Dr. Kathleen Monahan Sigma Tau Delta Membership Award
Supported by English department members and alumni, the Dr. Kathleen Monahan Sigma Tau Delta Membership Award covers the cost of membership for a particularly worthy honors society inductee. It is named for Dr. Kathleen Monahan, longtime chair and Sigma Tau Delta faculty advisor, in recognition of her service to our society chapter (Xi Psi) and abiding care for our major students.
A graduate herself of Saint Peter’s, Dr. Monahan earned her doctorate from NYU where she specialized in American Literature. A noted scholar, she’s published numerous works on writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Kennedy, and, one of her all-time favorites, William Carlos Williams. Dr. Monahan became a full-time member of the English department in 1987, rising to the rank of full professor in 2000. In addition to receiving numerous fellowships to support her research, she was department chair from 2002 to 2015, leading us with purpose and compassion and enabling us as faculty to focus on what’s most important: our teaching and our students. Indeed, as the following testimonials describe, the truest mark of a teacher’s success is what his or her students learn, express and go on to do. It is for this reason, too, that we’re honoring Dr. Monahan through the creation of the Sigma Tau Delta Award.
Please join us in celebrating Dr. Monahan’s career at Saint Peter’s and her leadership of our Sigma Tau Delta honors society by contributing to our Membership Award fund. Initial gifts made by Dr. Paul Almonte, current English department chair, and Maria Janelli ’03, English major graduate, have enabled us to establish the award and your gift will help build the fund for years to come. We can think of no better way to recognize Dr. Monahan’s commitment to our students than ensuring that no honors award recipient need turn down the induction invitation for financial reasons.
“I had many classes with Kathy. In fact, it was one of her classes that inspired me to become an English major…I owe her a tremendous debt for learning how to read literature. Congratulations to her and her success in inspiring countless students to love literature.”
– Dr. Charles Lassiter '03
“It wasn’t until I sat in one of Dr. Monahan’s classes that I met another person who truly made me feel their passion for the American word. I left every single class of [hers] feeling like I had gained something. [She] always encouraged us to think, and led her classes with such grace.”
– Dimana Neykova '11