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Michael Parker named Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc & Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professor

Photo of Michael Parker from a past book signingProfessor Parker. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Provost Dana Dunn and Dean Timothy Johnston share the great news:

“We are pleased to announce that Professor Michael Parker, of the Department of English and the MFA Program in Creative Writing, has been awarded the first Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship.

“Professor Parker is an eminent writer whose eight published works of fiction have garnered both critical acclaim and popular success. His first novel Hello Down There (Scribner, 1993) was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. More recently, The Watery Part of the World (Algonquin Books, 2011) was widely reviewed in such places as The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Constitution, People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and National Public Radio. His latest work is All I Have in This World (Algonquin Books, 2014).

“He has received multiple awards for his writing, including the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction (1994), the Pushcart Prize (2002), the North Carolina Arts Council Fiction Fellowship (2003), the N.E.A. Fellowship in Fiction (2004), and the O. Henry Award (2004), and three career-achievement awards: the Mary Hobson Award in Arts and Letters (2006), the North Carolina Award for Literature (2006), and the R. Hunt Parker Award for significant contribution to the literature and culture of North Carolina. Professor Parker has taught in the Creative Writing Program since 1992 and in 2009 was awarded the UNCG Senior Research Excellence Award for his body of creative work.

“The Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Professorship was established by a gift from Dr. Nancy Vacc in memory of her husband. Both Nancy and Nick were long-time members of the UNCG faculty in the School of Education.”

Parker joined the UNCG faculty in 1993. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984.