Laura Apol, associate professor (te) received the Teacher Scholar Award for exemplary merging of theory and practice in her teaching. The award is presented to faculty who early in their careers have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching, and who have shown scholarly promise. Apol was lauded for her ability to introduce complex theories of literature and find ways to help students put them into practice. A poet with a significant publication record, she has used her experience as a writer to shape her teaching of literature. Throughout her career, Apol’s scholarship and teaching have been integrally combined. She has often involved her students in her research projects, and has frequently studied her own students— and their students—in her cutting-edge research into literature response.