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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Bryan Giemza

Assistant Professor of English
Randolph-Macon College
Rising Star Recipient

Bryan Giemza is an Assistant Professor of English at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he joined the faculty in 2008. He received his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and his J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a 2011 Hemingway Foundation and Society’s Smith-Reynolds Fellow.

Dr. Giemza’s scholarly work ranges across nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, bringing together elements of American, Irish, and southern studies. He has published over a dozen articles concerning such topics as Native American literacy, contemporary film and American culture, and familiar writers such as Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy. His recently completed literary history, Lost Colonies: Irish Catholic Writers and the Invention of the American South, is forthcoming from LSU Press. He also is an editor of Southern Writers, which received the 2006 Jules and Frances Landry Award, and the co-author of Poet of the Lost Cause: A Life of Father Ryan, which was nominated for the Lincoln, McClemore, and Jefferson Davis prizes. He is currently writing a book about the importance of debts, valuation, and morality in Ernest Hemingway’s short fiction.

Drawing on his background in law, Dr. Giemza has taught courses linking law, ecology, and literature. He has set up partnerships between students and non-governmental legal organizations for collaboration on real-world investigations and problem-solving. He presently serves as the prelaw advisor to Randolph-Macon students.

Dr. Giemza is committed to sharing his passion for the written word in a variety of venues. Since 2009 he has been a guest lecturer on the cultural stage at the annual Savannah Irish Festival. A prize-winning poetry and fiction writer, and recent attendee of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Dr. Giemza is the faculty director of Randolph-Macon’s creative journal, The Stylus. He has offered lectures to local writing groups and been a featured presenter at the Southern Festival of Books. In addition to academic projects, Dr. Giemza is writing a novel set in eastern North Carolina in the 1980s—amid the rivers and swamps that he loves to explore. He lives near Richmond, with his wife Kristi and two children, John Paul and Vera Rose.

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Dr. Bryan Giemza


"The unremarked work—of helping students to become better readers, communicators and writers—is so often the most necessary. Far from the ‘heroic individualism’ model of scholarly achievement, great ideas most often come from shared discovery and the careful observation of what is already right in front of us."