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Dr. Laura Dennis named Vice President of the Kentucky Philological Association


Williamsburg, KY., - University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Dr. Laura Dennis was recently named Vice President of the Kentucky Philological Association (KPA) at its annual conference at BCTC in Lexington, Kentucky, March 7-8. Dennis is a professor of French in the English and Foreign Language Department at UC and has been a loyal asset to the university for nearly fifteen years.

“I feel both humbled and honored to be the new Vice President,” admitted Dennis. “I am flattered that they chose me and I welcome the opportunity to serve.”

The Kentucky Philological Association is an organization of teachers, scholars, and others who study language and literature and who believe in the collegial exchange of information and ideas in the language arts. KPA holds a conference each year in Kentucky for the presentation of scholarship and creative work by members. The organization also publishes an annual literary journal, The Kentucky Philological Review.

Dennis, and all former and future KPA Vice Presidents, serve three consecutive years. The first year will be as the position of Vice President, the second as President, and the third year as the past President. Since Dennis will be in an important position for this organization for the next three years, she hopes KPA will benefit from her ideas and time in office.

“I have a lot of enthusiasm for the language and literature and think that the humanities are an important part of a person’s education. While I understand the push for more math and science instruction, those of us in the KPA know that literature has much to teach us about what it means to be human and how to live in the world,” explained Dennis. “I also think that it is great that UC and Southeast Kentucky are being represented at this level in the organization, which has members from all over the state. I also like that the KPA fosters cooperation and dialog among different types of institutions, both public and private. This is a great opportunity to be a part of it.”

Dennis has been a member of the KPA several years and has even had three papers voted “Best of Section” at the annual conference and subsequently published in the Kentucky Philological Review. A few years ago, she was elected Foreign Language Representative. This is a position she held up until she assumed the office of Vice President.

Dennis feels that being the Vice President of this organization might improve her role as a professor in UC’s English and Foreign Language Department. “I think the biggest benefit is that I will be working with faculty in a variety of disciplines from all across Kentucky. I have the chance to read their research, exchange ideas, share teaching tips, and more. This informs not only my own research projects, but also my teaching here at UC,” Dennis said. “Moreover, it should help me recruit UC faculty members to the organization. Already, before the election, this year saw faculty members Dr. Cristy Hall and Dr. Melanie Cardell participate for the first time. I also sponsored an undergraduate, Lauren Bradley, to present at our meeting; it was her first scholarly conference.”

University of the Cumberlands has always been blessed with an outstanding, high- achieving faculty who contribute to the university and overall student success over the years.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who makes it possible for me to do what I do. The support from UC is second-to-none and I am proud to represent the university in any way I can.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit