Dr. Rhonda Brock-Servais '90
In 1990 at UW Parkside, Rhonda Brock-Servais was awarded the Phil Pogrega Memorial Award for Service. In 2018, she was honored with the Citizen Leader Award at Longwood University, where she has been for 20 years.
Dr. Brock-Servais is a Professor of English who teaches primarily Children’s and Young Adult Literature, the Gothic, and 19th-century British Literature. She has been a Department Chair, Faculty Senate Chair, and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee as well as a Division Head for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor at Hollins University’s summer MA for Children’s Literature.
Since leaving Parkside, Dr. Brock-Servais completed her MA at Georgia Southern University and her PhD at the University of South Carolina where she was twice awarded a Gamecock Faculty All-Star and won the W.T.C. Bates Award for Outstanding Scholarly Essay in her final year. She is an active scholar having authored encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and articles in both journals and book collections, including some students as co-authors.
Recently, Dr. Brock-Servais became the Associate North American Editor for the journal Children’s Literature in Education. She regularly presents papers at both the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts and the Children’s Literature Association’s Conference. Most importantly, she is a devoted teacher who values the relationships she builds with students and who truly believes in the ability of education to change lives.