Richard Utz, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Fax Number:
404-894-1287
Office Location:
Skiles 337
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Overview

Richard Utz is Chair and Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining GT, he gathered experience as a educator and administrator at the Pädagogische Hochschule Dresden, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Tübingen, and Western Michigan University. 

Utz has taught a wide range of topics, from Geoffrey Chaucer's medieval poetry through Bruce Chatwin's postmodern prose, and his scholarship centers on medieval studies, medievalism, the interconnections between humanistic inquiry and science/technology, reception study, and the formation of cultural memories and identities. He is the author and (co)editor of 21 book-length publications as well as member of the editorial advisory board of journals and book series based in Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, and the United States. He has published more than 130 essays and reviews and presented invited plenaries at Canterbury Christ Church College (England), Ewha Womans University (South Korea), Towson University (USA), the University of Bamberg (Germany), Western Michigan University (USA), the University of Hamburg (Germany), and the University of Groningen (Netherlands).

Utz has been the recipient, at the University of Regensburg, of the Dr. Katharina Seiler Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of English Studies and, at the University of Northern Iowa, of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Teaching Award; the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award; the Donald N. McKay Research Award; the Dr. Philip Hubbard Award for Outstanding Educator, the University Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Iowa State Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. He currently serves as President of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism and editor of its review journal, Medievally Speaking, and its Proceedings, The Year's Work in Medievalism.

Education:
  • Dr. phil. Universität Regensburg, Germany
Awards and
Distinctions:
  • President, International Society for the Study of Medievalism
  • Dr. Phillip Hubbard Award for Outstanding Educator (U of Northern Iowa, 2006)
  • Faculty Excellence Award (College of Humanities & Fine Arts, U of Northern Iowa, 2004)
  • University Distinguished Scholar Award (U of Northern Iowa, 2003)
  • Regents Award for Faculty Excellence (Iowa State Board of Regents, 2002)
  • Donald N. McKay Faculty Research Award (U of Northern Iowa, 2001)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award (College of Humanities & Fine Arts, U of Northern Iowa, 1995)
  • English Department Professor of the Year (Sigma Tau Delta, U of Northern Iowa, 1993)
  • Dr. Katharina Sailer Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of English Studies” (Dissertation Prize, U of Regensburg, 1991)
Areas of
Expertise:
  • History Of Humanistic Inquiry, Science, And Technology
  • Late Medieval English Culture, Literature, And Language
  • Medievalism Studies
  • Reception Studies