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

Recent Student Awards! Congratulations to: Temptaous Mckoy, Cecilia (Ceci) Shelton, and Shane Combs

Many English students at ECU are dedicated and hardworking helping make the ECU English Department what it is today.  Below are three such students, whose recent awards, hard work, and accomplishments we would like to recognize!

Congratulations to PhD student Temptaous Mckoy, who has received one of four recipients of the 2018 Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship from the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC). (Temptaous also received a Scholars for the Dream Award from this same organization, as did Ceci Shelton.) The scholarship, which recognizes the scholarly contribution of graduate student presenters at the conference, will help to fund Temptaous’ travel to the 2018 conference in Kansas City in March, where she will give a presentation entitled “Diversifying Graduate Programs through Recruitment Initiatives ‘On the Ground’ at HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions.” This is the second year in a row that  PhD student has won a Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship, since Janine Butler received the award last year.

Congratulations to English PhD students Cecilia (Ceci) Shelton and Temptaous McKoy, who have both received “Scholars for the Dream” Awards to attend the national Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 14-17 in Kansas City, MO.  In honor of their achievements, their names will be printed in a special announcement in the convention program and their sessions will be identified in that program as including a presentation from a “Dream Scholar.”  Additionally, they will be introduced and receive their awards at the opening general session of the conference.

Our former MA student, Shane Combs (2015), who is now an English Studies PhD student at Illinois State, won the Outstanding University Teaching Award in the Graduate Student Teaching category, Level 1, Doctoral for Illinois State University. It is given once-yearly and is a university wide award.


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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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English alumnae receive 40 Under 40 honors

The 2018 “40 under 40” Honors ( were announced recently, and at least two of the honorees represent English! (There may be others with English connections as well, but these are the two we know of.)


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.


Bridget Todd ( is a writer and leader in Washington, DC; she was among the panelists at last year’s “Arts and Sciences: Beyond Your Degree” event. Bridget earned her BA degree in English in 2007. As an outreach manager at, Bridget works to amplify the writing and impact of political activists. Before joining, Bridget worked on the digital team at MSNBC, taught writing at Howard University, and organized digital training for progressive organizers with the New Organizing Institute.


It is great to see our young alumnae recognized. Go English!

Congratulations to Tom Herron and the Explorations in Renaissance Culture Team!!!

Congratulations to Tom Herron, Corinee Guy, and graduate students Sarah Meador and Rose McMahon on the publication of volume 43.2 of Explorations in Renaissance Culture. This issue was edited by Tom and Jonathan Reid (History).

See the issue here:

It features a wide range of genres and subject matter, including Milton and Galileo (by a professor in Puerto Rico); Hakluyt’s colonial writing and Aristotle (by a professor in Saskatchewan); Spenser, Shakespeare, Skelton, and Despair (by the great scholar James Nohrnberg of UVA); animals in art (by a professor in Israel); and, finally, an article by Kevin Moll of ECU Music on new ways of thinking of the L’homme armee mass, including classroom uses. This is the last issue of the journal that will be published at ECU before it moves to a new editorial team and a new home. Go English!

Froula presents, publishes on military policy

Congratulations to Anna Froula, who recently published an invited chapter in The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military titled “9/11, Gender, and Wars without End.” This chapter explores changes in military policy regarding gender (the lifting of the ban on women in combat) and sexuality (ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) since 9/11 and analyzes the ways in which notions of traditional modes of gender were deployed in service of martialing support for the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Froula also recently presented “Dialogues on Experience: Soldier to Scholar” at the American Studies Association in Chicago, IL. This presentation explored the purpose and effects of her NEH-funded Soldier to Scholar bridge program.

Caswell wins Outstanding Book Award

Dr. Nikki Caswell has won the 2017 International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Book Award. Dr. Caswell wins for her book The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors, which was published by Utah State University Press in 2016. Her co-authors are Drs. Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Rebecca Jackson. Dr. Caswell received the award at IWCA’s annual conference this weekend.

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Bauer receives North Carolina Award

Professor Margaret Bauer has been named one of six recipients of this year’s North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor. Dr. Bauer wins for Literature and  received the award from Governor Roy Cooper at a gala in Raleigh this week.

The recipients included a scientist who works on air quality, the architect of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, a state administrator who dedicated her career to expanding technology access across North Carolina, the former chancellor of UNC-Charlotte, and a former US attorney general. Two tables of ECU supporters, including Dean Downs and Provost Mitchelson, attended the black-tie dinner. It was a great evening for Margaret, ECU English, and the North Carolina Literary Review. Here is an article about the award in the Daily Reflector: Go English!

ECU Writing Center: Consultant Liaisons for Classrooms!

What is a Consultant Liaison?  Liaisons work five hours a week with the instructors of courses that incorporate writing.  CLs work to understand the goals of a classroom and then they bring the knowledge back to the writing center.


What does this do?  Having a CL opens the lines of communication between the class and the UWC.  CLs then make course specific resources to aid other consultants within the writing center.


Who is eligible?  Classes do NOT need to be WI however they should incorporate writing within the classroom.  Courses should also encourage students to use the University Writing Center.


Three Instructor Requirements: 1. Meet at least once with the CL to establish grading criteria and course goals  2. Maintain email contact with the CL 3. Incorporate the writing center in some way into the course.


Interested? Apply here:


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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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