Gilbert, Edwyna

Edwyna
Condon Gilbert, PhD
Year Inducted: 
1984
Edwyna Gilbert
Highlights: 
  • 1983: Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award and the H. Bernerd Fink Teaching Award
  • 1980-86: Danforth Associate
  • Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • President of the Endacott Society, the organization for KU faculty and staff retirees
  • Founder of the CLAS Alumni Club
  • 2005: received Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award
Biography: 

Edwyna Condon Gilbert, Associate Professor Emeritus of English and former Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, is remembered as an excellent educator who tried to make her classes informal, with lots of discussion and relating things in class to things in life.

She earned her BS in Education in 1958 and her M.Ed. in 1960 from the University of Missouri.  She taught junior high English, Speech, and Journalism for Denver (CO) Public Schools from 1959-1961 and sophomore English at Shawnee Mission (KS) East High School from 1961-1962 before earning her PhD at the University of Kansas in 1965, where she remained for the rest of her career.

She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of English, Kansas Association of Teachers of English, Phi Delta Kappa, the American Library Association, and the Children’s Literature Association.  She also served on the conference committees for the annual Composition and Literature conferences in 1972, 1980, and 1981.  In 1967, she was selected to be an official judge for the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards Program, which consisted of evaluating 8000 high school seniors nominated by their schools on their writing ability and literary awareness.  At the University, she was Assistant Editor of the School of Education publications and served on numerous University committees, including SenEx and the University Council.  Within the community, she has been President of KU Friends of the Library and in 1990, she directed the Kansas Reagents Honors Academy.

Her research projects have included such varied works as “Perception of Handicapped Characters in Award Winning Books for Children.”  In 1968, she published a book High School English IV Advanced Composition.

She was named a Danforth Associate from 1980-1986 and an honorary member of the KU Class of 1986.  In 1976, she was named a Finalist for the HOPE Award and was nominated several years for the award.  In 1983, she received the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award and the H. Bernerd Fink Teaching Award. 

Even after retirement, Professor Gilbert has remained active in University of Kansas life.  She has served as President of the Endacott Society, the organization for KU faculty and staff retirees, founded the CLAS Alumni Club, and was an active supporter of KUFirst.  She once noted that if she could, she would teach forever.  “I think teaching is caring.  It’s not enough to know statistics and facts.  I think you have to be able to say, ‘Hey, that means something to me.’” 


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