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2008 Distinguished Honors Alumni Award Recipient: Jeffrey Hammond

Posted Mar, 31, 2008
Beginning in 1967, Jeff embarked on what would lead to a 12 year collegiate career starting as an undergraduate student here at Kent State University. He loved Kent State University so much that he stayed on campus to pursue both his Master of Arts degree and PhD (both in English).

Currently, he is the George B. and Wilma Reeves Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of English at St Mary’s College of Maryland where he specializes in early American literature and creative nonfiction.  

We are extremely proud of his career success, and equally proud that he credits Kent State University and the Honors College with providing him with the educational background and leadership skills that have proved to be so valuable to his professional development. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:

  • Finalist, Independent Publisher Book Award in the category of Essays and Creative Nonfiction for his work, Ohio States: A 20th Century Midwestern, an essay collection about the small-town Midwest
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of English, Kent State University • Winner of the “Life in Ohio” essay competition sponsored by Ohio Magazine
  • Finalist, Missouri Review Editor’s Prize in Essay for his work titled “Simulated Cities”
  • Norton T. Dodge Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jeff is a native of Findlay, Ohio. 

As he once so eloquently wrote, “As an Ohioan who has lived on the east coast for nearly 30 years, I can attest that one of the first things an Ohioan in exile acquires is a fierce sense of Buckeye pride…”