OU English Professor Selected As Distinguished Professor

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An Ohio University English professor has been chosen to receive a special distinction.

Professor Mark Halliday recently earned the title of Distinguished Professor.

The award is given to a chosen professor once a year who is nominated by a group of professors that previously received the award.

Halliday says the award comes with some nice privileges.

"The distinguished professors get to meet with the president twice a year and get an inside briefing on the university's situation and future. I get a term off for research next year. I also get to award a tuition-free fellowship to one undergraduate each year," says Halliday.

Halliday says he feels very humbled to have been chosen for this award.

"It's a great honor. It's a little embarrassing because I know there's plenty of other professors who are equally distinguished or have great achievements, but they only pick one a year and I got it this time," says Halliday.

Halliday's portrait will hang with his peers' outside the Faculty Commons on the third floor of Alden Library.

Halliday was a guest on WOUB's NewsWatch program last night.