September 2017 Announcements

Student Achievements

  • Matt Homrich-Knieling, graduate of CMU's English Education program, teaches at Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School in Detroit, and he has just published an outstanding piece in an outstanding publication, Teaching Tolerance. This most recent publication is just one example of Matt's commitment and accomplishments as an English educator and activist for students, teachers, and equity in education. Congratulations, Matt!

Summer 2017 Announcements

  • The Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar Conference was held at CMU on August 11th and 12th. MA TESOL student Sarah Case, MAELL and Graduate Assistant Suzette Bristol, and the following English department faculty members were presenters: April Burke, Bill Blond, Amy Carpenter Ford, Mary Wendt, William Spruiell, and Cathy Hicks Kennard.

  • Jeffrey Weinstock had two book chapters published this summer: his essay "'Tekeli-li!': Poe, Lovecraft, and the Suspicion of Sameness" was published in The Lovecraftian Poe: Essays on Influence, Reception, Interpretation, and Transformation, edited by Sean Moreland; and his essay "Blasphemous Knowledge" came out in Wissen in der Fantastik: Vom Suchen, Verstehen und Teilien, edited by Meike Uhrig, Vera Cuntz-Leng, and Luzie Kollinger.  In May, he also gave a keynote address at the International Vampire Film & Arts Festival in Sighisoara, Romania. 

  • Robert Fanning's third full collection of poems, Our Sudden Museum, was published in April by Salmon Poetry in Ireland. This summer he traveled to do many public readings from the collection. Also, he was invited to be the Poetry Editor for Stand Magazine.

  • MAELL student, and Graduate Assistant, Suzanne Brown's essay, "Composing Women:Writing Female Identity, and Frontier Life in the 19th and 21st Centuries" has been accepted for publication to a journal called MidAmerica for its 2017 issue.  
    She wrote this paper in Dr. Weinstock's Fall 2016 American Literature Survey, and also presented this paper at a conference this summer called "Writing the Midwest" hosted by the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature at MSU in June 2017.

  • Kristin Sovis' article, "The International Baccalaureate Learner Profile: A Social Justice Framework in the ELA Classroom," was published in the Language Arts Journal of Michigan (Volume 32, Number 2, Spring 2017).

  • Melinda Kreth co-authored an article with Beth Bowen (MAECC graduate '98) titled, "A Descriptive Survey of Technical Editors." IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 60.3 (May 31 2017 online; Sept. 2017 print): 238 – 55. DOI: 10.1109/TPC.2017.2702039.

April 2017 Announcements


  • Tracy Collins was awarded a Premier Display Grant for a MLA presentation in Pennsylvania for her paper titled "Shaw in South Africa."

  • Nate Smith presented a paper, "'Carefull Mind': Affective Ethics in the 1590 Faerie Queene," at the Renaissance Society of America conference at the end of March.

  • Nicole McCleese's paper, "Rebellion, Dissent, and Other Disruptions to Heternormative Time: Queer Theory's Historical Performativity and TV's Pornographic Suffering in Outlander," has been accepted for the Canadian Association for American Studies conference, "Uncertain Futures," which will take place at OCAD University in Toronto from October 27th to 29th, 2017.


  • Amanda Jackson, a senior, minoring in English as a Second Language. She mentioned that she has completed many English courses as part of this training. Amanda has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Mexico for the upcoming academic year. Read about her story here.

  • Kristyn Turner and Emily Seward, students in the B.S. in Education: English program, were recently selected for the Learning and Leading Award for outstanding scholarship and service from TEPD, which comes with a $500 award.

  • MAELL student Suzette Bristol presented a paper, “Goddess to Evil Enchantress:  The Identity of Morgan le Fay Reflecting Historical and Literary Changes,” at the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference at CMU on March 31st. 

March 2017 Announcements


  • Dr. Amy Ford (on sabbatical) presented "Transformative Faculty Development: Infusing Social Justice into Teacher Education through Dialogue" with colleagues from CEHS as an interactive dialogue session at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Annual Conference in Tampa, FL.

  • Robert Fanning, MFA was invited to give a presentation at Emerson College in Boston on March 30, as the member of a tribute panel for the late Bill Knott, a poet for whom he is the literary executor. On March 31, he will give a reading of his own work at the famed Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square.

  • Three of Dr. Nicole Coondradt's Prison Education Initiative (PEI) students enrolled in Jackson College were winners in the Annual Lyman Fink Excellence in Writing Contest. Eight finalists' essays will be published in the collected essays volume and winners receive a monetary prize. For PEI students, the prize will be awarded as tuition credits since they may not receive monetary awards. Previously open only to regular students (on the "outside"), participation was extended to PEI students last year. Of the eight essays selected, *six* were by prison students, her students were three of those chosen, and placed first, third, and honorable mention.

  • The National Writing Project was awarded for $15,000 for the site's 2017-2018 SEED Invitational Leadership Institute Grant proposal. This is NWP's second grant award.

  • Dr. Darrin Doyle's fiction is forthcoming in The Offbeat, Five:2:One Magazine, and Spelk.


  • Undergraduate student, William Boleman, has been accepted into two MA programs in Children's Literature, both in England: Newcastle University and Roehampton University, the latter of which has offered him funding.

  • Undergraduate student and Writing Center consultant, Ashley Green,  will be attending a "Getting You to Indiana University" (GU2IU) program for minority students who are looking for graduate schools to pursue their Ph.D. Ashley is looking to pursue a Ph.D in Education Policy with a minor in African American Diaspora.

  • Graduate student, Joshua Whicker, has been accepted to Wayne State's law school with complete funding.

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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