The award, which is named after K. Patricia Cross, an emerita professor of higher education at the University of California, Berkeley, recognizes graduate students who show promise as future leaders in higher education. The students’ work develops academic responsibility and also reflects an interest in teaching and learning.

One of only two UofL students to have won the award, Lueck is the only student from a Kentucky university among the 2014 honorees.

“It’s an amazing honor,” said Lueck.  “But my biggest feeling is gratitude. I am deeply grateful for the support I’ve received from mentors like Beth Boehm and Karen Kopelson, both of whom wrote letters in support of me for this award. I am also proud to be the second UofL English student to receive this award, following my peer mentor Shyam Sharma.”

Lueck, whose focus is in rhetoric and composition, is from Chaska, Minn. She earned her undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago and her master’s at University of Pittsburgh. She enrolled at Louisville after being impressed with the English department during a prospective student visit.