Creators of Justice Literary Award in Poetry for "Old Children". Third Prize. International Human Rights Art Festival. Summer 2020.
Loquat Literary Award in Poetry for “Age of Aquarius”. Third Prize. Ecology Florida and University of South Florida. Spring 2018.
Provost’s Grant for Heinrich Böll International Summer School, Morehouse College. 2007.
Professional Development Grant for “Internationalizing the Curriculum,” Albany State University. 2005-2006.
Independent Scholar’s Award for The Sound of Silence. Nominated. Modern Language Association. 2000.
Service Award. Waubonsee Community College. 1999.
Outstanding Service Award. Children’s World. 1996.
Jenefer Giannasi Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshman English. Nominated.
Department of English, Northern Illinois University. Spring 1995.
Outstanding Student Award. Department of English, Northern Illinois University. May 1993.
Graduate Student Scholarship (Teaching Assistantship with complete Instructor responsibilities). Department of English, Northern Illinois University. Fall 1988-Summer 1993.
Arnold B. Fox Essay Award. Special Reference. Department of English, Northern Illinois University. May 1990.
Prize and Placement, Debates, Dramatics, Elocution. Jesus and Mary College. 1980-83.
First Place, Jesus and Mary College in National Cultural Festival. 1980.