Dr. Gary Guinn Distinguished Professor Endowed Scholarship


Type: Endowed



Established: 2005

This scholarship is created in honor of Dr. Gary Guinn, the 2006 Distinguished Professor of English at John Brown University. Dr. Guinn was born in the JBU hospital when it was located in downtown Siloam Springs, and maintained a close relationship with the university throughout life. He graduated from JBU in 1974 with a BSE in English, and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.  In 1979, Dr. Guinn returned to JBU to serve as the Dean of Student Life, but spent most of his time at JBU as a professor of English in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. He taught a variety of courses in the English Department, including Honors Composition, World Literature, Honors Integrated Humanities, 19th-century British Literature, Irish Literature, Creative Writing Workshops in both poetry and fiction, and others.

Dr. Guinn served from 2002 until 2005 as the director of the Honors Scholars Program at JBU. He presented papers at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), national and regional conferences and has been involved in many projects to ensure the continued excellence and national recognition of the Honors Scholars Program at JBU. Dr. Guinn also served as editor of the Small College column in The National Honors Report, the official journal of NCHC. His fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies. His novel, A Late Flooding Thaw, was published by Moon Lake Press in 2005.

Dr. Guinn is married to Mary Ann (Huskins) Guinn '78, who served as the university nurse for 21 years. They reside in Siloam Springs and have two grown sons and two grandsons.