Professor Emerita Awarded the Virtue Family Exceptional Service Award

August 28, 2019

Dixie Goswami, Professor Emerita of English, honored by Middlebury College!

Press Release 8/10/2019 from Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont  RIPTON, Vt.


Headshot of Dixie Goswami

Professor Emerita of English, Dixie Goswami

As the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English enters  its Centennial year, the graduates of the Class of 2019 rejoiced in the 100th Commencement exercises on the evening of Saturday, August 10.

Middlebury President, Laurie Patton, acknowledged the life’s work of Dixie Goswami, retiring faculty member and founder of the Bread Loaf  Teacher Network, by awarding her the Virtue Family Exceptional Service Award, which recognizes faculty and staff who go above and beyond
their professional responsibilities to support and connect with students and to live in an exemplary way that builds a more engaged and inclusive Middlebury.

Patton praised Goswami as a forward-looking educator and activist who has revolutionized educational theory and practice over her 38 years of teaching and leading at Bread Loaf. The Middlebury president also expressed admiration for Goswami’s ability to always put students’ voices and imaginations at the center of the learning process. Goswami led the effort in the 1980s to bring more public school teachers to Bread Loaf. Over 40 percent of the School of English’s teacher population are now from public schools. Patton lauded Goswami as a force, a visionary, a changemaker, and an inspiration. Goswami received, as noted by Patton, a rare honor: a standing ovation in absentia.

Goswami, Clemson Professor emerita, holds honorary degrees from Presbyterian College and Middlebury College.  She is co-founder (1996) and Director of the Write to Change Foundation.


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