SCF Venice Instructor Named 2010 Distinguished English Colleague

(Bradenton, Fla., October 29, 2010) — Richard McKee, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) language and literature instructor, was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Colleague Award by the Florida College English Association (FCEA) at an annual conference in Winter Park in October.

The award, which is the highest honor granted to an FCEA member, recognizes significant and sustained contributions in teaching, scholarship and service. The award was presented to McKee by Jane Anderson Jones, SCF language and literature professor and 2004 Distinguished Colleague Award recipient.

As an active member of FCEA for more than a decade, McKee thanked the FCEA for its long and positive influence on his profession as an educator.

“Having joined this organization over a decade ago, I have always benefited from an annual conference by learning something valuable I could use in my classroom. This award is truly the high point of my professional career,” he said.

McKee has served as treasurer on the executive board of FCEA for four years. He currently is an associate editor of Florida English, an annual literary journal sponsored in large part by the FCEA.

Before recently becoming a full-time SCF faculty member, McKee worked as an adjunct instructor at SCF since 1988. He also taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design and served as writing coordinator from 2002-2007.

As a versatile author who specializes in satire and creative non-fiction, McKee has published over 70 essays and articles. His writing also has appeared in publications in Great Britain and Australia. In addition, he has published author interviews, including his most recent interview with bestselling Florida crime novelist Tim Dorsey.

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