Margot Gayle Backus
BACKUS’ MENTORING, TEACHING SKILLSEARN HER UNIVERSITY AWARD
Her classroom is home for coursework, but her home or nearby café are havens for learning not only how to make a living, but how to make a life, to paraphrase her motto. She has mentored countless students pursuing doctorates, writing papers for conferences, writing a thesis or trying to get through James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” She strives to be more than a teacher. She aims to be an ally and guide.