Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


A lifetime achievement award for Dr. Frank Fennell

Dr. Frank Fennell, long-time faculty member in the Department of English and Dean of CAS from 2008-2012, was the recipient of the Newbridge Silver Literary Award this past summer for lifetime contributions to scholarship on the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.  This award is given by the Gerard Manley Hopkins Society at its annual summer Festival‌, held in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, an event which welcomes scholars from across the globe and also focuses on music, poetry, and the visual arts.

Like much of the Irish tradition, the Festival brings together scholars, artists, and everyday people to create an engaged and lively experience for all.  Whether in classroom or pub, everyone finds themselves a student at this long-time Irish Festival, now in its 27th year.  Fennell has presented several times at the event and looks forward to continuing his relationship with the Gerard Manley Hopkins Society.

Dr. Fennell started at Loyola as an Assistant Professor in 1968 and became full professor in 1983. Since that time he has held many administrative positions at the University, including Chairperson of the English Department and at various times Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  His research interests focus on Victorian Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Pedagogy.  Review his faculty page for additional information.