Get to Know Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black

SMCM Professor of English and 2020 Recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

"Never underestimate what your students can achieve, but as you hold the bar high for them, do everything in your power to help them reach it."

Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black is the 2020 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black was named Baylor University's 2020 Recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. This is a prestigious award received by one educator in the entirety of the English-speaking world, recognizing their ability to touch the lives of their students. Cognard-Black is a professor of English at St. Mary's College and is beloved by all who have had the opportunity to know her and work with her. She was teaching at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands on her second Fulbright scholarship until the program brought all of its members home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She will spend the Fall 2020 semester teaching at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she will teach both sophomore-level as well as senior-level undergraduate students in addition to helping to advise senior projects and master’s theses.

"Never underestimate what your students can achieve, but as you hold the bar high for them, do everything in your power to help them reach it."