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Stephen M. Watt
Master of Arts - 1975 - English
Steve Watt's standards for the teacher/scholar he has become were set in the UW English department, through working with and observing professors Art Simpson and Ric Reverand. Watt lectured in the department for three years before returning to the University of Illinois for a doctoral degree, which he completed in 1982.He then joined the English faculty at the University of Tennessee, where he taught until he moved to Indiana University in Bloomington in 1985. He now teaches and directs English Graduate Studies at Indiana, where he is known as an outstanding teacher. Art Simpson, who has watched his career with interest and pride, says Watt has energy, integrity, and the ability to engage an audience. "He is a believer in the teaching and research missions of the university, in what a university can and should be, and strives to make it so." Watt has published extensively on English, Irish, and American literature in major journals. His book, Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theater, was published in 1981. Watt remembers working with Reverand on microfilm facsimiles of rare emblem books they had ordered through inter-library loan and could keep for only three weeks. "The pace was feverish as we read into the wee hours of the morning. Most of all, I remember the excitement and sense of satisfaction of simply doing the work. Those several weeks led to my thesis and, later, to my first professional publication and first appearance at a professional conference. But unquestionably the experience was far more important than its end results, because it convinced me that I had to go on to complete a doctorate and continue to do literary research. It helped me understand a little better who I was and what I wanted ore day to be."