March 9, 2005
Dr. Sean Meehan, assistant professor of English at Morningside College, has been awarded the 2005-2006 Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association Fellowship for the Study of Emerson and his Circle from Houghton Library at Harvard University.
The fellowship is for $2,750 and will allow Meehan to spend one month at Houghton Library, the principle rare book and manuscript library at Harvard. Meehan will research material for a book he is writing titled “Emerson’s School.” The book is a study of Emerson’s philosophy of education and its relevance for a secondary school curriculum. He will also include the research in a course he will teach about Emerson during the fall 2005 semester at Morningside.
Meehan joined the Morningside faculty in 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University, a master’s degree in English and American literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a doctorate in English and American literature from the University of Iowa.
Prior to joining Morningside, Meehan was a teacher and curriculum coordinator in the English department at Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pa. He was a visiting professor of English at the University of Iowa in the spring of 2001, a general education instructor in the literature program at Iowa for several years, and taught at the Newark Academy in Livingston, N.J.
Meehan is the author of several published papers and book reviews in journals such as Prose Studies, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, where he was editor from 1997 to 2000. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Modern Languages Association.