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Literature educator

Jewel Spears Brooker, American Literature educator. Indiana scholar fellow National Endowment for Humanities, 1980-1981, College Teachers fellow, 1987; grantee Florida Endowment for Humanities, 1983, Missouri Arts Council, Wilbur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Southern Education Board, since 1983, Liberty Fund, 1996; recipient Tchg. Excellence and Campus Leadership award Sears-Roebuck Foundation, 1990.


Brooker, Jewel Spears was born on June 13, 1940 in Jenkins, Kentucky, United States. Daughter of William Burnside and Mae (Johnson) Spears.


Bachelor of Science, Stetson University, 1962. Master of Arts, University Florida, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, University South Florida, 1976.


Lecturer University South Florida, Tampa, 1972, 74-75, 78-80. Postdoctoral fellow Yale University, New Haven, 1980-1981. From associate professor to professor Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, since 1981.

Professor Colorado School Mines, 2003—2004. Visiting scholar Cambridge (England) University, 1987. Visiting professor Columbia University, New York City, 1988, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, 1992-1994.

Stanley J. Kharl fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999, John Adams fellow, University London, 2000. Panelist, reviewer National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, since 1988. Project evaluator Florida Endowment for Humanities, Tampa, since 1988.

Consultant reader United States Department Education, Washington, 1988, Humanities Research Council Canada, other professional journals, since 1986.



Chair various committee National Endowment Humanities, 2003—2006. Member National Humanities Council, 2003—2008. Fellow British Library.

(honorary); member South Atlantic Modern Language Association (secretary 1981-1982, chair, modern British language, 1982-1983, member executive committee, 1993-1996, chair nominate committee 2001-2002, chair finance committee 1999-2000, 2nd vice president 1998-1999, 1st vice president 1999-2000, president 2000-2001), American Association of University Professors, Association Literature Scholars and Critics, Richard Wilbur Society (president 1996-1999), Thomas Stearns Eliot Society (board directors 1984-1991, president 1985-1988), Association for Christianity and Literature (steering committee 1988-1990, president 1992-1995), International Association University Professors English (executive committee since 2007), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: snow skiing, tennis.


Married Hampton Ralph Brooker, December 21, 1962. Children: Emily Hope, Mark Spears.

William Burnside Spears

Mae (Johnson) Spears

Hampton Ralph Brooker

Emily Hope Brooker

Mark Spears Brooker