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Meagan Solomon Wins Scholarship

Meagan Solomon has been awarded the Judith J. Carrier Women's Alliance Scholarship given by the Women's Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.  Meagan is an English major and Women's & Gender Studies minor.

Learning about "The Greatest Beefs": Students in Dr. Rambsy's Class Publish Web Site

The website was created by the students in Dr. Kenton Rambsy's English 3347-002: "The Greatest Beefs." Throughout this course, the students studied some of the most prominent rap beefs in history including the Malcolm v. MLK beef, the Nicki Minaj v. Lil' kim beef, Tupac v. Biggie beef, and the Jay Z v. Nas beef. 

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Holiday Quick News

 presentATIONS at the 2017 modern language association convention 

Six people from the department will make presentations at the annual convention in Philadelphia in January. Their names appear as they do in chronological order of appearance from the program: Dr. Kenton Rambsy; Dr. Tracey Daniels Lerberg; Stephanie Peebles Tavera; Dr. Erin Murrah-Mandril; Sarah Shelton; Dr. Matthew Lerberg.
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students win writing contest 

The winners in the UT System Little Orange Book 2 writing contest are:

1st Place: John Martin Crowley, "Real-Time Teaching in Three Dimensions" ($100)
2nd Place: Allison Piercy, "Teaching to the Moment" ($50)
Honorable Mention: Lea Arista-Smith "True Education"
Honorable Mention: Michael Camele, "Helping Students Overcome Self-Doubt"

Dr. Kenneth Roemer and Amy Bernhard were the judges for the competition.


photo of medieval manuscriptHappy Holidays! The English Department will be closed at the same time the University is for the holiday break. In addition, please be aware that major construction will take place in the Carlisle ground floor lobby from 26 Dec. until 16 Jan., during which time the elevators will not be available.

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Dr. Amy Tigner's Latest Book out from Duquesne University Press

Dr. Tigner's latest book came out in early summer. Here is a description from the press's catalog: "Eating and drinking — vital to all human beings — were of central importance to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Culinary Shakespeare, the first collection devoted solely to the study of food and drink in Shakespeare’s plays, reframes questions about cuisine, eating, and meals in early modern drama. As a result, Shakespearean scenes that have long been identified as important and influential by scholars can now be considered in terms of another revealing cultural marker — that of culinary dynamics. Culinary Shakespeare seeks to open new interpretive possibilities and will be of interest not only to scholars and students of Shakespeare and the early modern period, but also to those in food studies, food history, ecology, gender and domesticity, and critical theory."

Dr. Stacy Alaimo's New Book

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The University of Minnesota Press has published Dr. Alaimo's latest book entitled Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times. Here is a quotation from the Press about the book: "She puts scientists, activists, artists, writers, and theorists in conversation, revealing that the state of the planet in the twenty-first century has radically transformed ethics, politics, and what it means to be human. Ultimately, Exposed calls for an environmental stance in which, rather than operating from an externalized perspective, we think, feel, and act as the very stuff of the world."

Dr. Kathryn Warren Publishes Article on Thoreau in Vox

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graphic of Vox logoThe September 23 issue of Vox has an article by Dr. Kathryn Warren. In that article, Dr. Warren reflects on Thoreau's point that ambition is a kind of desperation. She is surprised that her students see her as a success when she does not always share that view about herself. The piece works at establishing a contemporary relevance for Thoreau. At the end of the article, Dr. Warren writes, "He [Thoreau] reminded me that though we say 'this is the only way,' 'there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre.'"

Texas Women Writers / Texas Food

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English Participates in Graduate Course "Test Drive"

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Dr. Paul Conrad Joins Team Seeking to Help Native Americans

Dr. Paul Conrad, who holds a joint appointment in English and History, is joining a group of other UTA researchers to help determine the Native American population's needs in north Texas. The team is working with the Urban Inter-tribal Center of Texas. "One thing that a lot of people don't realize is that there's a fairly large American Indian community in Dallas," Conrad said. The UTA team is developing a survey, and has plans for meetings with the Native community's members.

Quick News

image of Banned Books Week posterSeptember 25 through October 1 is the American Library Associations nationwide "Banned Books Week." Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Drs. roemer and matheson read moby dick in fort worth

In mid-September (15-18), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth held a marathon reading of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. Dr. Ken Roemer (below) and Dr. Neill Matheson (lower left) participated in the event.
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Quick News

graphic of travel quotationFaculty members and students in the department travel the world talking about their teaching and research. This space is devoted mainly to reporting recent and upcoming travels. Sometimes the traveling is also about professional development for people's administrative lives. Dr. Kevin Porter (Associate Chair) and Dr. Kathryn Warren (Graduate Coordinator) attended this past summer's ADE Seminar in New York City. 


In late October, Dr. Jackie Fay will be presenting "Wild and Cultivated Plants in Anglo-Saxon England" at the 7th Biennial Conference of European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment.


In March, Dr. Yuejiao Zhang is off to Portland to attend the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference.


Dr. Penny Ingram will present "Bioengineering Race in Science Fiction" at the Popular Culture Association Conference. 

Mulling things over in montana 

Dr. Desiree Henderson is attending the Western Literature Association conference in Montana to present a paper, "Civility and Sociability in the Profane West: Three Nineteenth-Century Texas Women’s Diaries." 


In mid-September, Dr. Tim Morris journeyed to Gdansk, Poland to deliver a paper entitled "Trapped in the Office: Dürrenmatt, Bärlach, and the Commissaire Novel" at the Crime Fiction Here and There Conference.


Dr. Bruce Krajewski spoke about the politics of the Amazon series "The Man in the High Castle" at the FLOW 2016 Conference at UT-Austin. 

Dr. Kenton Rambsy Invited to Present His Work


The University of Maryland at College Park has invited Dr. Rambsy to make a presentation on Nov. 15 at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. He will be a speaker in a series called Digital Dialogues. The topic for the talk is entitled: "'Looking for the Perfect Beat': African American Literary History--Technology and Texture."

     In December, as part of Purdue's 30th Anniversary Symposium on Africana American Culture and Philosophy, Dr. Rambsy will be one of the plenary speakers, along with Dr. Abdul Alkalimat and Dr. Marisa Parham. The symposium is co-funded by the Mellon Foundation.

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Dr. Penelope Ingram Wins COLA Teaching Award

At its recent awards ceremony, COLA's Interim Dean Cawthon recognized the outstanding achievements of Dr. Penny Ingram, whose teaching and mentoring have made an important difference in many students' lives. Undergraduates and graduate students praise her efforts on their behalf.  One of her students said, "Dr. Ingram is amazing. She was the teacher that changed the way I look at a text. She was inspiring, encouraging, and a lot of of fun to watch during a lecture. She was everything you could want to find in a professor." In the materials sent in to support her award, people noted Dr. Ingram's uncanny ability to convey constructive criticism in a way that students find helpful and memorable. 

National Read a Book Day - Sept. 6

It's National Read a Book Day. A recent survey found that print books are still more popular than digital books among Americans. The survey also found that 65 percent of Americans have read a print book in the last year.

Departmental Orientations on 23 August


The 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

On May 13, UTA awarded degrees to the following English graduate students: Tracey-Lynn Daniels Lerberg (PhD); Jeffrey King (PhD); Robert LaRue (PhD); Julie McCown (PhD); Leslie Cook (MA); Annie Jones Culver (MA); Jordan Ivie (MA); Adam Knorr (MA); Thomas Szymankiewicz (MA); Leslie Wade (MA).

See the list of undergraduates in English who received their BA degrees at the May ceremony.

Richardson Receives Faculty Senate Travel Award

The Faculty Senate Travel Award Committee announced that Dr. Tim Richardson has been awarded a $500 travel grant.

Dallas Observer Leads with Wayne Gay's Review

Dr. Wayne Gay wrote the lead article for the 16 April edition of the Dallas Observer. The piece is a review of Dallas Opera's production of Show Boat.

Student to pursue Masters degree at U of Edinburgh 

Trevor Beers has been accepted into an intensive one-year masters programme in which he will delve into the structure of the English language’s phonology, syntax and semantics, and the language's modern and historical development. This program in the Linguistics department at the University of Edinburgh is ranked third in the world.

Writing Center's new Office Assistant

Kelly Warren has been selected as the full-time Office Assistant for the Writing Center, and she will begin working in the Writing Center on 2 May.

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


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.

Benefits of Growing Up with Books

The Quartz Reports provide a bit of empirical evidence about the lasting benefits of keeping stacks of books lying around, at least in childhood — kids who grow up around books end up being more successful. In a study of nine European countries, a team of economists from Italy found that boys who had access to non-school-related books grew up to make 9 percent more, on average, than boys who did not have many non-textbooks around.

Dr. Alaimo Invited to be Visiting Professor at George Washington


Members of the English Department 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.

Bethany Shaffer Wins Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year

UTA English Advisor and Lecturer Bethany Shaffer was recognized as UTA's 2016 Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year. Shaffer was one of 173 advisors nominated for the award by students. She has served as an Advisor for English since 2001. English Advisor Dr. Charles Hicks had only praise for Shaffer, citing her “genuine” interest in students achieving their goals. In an interview with Shafer courtesy of UTA's College of Liberal Arts, Shaffer described her students as "multi-dimensional, amazing people who somehow balance school, work, and family." She also observed that"[every student] is a unique individual with their own set of beliefs, values, and experiences. This means that no two advising sessions are ever exactly the same."

English Majors Recognized at 2016 UTA acCOLAdes Ceremony

UTA's College of Liberal Arts held its annual acCOLAdes awards event on April 14,2016. Assistant Dean Eric Bolsterli recognized the following Department of English students for outstanding accomplishments during 2015-16: Mikayla Hixon (ACES winner & COLA Scholar); Esther Kentish (COLA Scholar); Hope McCarthy (COLA Scholar); Allison Piercy (ACES winner & COLA Scholar); Stephanie Peebles Tavera (Graduate Research Travel Award & COLA Scholar); Abraham Salinas (COLA Scholar); Sarah Shelton (COLA Scholar); and Meagan Solomon (Junior Woman's Club of Fort Worth Endowed Scholarship).

UTA EGSA Hosts Two - Day Conference Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Theresa Towner


On April 7-8, 2016, the English Graduate Studies Association at UTA presented the Fourth Annual Graduate Conference entitled “Bodies at Work: Reimagining the Lines of (Re)Production.” The theme addressed how "a conflict [exists] between the linguistic representations of bodies and their work and the material manifestations of bodies and their work." The conference featured a keynote from Dr. Theresa Towner (UT Dallas) and thirty-two presenters both from the U.S. and abroad.

UTA’s 21 st Annual Powwow Honors Dr. Rodney Stapp’s Life and Contributions

The UTA Native American Student Association (NASA) held their 21st Annual Powwow on February 17, 2016 with the help of their faculty advisor, the English Department's Dr. Kenneth Roemer. The Powwow was a full day event that took place in the University Center’s Bluebonnet Ballroom. Dozens of people attended the event, which celebrated the life and accomplishments of the recently deceased Dr. Rodney Stapp. Dr. Stapp was a podiatrist and CEO of the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas, a medical center in Dallas that attends to the primarily American Indian population in DFW. Events at the Powwow included a film festival, traditional dance and drum performances, a ceremony to honor veterans, and the sale of traditional American Indian food and jewelry. The proceeds benefitted the NASA’s Scholarship Fund.

Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative Awards Grants to Drs. Fay and Beck


Dean Paul Wong announced on 13 January the awarding of 11 grants totaling $100,068 in funding for his Digital Arts and Humanities' Initiative. Two faculty members from English will receive money from those grants. Dr. Jacqueline Fay will be working on a project entitled "Changes in Vernacular Perspectives on Health: Medieval to Modern Texts Highlighting Food and Health." Dr. Fay will be working with Laurel Stvan (Linguistics) and Sridhar Nerur (College of Business). COLA will also fund Dr. Estee Beck's proposal entitled "Pilot Intervention Study on Digital Consent in an Age of Corporate and Government Surveillance."

Five UTA English Faculty Present at 2016 MLA Convention

Five faculty members of the Department of English presented at the 2016 MLA Convention held at Austin Convention Center from January 7-10, 2016. The convention’s presidential theme was the public face of texts and common culture, with the intent to “push back with vigorous, imaginative affirmations of the value (rather than merely the cost) of having a literate public.”

Dr. Stacy Alaimo presided over the "Energy, Matter, Force" session and spoke in the "Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water" session. Dr. Tracey- Lynn Clough presented “No Longer Silent in ‘a white man’s world’: Documenting the Legacy of the Indian Adoption Project in Lost Sparrow and Reclaiming Our Children.” Dr. Desirée Henderson presented “Temporality, Female Authorship, and the Nineteenth -Century Serialized Diary Novel.” Dr. Bruce Krajewski presented “Little Did He Know: Cavell Absorbed by Nietzschean Esotericism.” Dr. Ken Roemer presented “Coyote’s Breeds: Roxy Gordon’s Mixed- Media Indi’ns.”