Department of English News

Archive for the ‘Faculty’ Category

The latest from Drs. Erin Frost and Michelle Eble in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society

Excerpt From: Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society

Erin A. Frost and Michele F. Eble

Technical Rhetorics: Making Specialized Persuasion Apparent to Public Audiences

Erin A. Frost, Michelle F. Eble, 2015

As rhetoric and technical communication researchers and teachers, we’re often faced with defining exactly what we mean when we use the term technical communication. Current perspectives on what the term technical communication encompasses are broadening well beyond documentation and user manuals that come with technological artifacts (Haas; Grabill and Simmons; Scott, Longo, and Wills; Slack, Miller, and Doak).1 However, defining technical communication more broadly for ourselves or even others in our disciplines doesn’t always change publics’ (e.g., users/stakeholders/lay audiences) perceptions of this information and how it affects their lives and the decisions they make.

In this essay, we argue that “technical rhetorics” is a concept that has affordances for thinking about how to critically communicate with public audiences about specialized information.

Read More HERE

Faculty Speaker Series: Ron Hoag

Please join us on Monday, March 16 at noon for our own Ron Hoag’s contribution to the faculty speaker series. We’ll be meeting in Bate 2024 for Ron’s talk entitled “Natural Sabbath: Thoreau’s Mild Sublime.”

Description: Well known to William Cullen Bryant, William Wordsworth, and Henry Thoreau, Edmund Burke’s influential treatise on the Sublime and the Beautiful posits a natural sublime, whose effect on humanity is terror, and a natural beauty, whose effect is pleasure. For Burke, the sublime and the beautiful are mutually exclusive experiences. Bryant, Wordsworth, and Thoreau, however, while acknowledging the daunting power of the sublime, also imply a fundamental link between this power and the paradoxically corresponding power in certain experiences of the beautiful in nature. For these three writers, the wildness in nature is not just sublime but also spiritual, to be reverenced as such if not at the terrifying moment of physical impact then after the fact, upon reflection, when processed as what Wordsworth termed “emotion recollected in tranquility.” “Reflection alone,” says Thoreau in his college essay on “Sublimity,” “can restore to calmness and equanimity.”


Faculty Speaker Series: Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst will be reading an excerpt from “Prometheus,” a short story he is currently working on for possible publication.

Please join us this week for the second Spring 2014 talk in our Faculty Speaker Series:

When: Thursday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Bate 2024 

Come for what promises to be a good conversation. Refreshments will be provided during the presentation.


Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

Wednesday, November 13th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Please join us for the next Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities event! Gender Around the Globe One of our new colleagues, Erin Frost is speaking at the November 13 Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities. Come out to support this event!  

Featuring Presentations By:

Purificacion Martinez
Purificacion Martinez
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
“Gendering the Monarchy: Kingship and Queenship in Castigos y Documentos del Rey don Sancho”


Erin Frost

Erin Frost

Assistant Professor, Department of English
“Exploding Monocultures of Gender: Perspectives on Health and Medical Rhetorics”


Mona Russell
Mona Russell_cropped
Associate Professor, Department of History
Egyptian Advertising and the Body Politic: 1922-1936”

This Event Will Be Held at the Greenville Museum of Art  Located on 802 South Evans Street Greenville, NC 27858 Phone: (252) 758-1946 Please RSVP by Friday, November 8 by going here: http://www.ecu.edu/downtown/forms/rsvpform.html


Department of English welcomes new faculty

The Department of English welcomes 9 new faculty members to the department for the 2013-2014 new school year:

Jessica Bardill (Indigenous Literatures)
Alyson Eggleston (Teaching Assistant Professor)
Erin Frost (Technical & Professional Communication)
Guiseppe Getto (Technical & Profession Communication)
Elizabeth Hoiem (Children’s and Victorian Literature)
Mark Johnson (Applied Linguistics)
Richard Nace (Teaching Instructor)
Christine Nicodemus (Teaching Instructor)
John Steen (Visiting Assistant Professor)