amattison on January 29th, 2018

Tana M. Schiewer, alumnus of the MA program in English Literature, recently graduated from Virginia Tech with a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing. Her dissertation, titled “The Nonprofit Mission Statement as Genre: Speech Acts, Social Facts, and Ecologies” focuses on communication in nonprofit organizations. Currently, Tana is CEO/President of Schiewer Consulting, LLC, where she continues […]

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amattison on July 1st, 2017

Poet 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) […]

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amattison on July 1st, 2017

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.

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amattison on May 6th, 2017

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amattison on March 8th, 2017

The English Department was delighted to welcome four of our distinguished alumni back to UT for a workshop and discussion with current undergraduate and MA students about their own career experiences and what they have learned about career paths and choices for English majors. Since the department also hosts annual workshops to discuss academic careers […]

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amattison on March 8th, 2017

Stephanie Opfer, who earned her MA in Literature from UT in 2010, has recently accepted a job offer at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. Beginning this summer, she will be an Assistant Professor and Chair of their Graduate Humanities program. Stephanie will be graduating from Northern Illinois University in May with a PhD in Medieval […]

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English Department alumna Sean Shannon (BA in Creative Writing, 2004; MA in English Literature, 2006) has just released her first novel, The Prostitutes of Lake Wiishkoban, on Kindle. The novel, about a small-town Minnesota library that doubles as a clandestine high-class brothel, was previously shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and a quarterfinalist for […]

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amattison on December 13th, 2016

Dr. Melissa Gregory, associate professor of English, has been named the first UT Presidential Faculty Fellow. Commenting on her selection for UT News, President Gaber commented that “It’s clear” that Dr. Gregory “is on the path to become an academic leader”; Provost Hsu said, “It will be an honor to help her prepare to become […]

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Deborah officially launched her new book Chasing Immortality in World Religions with a reading at the Canaday Center, fifth floor in Carlson Library on Thursday, 22 September, 2016, at 3:30 pm. She also gave a reading and signed books at the UT Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Main Campus on Friday, 14 October at 5 […]

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Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris’ new book, Chasing Immortality in World Religions, was published on 3 August, 2016, by McFarland Publishers, Inc. The book is available at,, Barnes and Noble, and hundreds of booksellers and sites worldwide: “Humans have been chasing immortality since the beginning of history, seeking answers to sickness and aging, death and […]

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