John Hoppenthaler will participate in an official off-site Reading at this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference

John Hoppenthaler will participate in an official off-site Reading at this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, DC. The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout. For more information about the event, please visit:  http://www.pw.org/literary_events/connotation_press_celebration_and_reading

Book Cover of Rhetorics of Whiteness

Congratulations to Joyce Middleton!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Joyce Middleton, whose book Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (co-edited with Tammy M. Kennedy and Krista Ratcliffe) was published in December 2016 by Southern Illinois University Press. The essays in this book reveal how identifications with racialized whiteness continue to manifest themselves in American culture.
More about the book: http://www.siupress.com/books/978-0-8093-3546-6. Go English!
Mark Johnson

Congratulations to Mark Johnson!

Congratulations to Mark Johnson, who has recently been elected to the Nominating Committee of the International TESOL Association. The Nominating Committee works closely with TESOL’s Board of Directors and Executive Director to identify candidates for leadership positions within the Association in order ensure balanced representation of TESOL members. His service on the Nominating Committee begins in January 2017.

Kitta

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta!

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, who recently published an article “The significance of folklore for vaccine policy: discarding the deficit model,” in the journal Critical Public Health. Co-written with medical humanities scholar Daniel Goldberg, the paper addresses the relevance of medical folklore for vaccine policy intended to increase vaccination uptake. The authors make two primary claims: First, that dominant approaches to increasing US vaccination uptake have largely been based on deficient understandings of the root causes of anti-vaccination behavior; and second, that superior approaches to evidence-based policy must enlarge the scope of that evidence base to include crucial findings on belief formation, technical and risk communication, and the folklore of vaccination. They show that the failure to attend to this evidence results in interventions that are disconnected from the factors actually driving vaccination refusal.

The article can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581596.2016.1235259?journalCode=ccph20

[Pictured: Book cover at left/top showing a rollercoaster and a blue sky; book cover at bottom/right showing a large skeleton leaning over smaller people.]

Caswell publishes *The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors*

Congratulations to Dr. Nikki Caswell, whose book The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors was just published by Utah State University Press!
 
The first book-length empirical investigation of writing center directors’ labor, The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors presents a longitudinal qualitative study of the individual professional lives of nine new directors. The authors adopt a case study approach to examine the labor these directors performed and the varied motivations for their labor, as well as the labor they ignored, deferred, or sidelined temporarily, whether or not they wanted to. The nine directors discuss more than just their labor; they address their motivations, their sense of self, and their own thoughts about the work they do, facets of writing center director labor that other types of research or scholarship have up to now left invisible. The book strikes a new path in scholarship on writing center administration.
 
Further, the publisher liked this book so much that they did a special print run with a limited edition cover! The standard cover is left/top in the photo, and the limited edition cover is bottom/right.

Creativity and Balance

Check out this new essay teaser “Creativity and Balance, or the Controlling Ideology of Control” by Associate Professor Helena Feder: http://northamericanreview.org/creativity-balance-controll…/

Is it too sweeping or just too obvious to say that from falling in love to creativity itself, we must be off-balance to become?

I find myself trying not to think about writing when I am writing (things themselves…but of course words fall into this category) and, then, thinking of it constantly when I am not. I have been told by smart, talented people that we all need to find a “balance” between writing and life. This dichotomy proliferates endlessly into the mythological “balance” between thinking and feeling, thinking or feeling and doing, creative and academic work, “research” and teaching, pedagogy and public intellectual life, etcetera, etc…

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