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Posted on October 23rd, 2012 in Uncategorized

Dr. Maxine L. Montgomery

Outstanding Faculty – 2012

Dr. Maxine L. Montgomery earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and her Master of Arts degree in English from Florida State University (FSU).  She also earned her doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Montgomery is a full Professor in FSU’s English Department. She specializes in African-American, American Multi-Ethnic, and Women’s Literature; and she is the nation’s preeminent scholar on the writings of Gloria Naylor.  As the first African-American to achieve tenure in English at FSU and, later, reach full professorship, she has been a positive role model for countless undergraduate and graduate students campus-wide.  Not only does her involvement on doctoral, master’s and honor’s committees exceed that of most faculty members at her rank, she continues to offer assistance as a mentor and friend in helping students reach their goals even after graduation.  For the last 19 years she has taught in the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) Program, a support program directed toward first-generation college students.  She goes beyond the expected responsibilities of a professor in mentoring and counseling minority students, and draws upon her experiences as a former FSU student in helping these students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Montgomery is a dedicated scholar and an award-winning teacher.  One of her former doctoral students nominated her for the university’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award.  She received FSU’s 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.  She also received the University Teaching Award in 1995 and 2003.  She has been recognized as an outstanding faculty member by the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society and the Gold Key Honor Society. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, the College Language Association, the Toni Morrison Society, and the Florida College English Association.  She is wrapping up a three-year term as editor of the national College Language Association Journal, and she is continuing to serve as a judge in the statewide “Poetry Out Loud” competition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr. Montgomery is married to Nathaniel Crawford, Jr., and they have two daughters.