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 for Spring 2015 from our Graduate Program
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"
September 21, 2015 Philosopher Niall Keane will participate in an event about phenomenology. The event is co-sponsored by Philosophy & Humanities.
February 2016 As part of the department's relationship with the University of Kingston in London, French philosopher Catherine Malabou will visit in February to discuss literature and neuroscience.
September 21, 2015 Philosopher James Reid will present a talk about Heidegger as part of a co-sponsored event with Philosophy & Humanities.
Assistant Professor Receives Teaching Award
A departmental committee awarded Dr. Yuejiao Zhang the 2014-2015 Faculty Impact Award. This annual interdepartmental award acknowledges a faculty member (or members) who has made a particular impact in the areas of teaching or service. Dr. Zhang learned about the award at the end of the spring semester. Currently, she is serving as a consultant for a joint project English has with the College of Engineering that involves a special course for freshmen Engineering majors. In that course, English instructors will be helping the students learn about writing.
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."
New Appointments in the Department
Ms. Yael Sasley is the new Senior Office Assistant.
Dr. Justin Lerberg is the new Interim Director of the First Year Writing Program, succeeding Dr. Peggy Kulesz in that position.
Dr. Charles Hicks has been hired as Undergraduate Advisor.
Dr. Kathryn Warren is the new Graduate Coordinator.
If you have any questions about our department, send your inquiries to the departmental Chair, Dr. Bruce Krajewski at firstname.lastname@example.org