Werden named June Advisor of the Month by national honor society

Jun 15, 2022 • Faculty, Faculty & Staff News, Honors & Awards, English
Leslie Werden

Morningside University Omicron Delta Kappa Circle leader Leslie Werden was recently named the national society’s June Advisor of the Month.

In addition to this honor, she was inducted into the Five Star Society in recognition of time served on the national board at the 2022 ODK National Leadership Conference.

“It’s been very important to me to be able to get a seat at the national level,” Werden said. “It’s helpful with what we do in our local ODK Circle.”

Morningside’s ODK Circle 2021-22 project list included Into the Streets, the University’s community service event; a faculty appreciation dinner; the Dean's List reception; and an honors convocation. The circle also teamed up with the campus’ Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and Diversity, Openness, and Togetherness groups to host a diversity panel featuring Siouxland community members.

Werden has served as both a circle coordinator and faculty advisor at Morningside University. In addition to local involvement, she has written and edited articles for The Circle, ODK’s member magazine. The professor of English and rhetoric served on the National Advisory Council (2018-20), where she also chaired the program subcommittee in year one and the circle and membership standards subcommittee in year two. Werden is the 2019 recipient of the Society’s Robert L. Morlan – Robert Bishop Outstanding Circle Advisor Award. She is currently a faculty/staff trustee and the immediate past chair of the mission committee along with being a member of the board nominations committee. Her term on the board concluded this month.

Werden teaches British literature, academic writing, mythology, film analysis, literary analysis, and public speaking at Morningside University. Her interests include sixteenth-century British Literature, Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, film adaptation, and drama. Recent research projects have focused on pedagogy in the classroom as well as on inter-collegiality and connections between Humanities and other disciplines. Her goals are to encourage students to find strengths in their own critical thinking and writing and build upon those so they can become confident and marketable beyond college.

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