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Departmental Orientations on 23 August

image of orientation signThe English Department will hold a number of orientations for both students and faculty this week. The departments events kick off Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9:00 in COBA 255 with Graduate Student Orientation. Breakfast will be available at 9:00, and FYW Instructors will have breakfast available at the same time, though their orientation runs from 10:00- Noon in COBA 255. At noon, all those who reserved a space for lunch earlier will head over to the lobby outside Nedderman 100. Lunch will take place from Noon until 1:00. From 1:00 until 3:00 in Nedderman 100, a required orientation for new instructors in upper-level courses (though everyone is welcome, including FYW instructors who also teach upper-level ENGL classes). At 3:00 in Nedderman 100 will be a workshop on displaying information. There were to be two other workshops starting at 3:00, but only a couple people signed up for those, so we cancelled those for Tuesday, and will plan to run them later in the semester.

Quick News 

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The department conducted two faculty searches this past spring, and the new faculty members will begin their UTA experience this fall. Dr. Cedrick May (Associate Professor) returns to UTA to participate in several new initiatives connected to the Digital Humanities. May brings to UTA expertise in several areas, including African American Literature.  Amy Bernhard (Senior Lecturer) received her MFA from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, and has credentials in creative non-fiction. Her current project involves a creative non-fiction piece about Huntsville, Texas.


kopchick named coordinator of creative writing

Laura Kopchick begins this summer her new role as Coordinator of Creative Writing. She will mentor new faculty members in Creative Writing, and provide direction for the growing offerings in that area, including scheduling.

faculty members present at rSA

Dr. Tim Richardson and Dr. Bruce Krajewski presented papers at the most recent Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Atlanta.

dr. frank speaks  at two international conferences 

Dr. Luanne Frank was in Rio de Janeiro in October at the Third International Ibero-American Conference for the Study of Heidegger. She spoke about "Heidegger's 'Beginnings': Two or Three?" This past February at the annual conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media in Mexico, her presentation was entitled "Heidegger versus the Parmenideans."

English transfer orientation

Dr. Charles Hicks and Bethany Shaffer are planning a special session to help transfer students succeed as English majors. The session will take place on August 24th.

English Department Shines at FacultY Awards Ceremony

On behalf of the everyone at UTA, Dr. Nakia Pope recognized numerous employees of the English Department at the Faculty Awards ceremony in the Rio Grande Ballroom on 28 April: Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Kathryn Warren); Doctoral Student Mentoring Award (Stacy Alaimo); Academic Faculty Advising Award (Bethany Shaffer); McNair Scholars Program Faculty Mentors (James Warren & Barbara Chiarello); Faculty Development Leave (Penelope Ingram).

Existence Certificate Ceremony 

Dr. Roemer's Nonfiction class
Graduating students from Dr. Ken Roemer's advanced autobiographical writing class display their "Certificates of Existence." The primary model for the class is The Way to Rainy Mountain, a cultural/family/personal autobiography by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday, who believes that we do not exist unless we create ourselves in words -- cultural, family, historical, and personal stories. Momaday approved of the wording on the certificates.

Dr. Kathryn Warren Wins Provost's Teaching Award 

photo of Dr. K. WarrenInterim Provost Dr. Linda Johnsrud informed Dr. Kathryn Warren that she is this year's recipient of the Provost's Teaching Award. "This honor is a clear indication of your devoted, enthusiastic and long-standing commitment to students and the teaching mission of the University," wrote Johnsrud.

Winners of UT Arlington’s 2016 teaching honors will be recognized at an event on Thursday, April 28th at 4:00 in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the Hereford University Center.

Winning Hand for English Students with ACES

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The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) took place on March 23, with Mikayla Hixon and Allison Piercy taking home awards.

Mikayla Hixson's essay, "Beauty and the Beast: A Tale Before Its Time" took the Dean's Award. Allison Piercy's research project "Gender and Unity in 'Tintern Abbey'" received the President's Award. All award winners are pictured at left.

McNair Scholars / English Majors

photo of Hedlestonphoto of SalinasTwo McNair Scholars have been working with English faculty these past months. Peter Hedleston's project (Hedleston on right), mentored by Dr. James Warren, is entitled "Sophist(icated) Pragmatism: Towards a Unified Theory of Language and Politics in Rhetorical Studies." Abraham Salinas (pictured on left), mentored by Dr. Barbara Chiarello, worked on "(Mis)Representations of Latino-American Masculinities in La Mission and Junot Diaz's The Brief Life of Oscar Wao."

photo of Cardwellphoto of KentishThe newest English Major / McNair Scholar is Tristen Cardwell (pictured at left). At a recent orientation, another undergraduate English student, Esther Kentish (photo on right), gave a moving speech welcoming new scholars and shared her experiences with the McNair program.

Two Honors for Dr. Estee Beck 

Dr. Estee Beck has been invited to serve a three-year term on a national committee, CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication for the Conference of College Composition and Communication/National Council of the Teachers of English.

graphic of Kairos cover and Estee Beck photoThe second success is her publication of an article in the well-known rhetoric journal Kairos. "I’m particularly delighted and honored by this invited publication, because it arose from networking with scholars in rhetoric & composition who’ve historically written about surveillance, privacy, and net neutrality. The wanted me to deliver a 'town hall' conference presentation at the 2015 Computers & Writing conference in May. The editor of Kairos, who was in attendance, invited all the speakers to publish in the 20th anniversary issue."

Dr. Stacy Alaimo Receives Mentoring Award 

photo of Dr. Alaimo Dr. Stacy Alaimo has been named the recipient of this year’s Office of Graduate Studies Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring Award. The Selection Committee noted Dr. Alaimo's consistent record of excellence in promoting the professional, personal, and academic development of doctoral students at the University of Texas at Arlington.The award will be given to Dr. Alaimo at the Spring Faculty Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled for April 28, 2016.

Dr. Rambsy to Co-direct NEH Summer Seminar

photo of Dr. Kenton Rambsy The National Endowment of the Humanities will provide funding to Dr. Kenton Rambsy for a year-long collaborative project on Digital Humanities and African American literary studies. As part of the project, Dr. Rambsy will serve as co-director of an NEH summer institute on digital pedagogy at Howard University.

In related news, Tim Ciesco from NBC 5 Arlington visited Dr. Rambsy’s class on February 12. The reporter was interested in the course Dr. Rambsy is teaching on Jay Z. The course has been drawing a lot of attention among students on campus as well as social networking, and the news item was aired the evening of February 12. Listen to the KERA story.

Sarah Shelton Awarded Cohen/McMillan Fellowship

photo of Sarah Shelton Sarah Shelton, who has been awarded the inaugural Philip Cohen and Elaina McMillan Graduate Fellowship in English. Sarah is currently the Assistant Director of the First Year Writing Program. Philip Cohen, former Graduate Dean and member of the department, and Elaina McMillan gave the generous fellowship to the department shortly after Cohen's retirement in 2013. The fellowship is a permanent endowment. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.5 and be a full-time graduate who holds an assistantship.

Dr. Alaimo Invited to be Visiting Professor at George Washington

Members of the English Deparptment at George Washington University have invited Dr. Stacy Alaimo to be the Wang Distinguished Professor-in-Residence for 2016-17. The residency consists of several-days stay on campus, interaction with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. In past years, GWU has hosted Michael Bérubé, J. Jack Halberstam, Sara Ahmed, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Simon Gikandi, and José Munoz -- all part of the Visiting Professorship. graphic of George Washington U logo