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Robert Steven Nelsen, American academic administrator, literature and language professor. Member AWP.


Nelsen, Robert Steven was born on January 21, 1952 in Brigham City, Utah, United States. Son of Robert Secrist and Geraldine (Jensen) Nelsen.


Bachelor, Brigham Young University, 1978. Master of Arts in Political Science, Brigham Young University, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1989.


Administrative assistant University Chicago, 1989-1990. Instructor University Illinois, Chicago, 1989-1990. Associate professor, director creative writing program University Texas at Dallas, 1990—2008, associate provost than vice provost, 2005—2008.

Associate vice president academic affairs, president English Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U.-Corpus Christi, 2008—2009. President University Texas-Pan American, since 2010. Guest research associate University Frankfurt, Federal Republic Germany, 1987-1988.


  • Pushcart Prize, Best of the Small Presses: Distinguished Stories Award, 1991: "Ronnie Big Wolf Tooth" and "Two Points of a Blue Star" "Ten Best Journals," Common Knowledge, May 1, 1993, Library Journal"Best Journal in Humanities, Social Studies, and Social Sciences, 1993," Common Knowledge, The Association of American Publishers, January 1994Literacy Champion Award, South Texas Literacy Coalition, Historias de la Vida 3rd Annual Gala, Palmhurst, Texas, September 24, 2011Community Literacy Champion, South Texas Literacy Coalition, Edinburg, Texas, September 22, 2012Edinburg Rotary Leadership Award, Edinburg, Texas, June 26, 2013Good Samaritan Community Services Award, Good Samaritan Community Services, Pharr, Texas, August 7, 2013Man of the Year Award, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, Edinburg, Texas, Texas, October 24, 2013Golden Eagle Award, Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, McAllen, Texas, March 1, 2014Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame, BorderFest, Hidalgo, Texas, March 5, 2014.


  • Other Work

    • Author short stories. Executive editor Common Knowledge, since 1991.


Member AWP.


Married Joellyn Hawkins, February 14, 1975. 1 child, Robert Seth.

Robert Secrist Nelsen

Geraldine (Jensen) Nelsen

Joellyn Hawkins

Robert Seth Nelsen