Woodard, Charles 1942-

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Woodard, Charles 1942-

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Charles Woodard graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature/Letters in 1975.

Woodard started his career at South Dakota State University in 1975. He taught courses in American literature, specializing in American Indian literature, American poetry, and literature of the American Midwest and West, and also peace and conflict studies courses, composition, and Honors College courses. He developed four annual programs: the SDSU Great Plains Writers’ Conference, the Oak Lake Tribal Writers’ Retreat, the SDSU Wacipi and the Consider the Century Conference. His work typically focuses on American Indian Studies and Veterans Affairs, and he often works with professionals outside of the university community to develop programs to benefit others.

A few highlights from the achievements of his career include: being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1990; earning distinguished professor status in 1992; earning SDSU’s Excellence in Outreach and Engagement Award in 2012; and earning the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English Author of the Year award in 2013.


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