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Former UTSA Associate Professor Jan Tillery dies Sept. 2 in Alabama

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Guy Bailey and Jan Tillery

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(Sept. 6, 2013) -- Jan Tillery, 63, a former UTSA associate professor and wife of former UTSA Provost Guy Bailey, died Sept. 2 in Birmingham, Ala., after a lengthy illness. Tillery was a UTSA associate professor of communication from 1997 to 2005. Guy Bailey was the UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs from 1998 to 2005.

Tillery was born in Slaton, Texas, on July 7, 1950, to the late Tim and Mary Tillery, two educators who inspired in her a love of learning and a deep appreciation for the importance of education.

She received her bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University, a master's from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. A beloved and inspiring teacher, she taught at a number of universities as a faculty member for 20 years, retiring in 2008 as a full professor from the University of Missouri, Kansas City because of health problems.

Tillery authored more than 70 papers and presentations, and her research was featured in a front-page article in the New York Times in November 2003. Tillery and Bailey collaborated on linguistics research, particularly language variation and change with emphasis on the English of Texas and the American South.

A memorial service will be in Lubbock, Texas, at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9 in the Hance Chapel at Texas Tech University. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tillery Family Athletic Scholarship Endowment at Texas Tech University. Checks should be payable to the Texas Tech Foundation.

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>> Read more about Jan Tillery in stories from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tuscaloosa News (Alabama) and AL.com website.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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