Woodward visits ECU

Bob Woodward visited ECU Wednesday evening as the premier speaker of this year’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, directed by English professor Jeffrey Johnson. Woodward spoke on his career reporting presidential politics, including offering insights into the current campaign season. At left, Dr. Johnson speaks with Mr. Woodward during the event.


National Park Services features Tedesco for NPS 100th birthday celebration

Associate Professor Laureen Tedesco presented her archival research on Margaret Sidney (pseud. for Harriett M. Lothrop) as part of National Park Service Centennial celebrations at Minute Man National Historical Park on Aug. 25, the 100th birthday of the NPS.
Her invited lecture “‘Refined, gentle & grammatical language’: Editors’ Advice to Margaret Sidney, 1877-1882” traced the Concord author’s uneven path to publication, highlighting children’s editors disapproval of the slang and regional vernacular she frequently used. The National Park Service owns The Wayside, the Concord home of Lothrop and her husband publisher Daniel Lothrop, and reopened the home in July as part of extended Centennial celebrations.
Pictured from left are seasonal park ranger Jane Sciacca, who conducts tours of The Wayside; Dr. Tedesco; and Park Ranger Michelle Blees, Interpretive Operations, who arranged for the invited lecture. Ms. Sciacca has incorporated information from Dr. Tedesco’s archival research into her talks about The Wayside. [Photo credit: National Historical Park photographer Phil Lupsieicz]
Lookout Group Photo 2016

Congratulations to Donna Kain!

Congratulations to Donna Kain, who received a BB&T Active Learning and Leadership Development Grant for her Fall 2016 section of ENGL 3870, Introduction to Editing and Publishing! In Donna’s class, students edit and publish The Lookout: A Journal of Undergraduate Research at ECU. This year’s group is working on the journal’s third annual issue.

Students in our Introduction to Editing and Publishing course (ENGL 3870) are preparing the fourth issue of The Lookout: A Journal of Undergraduate Research at ECU.

The journal showcases undergraduate research and is serving as an ongoing learning space for students studying editing, publishing, and document design through courses offered in the Department of English. Electronic versions of the previous 3 issues of the journal are available from the home page of the journal‘s website at

We are currently seeking submissions. The editors are interested in topics from all areas of study represented at ECU. Their vision for journal is to highlight the range of research that undergrads at ECU are producing.

The Lookout editors for this semester will review all submissions and make final selections in early November. After selections are announced, the editors will work with the authors to edit the submissions for publication.

Questions can be directed to The Lookout at


Albright publishes twice in one week

Congratulations to Alex Albright, who had two publications printed last week. His most recent publications are “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937,” about early African-American circus musicians (Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, 60.3 [2016]: 6-47) and “Prague Bluegrass Spring” (Bluegrass Unlimited, Oct. 2016: 42-45).


20 Department Members to Present at CPTSC

A total of 20 graduate students and faculty members are on the program for the 2016 meeting of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication! CPTSC will meet in Savannah, GA, the first weekend in October. Congratulations to the following on their upcoming presentations!

  • Temptaous McKoy, Cecilia Shelton, Janine Butler, Dr. Will Banks, and Dr. Nikki Caswell will present a poster entitled Research, Pedagogy, Presence: Diversifying Technical Communication Programs.
  • Constance Haywood, Zachary Lundgren, Stephanie West-Puckett, and Dr. Michelle Eble will lead a panel entitled Technical Communication and Social Justice: Building and Sustaining Programs.
  • Joshua Gardner, Ruby Nancy, and Dr. Matt Cox will give a panel entitled Queer Re/Considerations: LGBT Stories, Methods, and Theory in the Technical and Professional Communication Classroom.
  • Suzan Flanagan, Dr. Brent Henze, and Dr. Donna Kain will give a panel entitled Positioning Editing in Technical Communications Programs.
  • Alana Baker, Carleigh DeAngelis, Kerri Flinchbaugh, Abigail Morris, and Dr. Erin Frost will give a panel entitled Building and Sustaining Scientific Writing Curricula in Technical Communication Spaces.




winners with award plaques

Department announces annual award winners

The English department is proud to announce the winners of this years research/creative activity, service, teaching, and Treasured Pirate Awards, which were given at last week’s department convocation. Please congratulation the following members of the faculty:

  • Dr. Nicole Sidhu and Stephanie West-Puckett received the Bertie E. Fearing Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Nicole Sidhu and Dr. Liza Wieland received Research/Creative Activity awards
  • Grace Horne and Dr. Jessica Bardill received the department’s Service Award
  • Ashley Taylor and Dr. Nikki Caswell received University Treasured Pirate Awards

Wieland Awarded 2016 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor

ECU’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences inducted Dr. Liza Wieland as Distinguished Professor at the college’s annual convocation on August 19.

Wieland, professor of English and THCAS Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development, is the 18th member of the faculty to be honored with the title of THCAS Distinguished Professor.

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen to join the ranks of this excellent group of teachers, scholars, mentors and servants to the College,” said Wieland. “From the very beginning of my time here, the University has been unwaveringly supportive of my work with grants and release time, and now this award, all of which serve to acknowledge that the arts matter at ECU.”

To read the full article, visit


Bauer featured in News & Observer and on NC Bookwatch

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Bauer, who this week was featured by the News & Observer as the paper’s Tarheel of the Week:! The episode of NC Bookwatch featuring Margaret also aired this weekend. See it here: The 25th anniversary issue of NCLR was just published and will be celebrated at a birthday party on October 22 at 2pm. Go English!

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