amattison on August 23rd, 2017

WolfslayerRyan_PhotoRyan Wolfslayer, alumnus of the MA program in English Literature, completed a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been hired as a Metadata Librarian at Iowa State University. Congratulations to Ryan on both accomplishments.

amattison on August 23rd, 2017

Three graduate students in English — Charity Anderson ((“Don’t Hold Your Tongue: Overcoming the monolinguial bias in American Schools”), Cristopher Kapela (“Problems with cL2 and aL2 research,” a critical review of past research comparing child vs. adult second language learning), and Inmaculada Zanoguera (“Neuroscience in Linguistics: Rethinking the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis”) — presented papers at the 2017 conference of the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States. Cris and Inma presented in person at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, July 31 – August 3. Charity presented from Toledo via videolink. As a side note: Cris and Inma are two of our last students in the Master of Arts — English Concentration in English as a Second Language, which is closing down due to a lack of faculty replacements over the years.

amattison on August 23rd, 2017

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As outgoing President (and now Past President) of the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS), Prof. Douglas W. Coleman gave the Presidential Address at its 44th annual conference, which was held in Hamilton, Ontario, July 31 – August 3. He spoke at the LACUS XLIV Presidential Banquet on “Physical-Domain Linguistic Analogues of Complementary Distribution and Contrast.” In his presentation, he argued that linguistics should move away from an abstract notion of intuited language data to more scientific criteria of observations of people communicating in the real world.
amattison on July 1st, 2017

Tavel signingPoet Adam Tavel has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award. Judge Erica Dawson selected Adam’s book Catafalque for the award and publication by the University of Evansville Press. Adam earned his MA in Literature from UT in 2005, and is the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, 2017) and Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), winner of the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry. He is the reviews editor for Plume and a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College.

amattison on July 1st, 2017

Zach GasiorZach Gasior has been accepted to the PhD program in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, with a teaching assistantship, at Iowa State University. Zach graduated from UT in 2015 with his MA in English Literature and a Certificate in Teaching College Writing. After leaving UT, he held a full-time position with Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana, teaching Developmental English, Freshman Composition, and Intro to Paralegal Studies.

amattison on July 1st, 2017

Russ in China

Dr. Russell Reising (with banner above) recently returned from a trip to Qilu University of Technology in Jinan, Shandong, China. Dr. Reising taught at Qilu for two weeks and gave four additional presentations.
amattison on May 6th, 2017

Jessie at Award Ceremony

The College of Arts and Letters held its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2017 in Doermann Theater. English major Jessica Aberl (above, fourth from left) was honored as the English Department’s Outstanding Student for the Class of 2017 and winner of the Dean’s Essay Prize for Long Prose Essay. Other English majors honored were Philip Zaborowski, winner of the Dean’s Essay Prize for Short Prose Essay, and Zainab Hussein, winner of the Dean’s Essay Prize for Creative Writing.
amattison on April 26th, 2017
ENGL 4520: Victorian Literature meets outside to discuss The Importance of Being Earnest on the last day of classes.

ENGL 4520: Victorian Literature meets outside to discuss The Importance of Being Earnest on the last day of classes.

Sara Lundquist, English Department Chair, and Sara YaklinThe English Department Congratulates Sara Yaklin (at right, with Department Chair Sara Lundquist), Senior Lecturer in the Composition Program, for her nomination as a finalist for the University’s first Distinguished University Lecturership. The Department celebrated her accomplishment in the Department Office prior to the university-wide celebration in Doermann Theater on April 20, 2017.

amattison on April 23rd, 2017

InmaculadaInmaculada Zanoguera, a student in the MA program in English as a Second Language, has been awarded the 2017 Helen M. Fields Memorial Award. The Fields Award recognizes a graduate student who achieves an outstanding academic record in English or Education. The award carries a prize of $2,500. Inma will be recognized at the Graduate Council meeting on May 2, 2017.