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.


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:

[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:…/

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…

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]

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.




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