A Southeastern Louisiana University professor of English has received a Love of Learning Award presented by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Joan Faust, of Mandeville, who also serves as the English Department’s undergraduate coordinator, was one of 140 recipients nationwide to receive the award and a $500 stipend, which helps fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development. She plans to use the award to help fund reproduction rights for a book project on 17th-century British poet Andrew Marvell.
Faust, who holds master’s and doctorate degrees in English literature from LSU, was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi as an undergraduate student at Nicholls State University. She has held numerous offices in the Southeastern Chapter, including president, and currently serves as chapter secretary. Faust is the founder of Southeastern’s annual Quiz Bowl Tournament, which pits student teams against faculty teams during Homecoming week. The event has been recognized nationally by the honor society.
The Love of Learning Award program was initiated in 2007 to help fund graduate or professional studies, dissertations, career development and travel related to teaching and studies for active Phi Kappa Phi members. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, the society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.