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Noted Humanities Professor and Author, Alice Griffin, Creates Graduate Fellowship at FAU


BOCA RATON, FL (November 18, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University has received a gift from Dr. Alice Griffin, of Palm City, FL, to establish the Alice Griffin American Association of University Women (AAUW) Graduate Fellowship in FAU’s Graduate College. The $100,000 gift is eligible for the State of Florida’s matching gift program.

This gift creates an endowment to provide graduate-level educational opportunities to women who wish to return to the work force, obtain professional advancement or successfully change careers. Griffin has specified that each recipient be awarded up to $5,000 annually to cover tuition and fees. Preference will be given to those individuals from Martin and/or St. Lucie counties who are active chapter members of the AAUW and who seek enrollment in master’s degree programs in such fields as nursing, business administration, accounting and science.

Alice Griffin, who earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University where she was a Fisher Fellow, is professor emerita and the former director of graduate studies in English at Herbert H. Lehman College of The City University of New York. In her close to 45 years in academia, Griffin has taught courses in modern drama and Shakespeare. She has served on the board of directors for the Shakespeare Association of America and the American Theatre Association (formerly the American Educational Theatre Association), and was on the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly, a journal founded by the Shakespeare Association of America.

The author of 10 books on theater, Griffin has delved into the works of such playwrights as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Lillian Hellman. Griffin also wrote four books on Shakespeare, including the latest titled, Shakespeare’s Women in Love. Her book reviews have appeared in The New York Times. Griffin is recognized for her work as a drama critic for Theatre Arts Magazine, Variety and for selected radio stations.

“In my years as an English professor, particularly while teaching at Lehman College, I got to know many ‘mature’ women who sought advanced degrees in English,” said Griffin. “Most of these non-traditional students had raised families and were returning to graduate school with dreams of career advancement in fields such as writing or academia. I saw the financial struggles they faced and realized that for many the expense of tuition was too great a burden to bear. These students who inspired me to create the FAU fellowship symbolize hope and personify everything the American Association of University Women stands for as an organization.”

Since the founding of FAU’s Graduate College in October 2007, Dean Barry Rosson has been working with the FAU Foundation and Lifelong Learning Society to establish mechanisms by which graduate students are better able to afford the cost of their education.

“I am so thankful that Dr. Griffin has chosen to give this very generous gift,” said Rosson. “Her donation is the first endowment gift the Graduate College has ever received, and as such, it will forever be of special significance to me and to the Graduate College. What a wonderful and lasting legacy she has provided by enabling future generations of women to fulfill their hopes and dreams of earning a master’s degree. Because of her generosity and devotion to the ideals of AAUW, there will be many women over the years who will have vastly different and enhanced career opportunities.”

            For more information about funding graduate education or to apply for the Alice Griffin AAUW Graduate Fellowship at FAU, contact Kristine Killip, assistant director of graduate student support, at 561-297-3911 or   

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