CCU English Professor Receives Alumni Award from University of Alaska

Elaine Woodruff, Professor of English at Colorado Christian University, has been named a recipient of this year's Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Excellence by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association. She was honored at an awards ceremony on September 30 in Fairbanks.

Dr. Woodruff, the first University of Alaska graduate to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the Fairbanks campus, later earned a doctorate in English from the University of Denver where she was in the Writing Program. She began her university career at as an assistant professor at the Economics Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder and, in 1993, joined the English faculty at Colorado Christian University. She was promoted to full professor in 2004.

Dr. Woodruff has published one book and is awaiting publication of a second. She has presented papers and given poetry readings in American cities, as well as the Shakespeare Bookstore in Paris and New Hall at Cambridge University.

Other honors include a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to participate in a Faculty Institute for College Teachers; participation in a Women's Studies Delegation to South Africa; participation in the Billy Collins, American Poet Laureate, Workshop in Taos; and the Iowa Writers' Summer Workshop.

She recently presented papers at the University of Salamanca in Spain, and at Cambridge University in England. Dr. Woodruff is listed in Who's Who in America, 2005.