The department conducted four national searches for tenure-track Assistant Professors this past academic year. The result has been four outstanding hires, two shared with the History Department. The four new members are: Dr. Estee Beck (Technical/Professional Writing and Digital Humanities); Dr. Paul Conrad (Native American Studies - joint appointment with History); Dr. Erin Murrah-Mandril (Latino/a Literature); Dr. Kenton Rambsy (African-American Literature - joint appointment with History).
New PhDs from our Graduate Program in Spring 2015
Dana Brewer Dissertation: "Constructing Mothering Performances: The Motherhood Ideal in Caldecott and Newbery Winners, 1980-2014
Brian S. Carroll Dissertation: "The Fecundity of the Figural: Ethical and Phototextual Di-vision in Postmodern American Fiction"
Johansen Quijano Dissertation: "Demystifying the Structure of Ludic Textuality"
Sarah G. Farrell Dissertation: "Removing the Binaries Between Humanity and Nature: The Female Perception Through Science Fiction Utopias"
Charles E. Hicks Dissertation: "The Performing Mother: Maternal Ethics Beyond Embodiment"
Matthew Womble Dissertation: "Narrations of Ambiguity: Contemporary Challenges to Tradtional Narratology"
October 13, 2014 Writer Jaswinder Bolina read his poetry in Nedderman 100 at 7:00 p.m.
March 24, 2015 "Trueblood" author Charlaine Harris is coming to campus in the spring to read from her work
April 16, 2015 Ben Winters, NY Times bestselling author, will give a talk in 100 Nedderman at 7:00 p.m.
Student Wins Prestigious UT System Award
Samantha Jones is one of three UT System students who has won the annual UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in Creative Writing. Ms. Jones won for excellence in short fiction for her story entitled "Resorts." Ms. Jones will travel to Austin to receive her award at a special ceremony that will include the Presidents of all the system universities. Ms. Jones is a creative writing minor at UTA, and in her statement for the award, she wrote that she wants to write stories "in which characters face situations where they have as much to lose as they do to gain, and the obstacles they must overcome are found not only in the physical world but within themselves."
Dr. Ken Roemer Selected for UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Dr. Roemer has become only one of five instructors in the UT System invited to join the Academy. This honor is not the first teaching award Dr. Roemer has received. “Dr. Roemer has made lasting contributions to The University of Texas at Arlington and to the education of generations of students,” Provost Ron Elsenbaumer said. “It is an honor to see him recognized by The University of Texas System for the depth of his expertise and his ability to inspire students and share his enduring love of learning."
Beta Testing of Departmental Sharepoint Site
The departmental intranet called Sharepoint is accessible only to UTA staff, faculty, and students.
October 13, 2014: Jaswinder Bolina read from his poetry as part of the visiting speakers series.
October 2, 2014: Dr. David Rogers, Director of the School of Writing at Kingston University in London, visited campus to talk about possible joint ventures with the English Department.
April 29th, 2014: Dr. Ken Roemer invited everyone to join him in watching a free screening of Miss Navajo at 7:00 p.m. in Room 108 of University Hall. The most famous Miss Navajo, Sarah Luther, introduced the film.
February 20th, 2014: Former English major Shaun Hamill has been offered a full fellowship for Fall 2014 into the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop. The acceptance rate for the Iowa Writers' Workshop is approximately 2% of all applications.
February 13th, 2014: As part of the Visiting Writers Series for 2013-14, Marilyn Chin came to UTA's campus on 13 February. She performed some of her poetry and tales, and, after her reading, autographed copies of her books for the audience.
February 12th, 2014: Bethany Morian has won the Hall-Kohlfeldt Scholarship from UTA's Southwest Study Center to do archival research on one of the early journals that published works by American Indian authors. She will be traveling to the journal's archive at Brown University.
February 10th, 2014: Graduate student Todd Womble has published "Windswept and Scattered: Place and Identity in Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show"
December 20th, 2013: Professor Ken Roemer has been selected as one of the two UTA nominees for the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
December 18th, 2013: Dr. Desiree Henderson has been selected as a 2014-2015 UT Arlington Faculty Fellow.
November 2nd, 2013: Dr. Kenneth Roemer served as group leader for ENGL 6333 students (and family and friends) for a tour of Whitehawk, the grassroots sustainability intentional community established in the late 1970s outside of Denton, Texas.
September 27th, 2013: Dr. Cedrick May is cited in a Sept. 27 New York Times article entitled "Technology and the College Generation." Here is an excerpt: "He [Dr. May] soon learned that the students did not know he had changed the reading assignment because they did not check their e-mail regularly, if at all. To the students, e-mail was as antiquated as the spellings 'chuse' and 'musick' in the works by Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards that they read on their electronic books. 'Some of them didn’t even seem to know they had a college e-mail account,' Dr. May said. Nor were these wide-eyed freshmen. 'This is considered a junior-level class, so they’d been around,' he said."
September 15th, 2013: The International Association of Environmental Philosophers will meet in October in Eugene, Oregon. Part of the conference in Oregon will be a special session devoted to responses to Dr. Stacy Alaimo's book Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana UP, 2010). Dr. Alaimo will attend the conference and act as a respondent to the session.
If you have any questions about our department, send your inquiries to the departmental Chair, Dr. Bruce Krajewski at firstname.lastname@example.org