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About Charlie Sweet

Sweet joined the EKU English faculty in 1970, intending to stay only about five years. “Nobody stays in the same job for 36 years if they don’t love their job,” Sweet said. “The one thing that always stands out is at the graduation ceremonies when the president asks all the first generation college kids to stand. I came out of that idealistic ’60s generation that felt it could really make a difference.” And make an impact he has – not only on the lives of his students but also on his EKU colleagues and his profession.
“Simply put, Dr. Sweet is a students’ teacher,” said Marlowe Moore, a graduate student in English/creative writing. “What adds to Dr. Sweet’s uniqueness … is his constant challenge to himself and to his students to strive for personal and professional growth. “He truly likes to see his students succeed, and he consistently works to that end – much to the benefit of the English Department and the entire university.”
Sweet’s publications “run the gamut from the creative to the critical, from the theoretical to precise analysis of particular works,” said his EKU colleague and long-time mystery writing partner, Dr. Hal Blythe, an Acorn Award recipient in 1996.Under Sweet’s leadership, EKU has launched a low-residency Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.


Present Foundation Professor of English, Eastern Kentucky University
Present Teaching and Learning Center, Co-Director, Eastern Kentucky University

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Honors and Awards

  • 2005 Acorn Award for Excellence in Teaching

Books (11)

Articles (69)