Awards & Recognition

  • Co-Recipient of Text Group Lecture Award (on the Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo), Alpha Team, Honors College, University of Houston, Fall 2018
  • Bee and Kee Wong Faculty Engagement Award, Honors College, University of Houston, Fall 2018
  • Co-Recipient of Text Group Lecture Award (on the Poetry of Seamus Heaney), Alpha Team, Honors College, University of Houston, Spring 2018
  • Dean’s Service Award for excellence in teaching, leadership, and service to the Honors College, University of Houston, October 2017
  • Outstanding Lecture Award (“Pride and Prejudice as Bildungsroman”), Human Situation course, Honors College, University of Houston, Spring 2013
  • Outstanding Lecture Award (on Prometheus Bound), Human Situation course, Honors College, University of Houston, Fall 2012
  • Best Lecture, Omega Team (“W.B.Yeats: A Soul Education”), Human Situation course, Honors College, University of Houston, Spring 2012
  • Best Lecture, Omega Team (“Antigone: The Return of the Repressed”), Human Situation course, Honors College, University of Houston, Fall 2011
  • George and Mary K. Fleming Award for Teaching Excellence, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston, Texas, 2005
  • A Sort of Homecoming chosen as 2002 Houston Press “Best Book by a Local Author”
  • A Sort of Homecoming included in the Los Angeles Times “Best Fiction of 2000” list
  • Creative Writing Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland, 1991
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