Ezekiel Jarvis Receives 2020 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award
April 29, 2020
EUREKA — Dr. Ezekiel Jarvis is Eureka College’s 2020 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award winner.
Jarvis, who has been teaching creative writing at EC since 2008, and has been the humanities division chair since 2015, received the honor in a virtual honors ceremony that was released on Tuesday.
The award recognizes excellence, creativity and innovation in teaching. It includes a financial stipend, and the award-winner is the speaker at the college’s fall opening convocation.
“I’m humbled, grateful, and honored to have been selected,” said Jarvis, who has been an EC professor since 2017. “I appreciate the recognition from the College, my students, and my colleagues. Thank you to everyone who has nominated me and who wrote the very words kind words about me. Thank you to the Provost and selection committee. This is a bright spot in what’s been a rough time for everyone.”
The award is named for a 1928 Eureka College alumna who had a long, successful teaching career and supported the college throughout her life. Faculty, staff and students make nominations, and a selection committee chooses the winner.
“This professor’s approach to teaching is creative, interdisciplinary, and firmly rooted in the ethos of the college and the liberal arts,” Eureka College Provost Dr. Ann Fulop said of Jarvis during the ceremony. “This person brings and blends scholarship into the classroom in innovative and unique ways."
Jarvis received a bachelor’s degree in English and math from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000, a master’s in English from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2002 and a doctorate in English in 2008.
He is the author of four books, including So Anyway … (a collection of introduction to poems that don’t exist) and the short story collections In A Family Way and Lifelong Learning.
His latest, The Three of Them – a young adult novel about high schoolers who have both disabilities and paranormal abilities – will be published in May.
His work has been featured in numerous literary publications. His play, Meeting, was produced in spring 2018. Last spring, Jarvis rolled out an experimental choose-your-own adventure story/fundraising project that raised money for Central Illinois Sled Hockey Association, Illinois Voices Theatre, and Marc First/Spice.
Located in Eureka, Illinois, and chartered in 1855, Eureka College cultivates excellence in learning, service and leadership while providing students uniquely personalized and custom educational opportunities.
Originally founded by abolitionist members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College holds the unique distinction of being the first college in Illinois and only the third in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis. The College, which is located on nearly 70 wooded acres in central Illinois is the smallest of only 23 colleges and universities to ever award a bachelor’s degree to a future President of the United States.