Rose State College creative writing professor Theresa Walther was recently named a 2015 DaVinci Fellow by the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma. The award recognizes creativity, broadly defined, among Oklahoma higher education faculty who have made a significant contribution to the profession.
Walther has taught full-time at Rose State College since 2004 and also works to coordinate the college’s annual Poetry at Rose event. Walther is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, the National Council for Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, and the Oklahoma Association for Developmental Education.
Walther also has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma, and has published poems in regional journals. She is one of five professors to win the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma award for creativity in the classroom, as well as the only professor from a community college to win for 2014-15.
The DaVinci Institute was founded in 1998 through the Kirkpatrick Foundation as a creative think-tank to promote a statewide creative renaissance through lectures, workshops, professional development, research and advocacy. Walther received a DaVinci “Vitruvian Man” medal and a $1,000 award for her efforts at the DaVinci Institute awards banquet March 27.
For more information on the DaVinci Institute, go to davinciok.org.