Faculty Publication – Dr. Tom Shields

ECU English professor Dr. Tom Shields has had his work on the Lost Colony cited in The Washington Post. The Post’s piece focused on Virginia Dare and white nationalism.

To read the article, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/how-a-child-born-more-th…/….

The article was also reprinted in the News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/opi…/op-ed/article212325244.html.

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English Department

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta!!

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, whose article “Medicine and Health Practices” was just published in The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies. It can be found here.


Here’s the abstract:

Folk medicine and health practices have long been thought to be primarily old-fashioned and antithetical to modern medicine, whereas in actuality they are often used alongside and as a complement to mainstream medicine. The tension between vernacular authority and institutional authority has always been complex, but it has become increasingly so due to the Internet, both as a source of information and as a source of community. Online communities have defined not only how patients create identity but have also helped to define the care they choose and receive. These issues are further complicated by immigration and globalization and the rise in social movements such as feminism, LGBTQ rights, disability studies, and fat studies, among others.


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Anna Froula

Congratulations Anna Froula!

Congratulations to Anna Froula, who was honored with the Scholar-Teacher Award at the University Teaching Awards ceremony on Monday night. Anna received a nifty engraved box from Chancellor Staton.


We also celebrated several teaching award nominees from the department at the ceremony:

Brent Henze — nominated for Outstanding DE Teaching award

Andrea Kitta — nominated for Alumni Association/Robert L. Jones award

David Wilson-Okamura — nominated for Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching


Anna Froula


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English Department

ECU Service Awards Ceremony

The department had a great showing at the ECU service awards ceremony Wednesday night.

Congratulations to the award winners from English: PhD Student and University Writing Center Grad Assistant Director Cecilia Shelton, who received the Diversity and Inclusion Award (Student). The Console-ing Passions Conference Planning Team—including from English Amanda Klein, Anna Froula, Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Laura Jolly, Marianne Montgomery, English major and Film minor Maddie Daniel, and PhD student Ruby Nancy, who together received the Centennial Award for Excellence in Ambition (Team). Plus: Andrea Kitta and Michael Parker were inducted into the Servire Society (which requires 100 hours of community service in the year).

We also had several nominees recognized:
Margaret Bauer and Matt Cox were nominated for the James R. Talton Leadership Award. Lida Cope and Timm Hackett were nominated for Centennial Awards. PhD student Temptaous Mckoy was nominated for a Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Congrats to all whose service was celebrated. Go English!

Ivey and Karen

ECU’s 40 under 40 Leadership Award!

4 of ECU’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award recipients this year were ECU English alums (for those keeping track, that’s 10% of all the winners!). The recipients were honored at a ceremony Saturday at the Greenville Convention Center.  Photos below!
  • Karen Turnage Boyd earned her BA in English in 2002 and now practices law and directs the new Sullivan County Family Justice Center in Tennessee.
  • Ivey Brown graduated from ECU with a double major in Communications and English in 2003. He is now chief legal officer at Winston-Salem State University.
  • Emily Carter earned a BA in English (’06) and an MA in English (’09). She is Senior Regional Vice President at American Campus Communities, a developer of student housing.
  • Bridget Todd, an educator, organizer, and writer living in Washington, DC, earned her BA degree in English in 2007. As an outreach manager at Medium.com, Bridget works to amplify the writing and impact of political activists. She also hosts the podcast “Stuff Mom Never Told You.” (Flight cancellations prevented Bridget from attending Saturday’s ceremony.)
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Karen and Emily Ivey and Karen

Enjoying the event

Congratulations Gera Miles!!

Congratulations to Gera Miles on another successful GAME P.L.A.Y event! The department was a co-sponsor of this event, loaning technology, and Gera’s efforts are really making a difference for kids in the community. See Gera’s report below as well as the photos attached. Go English!


Enjoying the Event Enjoying the event

Enjoying the Event


I would like to think the English Department for their technological donations for the 3rd GAMEP.L.A.Y (Game Police, Life, and Youth) event that was held on Tuesday, March 13th at the Boys & Girls Club in Farmville.   Along with the Farmville Police Department and a few other law enforcement agents from the surrounding area, there were about 135 children that attended the event.
    GAMEP.L.A.Y is a Gaming Outreach Initiative that builds trust between children/teens by having them play cooperative games with one another.  The most important part of the event is the breakout session where the youth and officers get together to talk about local or national events that concern them.
    Below is a link to the WCTI Channel 12 coverage of GAMEP.L.A.Y.  Along with the English department, our sponsors also included Food Lion, GameStop, Insomnia Cookies, Pepsi, and Highway 55!   Again, thank you for your support!
Gera Miles
English Instructor
GAMEP.L.A.Y Co-Founder





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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jslw.2017.06.001.


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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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Congratulations to Margaret Bauer

Congratulations to Margaret Bauer, who has been named one of six recipients of this year’s North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor. Margaret wins for Literature and will receive the award from Governor Roy Cooper at a gala in Raleigh next month. She is certainly in august company among this year’s winners as well as among past honorees. A press release with details is below. Go English!

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