Concord College Professor Receives WV Humanities Council Grant

For Immediate Release: 
Jul 05 2001

Concord College Professor Receives WV Humanities Council Grant

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College Professor of English Dr. Stephen Rowe was recently recognized by the West Virginia Humanities Council for his accomplishment in the field of literature.

The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purpose of the Council is to encourage life-long learning for West Virginians by providing understanding of culture and humanity through the study of history, comparative religion, literature, philosophy, ethics and other topics. The Council’s purpose is to “get people thinking and talking together.” To this end, the Council encourages and supports exploration on a vast array of topics that affect West Virginians, from various industries within the state to the impact of technology on West Virginia classrooms.

The Council selected eight West Virginians who exhibited accomplishment in a field of the humanities for a fellowship period from April 2001 to April 2002.

Dr. Rowe was awarded a $2,500 West Virginia Humanities Research Fellowship for the 2001-2002 academic year to fund his work in Renaissance Literature. Dr. Rowe’s project which the grant will fund is entitled A Study of the Influence of Thomas Legge’s Richardus Tertius Trivaspa on Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great. Rowe, who plans to submit the research article for publication upon its completion, said that despite the tricky title, the project is simply a study on whether one play—Thomas Legge’s Richardus Tertius Trivaspa, which was written in Latin—influenced a play written by Christopher Marlowe in English years later (Tamburlaine the Great). Rowe added that the two plays have so many similarities that it’s a question for which literature buffs and some students of literature would enjoy having a theory.

Rowe said that he was grateful to the Council for allowing him to learn something in his field that “until the grant, I’ve never had the time nor the money to do!”

He explained that the fellowship also helps him to do something that he feels is important for any educator.

“I teach composition at Concord, and I’ve always thought that a teacher should be able to practice what he preaches. With the study and writing involved in the fellowship on my own personal time, I’m practicing what I preach to students.”

Dr. Rowe, who has taught English at Concord College since 1998, said, “teaching is what it’s all about. That’s why Concord College is here.”

Dr. Rowe, a published author, received his master’s degree in Pre-Eighteenth Century Literature from the University of Arkansas. In addition to teaching English at Concord, he is also director of the college’s library and chairman of Concord College’s Technology Center Committee. He and his wife Sharon reside in Princeton.

For more information on the West Virginia Humanities Council, call 1-304-346-8500 or log on at

For more information on Dr. Stephen Rowe’s fellowship, call Dr. Rowe at 1-304-384-5366 or email


Photo: Stephen Rowe

Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the college’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Jessica Shifflett, an intern in the marketing/public relations department, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Oak Hill, W.Va. She is majoring in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.