ROGERS, MN, March 01, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Thomas Frederick Matchie with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Matchie celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
A commemorated educator who taught for more than 40 years, Dr. Matchie retired from North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, where he was bestowed with the distinguished title of a professor emeritus in 2004. Hired in 1973 as a temporary assistant professor, he taught several courses, including 20th Century British Literature. Exceling in his role, Dr. Matchie enjoyed challenging the minds of his students on campus so much that his short-term position ended up spanning more than three decades, during which time he was promoted to become a full-professor during the late 1980s. Prior to accepting his role at NDSU, Dr. Matchie briefly taught humanities at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo in 1969. He also taught English literature at Stanley High School in Fargo from 1962 to 1967, shortly after being ordained as a priest.
Prior to accepting his role at NDSU, and shortly after being ordained a priest, Dr. Matchie briefly taught humanities at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo during 1969. He also taught English literature at Shanley High School from 1962-67. More than this, he was also able to work in a course on God in the Modern Novel at the then School of Religion at NDSU.
Once at SU, always interested in a variety of topics, Dr. Matchie specialized in teaching American, but including modern Canadian literature, as with prolific novelist Alice Munro. In the process he devoted an extensive amount of time developing courses on regional writers, never excluding Native Americans, such as multi-talented Louise Erdrich. Fascinated by midwestern literature and related topics, his passion continuously spilled over into the classroom. While teaching Dr. Matchie also became an expert on such writers as Tom McGrath and Lois Hudson. He began traveling to regional libraries throughout the state to talk about midwestern literature and often presented at professional conferences. As a result of his research, he published numerous scholarly and critical articles on midwestern and multicultural writers. He also utilized his work to establish Great Books of the Great Plains, which was a program that allowed books to be discussed at libraries throughout North Dakota.
During the early stages of his career, Dr. Matchie became active in politics. Representing District 45 in the North Dakota Legislature between 1976 and 1986, he served as an elected official in both the state House of Representatives and Senate. Lobbying on various issues, he took a special interest on issues regarding NDSU students and faculty. A Vatican II Christian, Dr. Matchie spent much of the 1960s in the Catholic priesthood.
Dr. Matchie was born in Fargo and later graduated from Saint John's Academy in Jamestown, North Dakota. After graduating from high school, he received a Bachelor of Art in English, biology and philosophy at Saint John's University in 1957. He later returned to college, completing a Master of Art in English at Moorhead State University in 1967 and a Doctor of Philosophy in English at the University of Wisconsin in 1973. Supporting his academic career, Dr. Matchie has been a member of the American Association of University Professors, as well as the Modern Language Association. Moreover, he has been a member of the Linguistic Circuit of North Dakota and Manitoba.
Recognized for his professional achievements, Dr. Matchie was named among the 10 Best Legislators in the Nation by the Public Employees Association during the 1980s. He received the Victor J. Emmett Award for Best Essay of the Year in Western Literature by the University of Utah in 1992, which was published in Midwestern Quarterly. He also received an Outstanding Research and Creativity Award from the college of humanities and social services at NDSU in 1998 and a Distinguished Educator Award from the university's alumni board in 1999. Additionally, Dr. Matchie was nominated to present the Faculty Lectureship at NDSU in 2004.
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