Steven T. Bickmore often finds that the first thing his English students at West Jordan High School ask when assigned a novel is, "How long is it?"

From that question Bickmore decided to study Charles Dickens in the original serialized format."The more involved I get with reading serially, the more I realize its potential as a mode for teaching long novels," Bickmore told the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His idea to study six novels of four Victorian authors in the original serial form lead to Bickmore being named Utah's 1989 Teacher-Scholar of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Reader's Digest. The announcement was made in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

NEH selected 53 teachers to undertake an academic year of independent study.