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Lynn Ward Prize Judges

2020 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • Irenae Aigbedion, Doctoral Candidate in Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Megan Baughman, Undergraduate Majoring in English, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Jason Griffith, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Voices from the Middle Columnist and Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Education, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • James McCready, Actor, Writer and Musician; Information Resources and Services Specialist with the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Penn State University Libraries (University Park, PA)
  • Colette Slagle, Dual Degree Doctoral Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)

2019 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • Steven Herb, Director Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and Lead Founder of Penn State’s Lynd Ward Prize in 2011, Penn State University Libraries (University Park, PA)
  • Maria Burchill, Head of Adult Services , Co-coordinator of Bookfest PA, and Co-leader of the Pennsylvania Humanities' Council sponsored Teen Reading Lounge, Schlow Regional Library (State College, PA)
  • Brian Alfred, Artist, Musician and Curator; Creator and Host of the "Sound & Vision" podcast; Summer Program Teacher in Tokyo; and Assistant Professor of Art and Arts/Design Entrepreneurship Teaching Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Alise Deveney, Undergraduate Majoring in Film with Minors in English and Theater, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Robyn Engel, Project Architect, IKM Inc., (Pittsburgh, PA)

2018 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • Camila Gutierrez, Doctoral Candidate in Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Paul Karasik, Author and Cartoonist (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)
  • Lars Stoltzfus-Brown, Doctoral Candidate in Mass Communications, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Matt Tucker, Undergraduate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Joseph Michael Valente, Author and Associate Professor of Education and Co-director of Penn State’s Center for Disability Studies, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)

2017 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • Amy Madison, Adult Services Librarian and Co-organizer of BookFest PA, Schlow Centre Region Library (State College, PA)
  • Stephanie Orme, Doctoral Candidate in Communications, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Jessica Sensenig, Sophomore Majoring in English and Telecommunications, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Emily Steinberg, Painter and Graphic Novelist and Teacher of Painting and the Graphic Novel, Penn State Abington, (Abington, PA)
  • John C. Weaver, English Teacher, Williamsport High School, (Williamsport, PA)

2016 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • John McComas, Penn State alum with a BA in English and Full-time Staffer at the Comic Swap (State College, PA)
  • Kendra Boileau, Editor-in-Chief and Acquiring Editor for the Press’ Graphic Medicine Book Series, Penn State University Press (University Park, PA)
  • Collin Colsher, Creator of the “Real Batman Chronology Project” with an MFA in Cinema Studies, New York University (NYU) (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Dustin Perna, Undergraduate Majoring in Advertising and Public Relations, Penn State University Press (University Park, PA)
  • Beth Theobald, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State’s Beaver Campus Library (Monaca, PA)

2015 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • Brandon Hyde, Undergraduate Majoring in English, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Joel D. Priddy, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Veronica Hicks, Dual Ph.D. Candidate in Art Education and Women's Studies, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Brent Book, Penn State alum and Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church (Boalsburg, PA)
  • Jonathan E. Abel, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)

2014 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • J. Harlan Ritchey, Freelance Illustrator, Designer, Videographer and Library Assistant, Engineering Library, Penn State University Libraries, (University Park, PA)
  • B. Stephen Carpenter, II, Professor of Art Education and Professor in Charge of the Art Education Program, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Michelle N. Huang, University Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Benjamin Schreier, Malvin and Lea Bank Assistant Professor of English and Jewish Studies, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Kaity Watts, Senior Majoring in English - Publishing and Creative Writing and Minoring in World Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)

2013 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • Adam Haley, Ph.D., Lecturer in English, College of the Liberal Arts,
  • The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Sadie Buckallew, Senior Majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences, College of the Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Amanda Clossen, Learning Design Librarian, Library Learning Services, Penn State University Libraries (University Park, PA)
  • Michael Jay Green, M.D., M.S., professor of humanities and medicine, College of Medicine;
  • J. Jeff Ungar, rare books cataloger, Cataloging and Metadata Services, University Libraries.

2012 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • Susan Squier, Julia Greg Brill Professor of Women’s Studies, English, and Science, Technology and Society in the College of the Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Glenn Masuchika, Information Literacy Librarian in Library Learning Services, Penn State University Libraries (University Park, PA)
  • Henry Pisciotta, Head of the Architecture Library and Assistant Head of the Arts and Humanities Library, Penn State University Libraries (University Park, PA)
  • Esther Prins, Associate Professor of Education in Adult Education, in the College of Education and Co-director of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • John Secreto, Owner of Comic Swap (State College, PA)

2011 Lynd Ward Prize Judges:

  • John Meier, Assistant Librarian, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Jarod Rosello, Graduate Student in the College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Jean Sanders, Associate Professor of Art, Visual Arts Department, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Scott Smith, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Jerry Zolten, Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and American Studies, Penn State Altoona (Altoona, PA)