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Department of English

Spotlight on English Department Faculty

“The Current”  5/1/2015

Scholarship & Creative Activity

Kristin Arola was one of twelve invited speakers at the first inaugural Indiana Digital Rhetoric Symposium, held at the University of Indiana on April 9-11. She gave the talk, “Ayaangwaamizin: Digital Texts, Cultural Rhetoric, and an Ethic of Care.”  She also presented the paper, "Slow Composition: An Indigenous Approach to Making” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. More accurately, she presented a video and talked via Skype from her basement. You’re welcome to spy her video on critical indigenous making .

Kim Burwick will be on a panel and giving a reading at the North American Review Conference in Iowa this summer. 

Todd Butler’s essay “The Cognitive Politics of Writing in Jacobean England: Bacon, Coke, and the Case of Edmund Peacham” appears in the current issue of Huntington Library Quarterly (78.1). Butler also co-led a seminar on “Early Modern Prose” at the recent 2015 Shakespeare Association of America meeting.

Peter Chilson received the 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in International Teaching, Research, Creative Activities and/or Service award.

Lori Beth De Hertogh's article, "Reinscribing a New Normal: Pregnancy, Disability, and Health 2.0 in the Online Natural Birthing Community, Birth Without Fear," recently appeared in the journal Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology.? She presented “Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Digital Writing Workshops” at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida. Also, she contributed a classroom assignment called "Crafting Personal Ethnographies"? to the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Pedagogy Project.

Patty Ericsson has received the 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award.

Dene Grigar (CMDC, Vancouver) has been invited to give a panel presentation entitled “New Collecting — Curating after New Media” at the International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2015 to be held in Vancouver, B.C. in August.  This panel generates from the immersive course in curating Grigar took in London with international curator Beryl Graham in February 2015. Grigar will also curate an exhibit of electronic literature and media art at ISEA called “New Text.” Grigar was also invited to the 2015 Scholarly Communication Institute to be held at Duke University in October 2015.  The panel on which she is participating is entitled “Author, Student, Programmer, Peer:  Valuing Heterogeneous Teams in Networked Knowledge Production.”

Tomie Gowdy-Burke joined many of her colleagues on March 30, 2015 to judge students' research posters at SURCA 2015. She and April Strawn presented "Cross-Cultural and Re-appropriated: Using Fairy and Folk Tales in the (University) ELL Classroom" at the Palouse Language and Culture Symposium on April 11, 2015.

Leeann Hunter presented a paper on “’A Selfish Desire to Stand Apart from the Many’: Conduct Manuals, Professional Identity, and Dinah Craik’s Olive” at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference (INCS) in Atlanta. 

Debbie Lee’s essay “Dale Flynn’s Blood” is published in the current issue of Broad Street Magazine. The magazine also nominated her essay for a Pushcart Prize. Lee is one of four people reading at the Flight of Writers on May 2 in conjunction with the University of Idaho’s literary journal Fugue.

Kirk McAuley has been awarded a 2015 – 2016 Fulbright Research Grant at the National Library of Scotland to continue working on his second book manuscript, Invasive Species: The Economy and Ecology of British Empire Writing. His research will focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish literature composed in the Caribbean, Africa, India, and the south Pacific. He also presented a paper titled “‘Making a Home in Nature’: The Evolution of Robinson Crusoe’s Ecological Consciousness” at the 2015 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Los Angeles, March 19 – 22, 2015. Kirk also had two paper proposals accepted for presentation at ASLE (the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) in June 2015 at the University of Idaho, and at the 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, July 27 – 31, 2015.

In April, Linda Russo launched her second book of poetry Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way(Shearsman Books), with a reading at BookPeople of Moscow and a panel presentation at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Minneapolis (“Poetry of the Plains, High Desert, and Prairie”). A poem from this collection is included in the just-released anthology Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press). In addition to poems that appeared in the Australia-based Journal of Poetics Research, poems are forthcoming in Eratio Poetry Journal and Leaf Litter #5, an environmental writing and arts journal. Beginning in May, she will be a guest commenter on Jacket2, the University of Pennsylvania’s online journal of contemporary poetry and poetics; her commentary, will look at the turn toward emplaced writing in contemporary ecopoetics.

Carol Siegel presented a paper, "Between Jews: The Coen Brothers' Double Address in "Inside Llewyn Davis," from her project on Jewish double consciousness and double address in cinematic representation of Jews, at the Society for Cinema Studies International Conference (March 25-29) in Montreal and a revised version of the paper at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in New Orleans April 1-4.

Roger Whitson’s essay “Critical Making in the Digital Humanities” was published in Introducing Criticism in the Twenty-First Century. Second Edition, ed. Julian Wolfreys, on 1 April 2015 (Edinburgh University Press). He also participated in a roundtable on “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Narrative” at the University of Idaho’s Graduate English Conference on 28 March 2015. Roger chaired the “Critical Making in Digital Humanities” webinar series through Washington State University’s Blackboard Learn portal from 12 March to 9 April 2015. The series explored scholarly intersections of critical theory and digital humanities making methodologies. Presenters included Kari Kraus, Lori Emerson, Jentery Sayers, Garnet Hertz, Amaranth Borsuk, and Matt Ratto. The series was sponsored by his New Faculty Seed Grant. Finally, he presented “Computational Victorian History: Gibson and Sterling’s The Difference Engine as Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanities” at the 2015 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference in Atlanta, GA on 18 April 2015. 

Elijah Coleman, Ti Macklin, Anna Plemons, Tomie Gowdy-Burke, Amber LaPiana and Katie Ericsson successfully completed the WSU Global Campus certificate course for Excellence in Teaching Online. In addition to completing the certificate course, this cohort met online each week to discuss their training and presented on teaching online during PDC on March 25th.

Elizabeth Francese, Edie-Marie Roper, and Alex Way presented papers for the panel, “Language and Power in First-Year Composition: Translating Sociolinguistics, Subjectivity, and Critical Consciousness” at the Tenth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing in Storrs, Connecticut on March 27th, 2015.  

New, Recent, and Forthcoming Faculty and Staff Publications


Jana Argersinger


Robert Eddy and
Victor Villanueva


William M. Hamlin


Louis Kirk McAuley


Donna L. Potts


Kristin L. Arola










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