English professor Nora Bacon is retiring this spring, after more than 20 years at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). The UNO community is invited to an open house retirement celebration on Wednesday, April 26, from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. in the MBSC Dodge Room.
Serving as the Writing Program Administrator from 2000-2014, Bacon has been instrumental in strengthening writing across UNO. She led the English Department’s first-year writing program through a period of growth and increasing professionalism, and she has supported faculty across campus through such initiatives as the annual Writing Across the Curriculum seminar and Camp Completion. She collaborated on Difficult Dialogues with colleagues from the School of Communication, including Shereen Bingham, Hollis Glaser, and Cynthia Robinson.
Her research, begun at UC Berkeley in the 1990s where she earned her Ph.D., has examined service-learning pedagogy, the development of "writing agility," and the relationship between texts and the contexts in which they are written and read. She was founding editor of Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy, and served as a reviewer for several professional journals, professional conferences, and books published in her field. Her current research focuses on academic styles and sentence pedagogies. Bacon is the author of The Well-Crafted Sentence: A Writer's Guide to Style and numerous articles on service learning and style.
In addition to leading UNO’s Writing Program, in 1999, in partnership with Marilyn Leach, she launched the UNO Service-Learning Academy. Bacon directed the UNO Writing Center from 2010-13. She served three terms on the Faculty Senate and AAUP Bargaining Team. She was awarded UNO’s Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award in 2001 and 2004, and the Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.