IU Southeast Magazine - Summer 2014 - page 19

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Heaney’s “A Postcard from North
Antrim,” said Wallace, “conveys the
smells, tastes and feel of the country.”
His favorite lines:
And Old Bushmills,
Soda farls, strong tea,
New rope, rock salt, kale plants
Potato-bread and Woodbine
Wind through the concrete vents
Of a border check-point.
Cold zinc nailed for a peace line.
“It’s all Northern Ireland,” he said.
Woodbine was a brand of strong
cigarettes “that you smoked as a kid to
be like the movie stars.”
Wallace met his wife, Susan, when they
were both teaching in Louisiana; their
son, Reed, and his wife, Jill, have two
sons, Noah and Zachary Raymond.
These days, instead of running, Wallace
walks four to six miles a day, enjoys the
company of Seamus, his dog, and plays
an occasional round of golf.
‘I came up through the ranks’
As a university administrator, Wallace
has worked on fund-raising, faculty
hiring, student outreach, course
redesign, grant writing -- a wide range
of academic and community issues.
He has written five books on the
teaching of English and writing,
Teaching, Research, and
Service in the Twenty-First Century
English Department: A Delicate
, in 2004.
He is proud of his accomplishments,
especially a Fulbright-Hays
Professional and Curriculum
Development Award for work he did
in South Africa and his membership
in the class of 2006 at the Institute
for Management and Leadership at
Harvard University.
He enjoyed teaching at the university-
level, he said, but came to realize that
he could have “greater impact” and
help more students by becoming part of
the administration, even though there
are those who, he said with a smile, see
it as “the dark side” of academic life.
“I came up through the ranks,” he said,
Chancellor Wallace with Kathy Ernstberger, School of Business.
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