February 2017 Announcements


  • Dr. Maureen Eke has been nominated by the Provost for the 2017 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. 

  • Dr. Jeffrey Weinstock’s 2016 co-edited collection, The Age of Lovecraft, has won the 2016 Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association.

  • Dr. Daniel Patterson’s John James Audubon's Journal of 1826: The Voyage to the Birds of America is being reissued this month in paperback by the University of Nebraska Press.

  • Dr. Mark Freed has received the FRCE Premier Display grant for a presentation in California titled, “Narrating an Unezahlbare Vergangenheit:  The Romantic Epistemology of Der Mann ohne Eignschaften”.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Brockman’s project titled “2017-2018 SEED CRWP Professional Development in a High-Need School Grant” has received a one and a half year contract from the National Writing Project/USDE.

  • Dr. Nicole McCleese's panel has been accepted for the American Literature Association 2017 conference in Boston. The panel, “Visualizing BDSM,” seeks to analyze the visual aesthetics and politics of BDSM in American literature from African American street lit of the 1950s, to the Barnard Sex Conference Diary of the 1980s, and new media and gaming.

  • Lecturer, William Blond II has been accepted to present the Assembly for Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG) 2017 conference.


  • Zachary Riddle, MAELL:CW student, and graduate assistant in the Writing Center, has had a chapbook of poetry accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.

January 2017 Announcements


  • Dr. William Brevda has recently published "Specters of Joad."  Steinbeck Review 13.2 (2016): 196-209. 

  • Dr. Tracy Collins presented her paper "Shaw and South Africa" at the annual MLA Conference in Philadelphia in early January.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Weinstock is pleased to report the publication of "Lovecraft Today," the special issue of The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts that he co-edited with Carl Sederholm of Brigham Young University.

  • Creative writing faculty, Robert Fanning's, third full-length collection of poetry, "Our Sudden Museum," will be published by Salmon Poetry in Ireland and launched in Washington DC the first week of February at the Associated Writing Program Conference.
  • Dr. Danny Patterson and Dr. Susan Griffith have announced their retirements in effect at the end of this academic year. 


  • MA in Composition and Communication candidate, and current graduate assistant, Rebecca Conklin, has been accepted to Michigan State University's doctoral program in Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures.

December 2016 Announcements


  • Dr. Carlin Borsheim-Black presented her research, "Blindspots: Pedagogical Moves that Undermine Racial Literacy Instruction in Secondary Literature Study" at the Literacy Research Association Conference in Nashville, TN.

    Dr. Borsheim-Black also presented her research, "'These Readers Don't Fit the Typical Mold': English Teacher Candidates' Conferences with Adolescents about Reading," at the National Council of the Teachers of English Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Weinstock's book chapter, "The New Weird," has been published in Ken Gelder's collection, New Directions in Popular Fiction: Genre, Distribution, Reception (Palgrave 2016), and he has accepted the invitation to deliver a keynote address in May at the International Vampire Film and Art Festival in Transylvania Romania

  • Dr. Kristin Sovis gave two presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA on November 18 and 19 entitled, "Mentoring New Teachers and Maintaining Momentum" and "Bringing Back the Joy: Advocating for Student-Centered, Purposeful, and Motivating Assignments and Assessments."  


  • Four CMU English Education students, along with their advisor Carlin Borsheim-Black, presented their original research at the National Council of the Teachers of English Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA: Tod Carnish, Salina Bosworth, Kristyn Turner, and Haley Gembarowski.

  • Rebecca Conklin, M.A. Candidate in Composition and Communication, had a rhetorical criticism paper accepted to the Central States Communication Association conference, which will be held in Minneapolis in mid-March 2017

    The paper, entitled "(Dis)identification, Efficacious Enactment, and Hybridized Forms in Adichie's 'We Should All Be Feminists'" was selected as one of the top four papers in the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism category overall; it was also selected at the top student debut paper in the same category.

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