Congratulations Mark Johnson!

Congratulations to Mark Johnson, whose article, “Cognitive task complexity and L2 written syntactic complexity, accuracy, lexical complexity, and fluency: A research synthesis and meta-analysis,” has been awarded an honorable mention for the Journal of Second Language Writing Best Article for 2017.

Here is a link to the article:


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Award Sheet

Congratulations John Hoppenthaler!

The ECU Department of English would like to Congratulate to John Hoppenthaler, who was selected as one of two recipients of the university-wide 2018 5-Year Achievement for Research/Creative Activity Award. The award recognizes John’s achievements over the past five years as a poet and editor, including the publication of his book Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon, 2015).

John will receive the award at the research and scholarship awards ceremony on February 20. (Amanda Klein won the 5-Year award last year, so English is on a roll!)  Posted below is the full list of award winners.

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Award Sheet

Award List

Congratulations to Joyce Middleton!

We would like to Congratulate our recently-retired colleague Joyce Middleton, whose book with Tammie Kennedy and Krista Ratcliffe, “Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education,” won the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category.

The sixteen essays that comprise this collection not only render visible how racialized whiteness infiltrates new twenty-first-century discourses and material spaces but also offer critical tactics for disrupting this normative whiteness.

Congratulations Joyce Middleton!

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9/11, Gender, and Wars without End

Anna Froula has published an invited chapter in The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military titled “9/11, Gender, and Wars without End.” This chapter explores changes in military policy regarding gender (the lifting of the ban on women in combat) and sexuality (ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) since 9/11 and analyzes the ways in which notions of traditional modes of gender were deployed in service of martialing support for the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Texas Czech Legacy Project

Texas Czech Legacy Project:

The goal of this Project is to create a central place documenting the language, culture, and history of ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas. The Project’s main initiative is the building of an open-access digital Texas Czech Dialect Archive (TCDA) of audio-recordings gathered from ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas since the 1970s through the 2000s.

The Project’s mission is to create a community resource for Texas Czechs as well as a scholarly resource for anyone fascinated by this population’s language, culture, and history. As a legacy archive, the TCDA will be a central repository for irreplaceable oral histories, spoken in the Texas Czech dialect, reflecting the change in the historically Czech Moravian communities of Texas from the early 1850s to the present.

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Amanda Klein Freelance Work

Check of Dr. Amanda Klein’s freelance work:

Spinoff City: Why Hollywood Is Built on Unoriginal Ideas.” The Atlantic 20 March 2016.

Thirty Seasons of The Real World.” The New Yorker. 28 Nov 2015.

Consider the Catfish.” The New Yorker. 3 Sept 2015.

“‘Clueless’ and the end of Gen X: How Cher Horowitz taught us to stop worrying and embrace millennial optimism, post-racial fantasy and the 1 percent.” Salon. 15 July 2015.

“‘The Breakfast Club’, 30 Years Later: A Conversation Across Generations.” Roger 26 March 2015.

With Christian Exoo, “Plagiarism, Patchwriting and the Race and Gender Hierarchy of Online Idea Theft.” Truth Out 13 March 2015.

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Erin Frost Gives Keynote at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop

Dr. Erin A. Frost was a Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop last week. Her workshop, “Feminist Credibility: Negotiating Subjectivity in Public Spaces,” examined the ways women’s experiences are often treated as less credible than other perspectives in supposedly “objective” and “neutral” spaces, from research to politics. Dr. Frost also created a website that contains a variety of resources on feminist credibility, along with a collaborative Google doc that participants were asked to contribute to.

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Dr. Erin Frost giving keynote workshop.


A link to this website resource can be found here:

A link to a recorded version of FSDW’s keynote workshop with Dr. Erin Frost can be found here:


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The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW) is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop is sponsored by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

Congratulations to Alex Albright!

Congratulations to Alex Albright, whose article “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937” has been selected for the Stuart Thayer Prize from the Circus Historical Society for the best article published on circus history in 2016. Alex will receive the prize and present a portion of the article at the annual meeting of the Circus Historical Society in July in Washington, DC.  Alex’s article was published in Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, 60.3 [2016]: 6-47. Go English!

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