduate workshops and sessions, and offered his knowledge to many graduate students over the years at the annual ASECS conferences. In 1999 he received Florida State’s University Distinguished Teacher Award, having won a University Teaching Award there in 1993 (his second year on the FSU faculty), 2005, and 2013, and has a number of mentees both current and past who are grateful for the time and knowledge he shared with them. We are honored to present this award to Dr. Moore, and we appreciate all he has done for the graduate students of Florida State, ASECS, and beyond.
The ASECS Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring was established to honor scholars in any field of eighteenth-century studies who generously offer career-long mentorship to others, investing in the future of our field and sharing their knowledge. The ASECS Graduate Student Caucus awards this honor yearly to worthy individuals who are nominated by their peers and mentees, both current and former.