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Congratulations to Ralph Bauer and Michelle Rowley who were the two recipients of the 2015-16 Outstanding Directors of Graduate Studies awarded by UMD’s School of Graduate Studies.

The Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies Award is intended to recognize directors of graduate studies who have made exceptional contributions to graduate education, a graduate program and/or the graduate student experience in that program.

Ralph Bauer, associate professor in the Department of English, specializes in the literatures and cultures of the early Americas, comparative literature, critical science studies, as well as hemispheric American and early modern Atlantic studies. It is worth adding that Ralph has been a model administrator, in terms of both efficiency and innovation.

Michelle Rowley, associate professor of Women’s Studies focuses her research around issues of gender and development, the politics of welfare, state responses to questions of Caribbean women’s reproductive health, and well-being and rights for sexual minorities. Students noted that Rowley pushes them towards riveting discussions and has a profound wealth of knowledge in her area. 

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