Humanities Research Fellowship, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Spring 2006
Sabbatical, University of Kansas, Fall 2005
University of Kansas, General Research Funds, summers 2000, 2001, and 2002
Scholar-in-Residence, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, KS, February 17–19, 1999
Faculty Improvement Leave, Miami University, Fall 1997.
Alumni Fellows Program, Washburn University, October 22-24, 1994.
Alumni of Notable Achievement, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, selected June 1994.
Langston Hughes Visiting Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas, Spring Semester 1994.
Visiting Scholar in English and in Ethnic Minority Studies, Kansas State University, 15-19 March 1993.
NEH Summer Stipend, awarded March 1993.
Miami University, Grant for Research Graduate Assistant, for 1993-1994.
NEH Travel to Collections Grant, awarded December 1992.
Miami University, Assigned Research Appointment, Fall 1990.
Miami University, Summer Research Appointment, 1988.
NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1985-1986.
NEH Summer Stipend, 1985 (refused).
NEH Travel to Collections Fellowship, awarded December 1983.
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Fall 1982.
University of Kentucky Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 1981, 1982, and 1983.
National Fellowships Fund Award, 1978-1981 (for dissertation work).
Jessamine Allen Dissertation Fund Award, University of Minnesota, Fall 1980.
Putnam Dana McMillan Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Summer 1979.
American Lutheran Church Future Faculty Fellowship, 1975-1977