Winners of Keat Sparrow Awards

Winners of this Year’s Keats Sparrow Awards Announced

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Keats Sparrow Awards!

All students submitted work from English 2201 classes.

1st place: Joshua Butler, “Pain: Its Problems and Treatment”
Instructor: Brian Glover

2nd place: Ronnie Issa, “Genetically Modified Crops: Revolutionary Grains of Hope” (this is also published in our custom edition of Building Bridges)
Instructor: Marc Petersen

3rd place: Elysia Netter
Instructor: Brian Glover

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1st Place Winner: Brian Glover

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2nd Place Winner: Ronnie Issa

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Instructor Brian Glover and Joshua Butler

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Instructor Marc Petersen, Ronnie Issa, Joshua Butler, Instructor Brian Glover

Instructor Marc Petersen and Ronnie Issa

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Alexander wins CTPSC Diversity Scholarship

Congratulations to English MA student Jamal Jared Alexander, who has won the 2016 Bedford St. Martin’s/Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication’s (CPTSC) Diversity Scholarship!

This national scholarship is awarded to up to three people annually. The scholarship was established “for the purpose of supporting the goal of CPTSC to increase diversity in its membership and in the field of technical communication” and is awarded to up to three applicants “whose race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and/or nationality are underrepresented in the technical communication field.” The scholarship will help defray the costs for Jamal to attend this year’s CPTSC conference in Savannah, GA in October. Jamal is a student in the Technical and Professional Communication concentration and is currently working in the University Writing Center and on the Digital Donne project.

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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
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English 3820 Repository

Carleigh DeAngelis, a third year PhD student, has created a guide for instructors of ENGL 3820: Scientific Writing. More will be added in the future, but it’s a fantastic start that will be an excellent resource and that also showcases the fine work of our graduate students. Check it out: And, feel free to use it as a model for developing other scholarly resources!

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London study abroad program has another successful year

London, July 2016
By Dr. Rick Taylor
Each year’s summer study abroad program in London is unique. This year, Dr. Andrea Kitta brought her expertise in folklore and the supernatural: our students heard her present an academic paper on “Slender Man” for folklorists in London, they toured the ghosts of central London, and they were slaughtered by Jack the Ripper (or at least virtually so).

Dr. Cox, our tea connoisseur, taught our students about design elements in writing, and they prepared travel guides that focused on one activity a visitor might enjoy. We traveled to Stratford to meet up with our former student Karen Harker, who is completing her doctoral work on Shakespeare in performance.

Our group arrived in the immediate aftermath of the “Brexit” vote, and that proved a great opening for communication with the locals about the fate of their country and attitudes towards immigration. In my course, students read and respond to works written by those who migrated to London from various parts of the world.

Some elements remain year after year. Dr. Will Banks’s British Children’s Lit students picnic by the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens and read/perform new British picture books for the group. We have a cream tea at the Maids of Honour after our adventures in Kew Gardens (clotted cream required) and our boat ride up the Thames. It rained in Oxford this year, so sadly we couldn’t go punting, although there’s plenty to explore in town, and a new Bodleian exhibit to investigate.
Our students put together multi-genre daybooks, which reflect their coursework and all of their London activities. It’s a lot of writing and reading in a compressed period of time (when students are already challenged by the intense pace we keep).
We’re proud that we have kept the cost of the program as low as possible, and we have been fortunate to “make” each year, although our participant numbers have varied from the high teens to the low thirties (19 this year). Even with our efforts to keep down costs and our ability to “do a lot for a little” in the city, the program is still a significant financial sacrifice for our students. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Dean Downs in developing scholarship support for our study abroad students. Those efforts are already paying off for our students, who have the opportunity for a life-changing experience abroad.
Oh, and we had a successful thesis defense in Marcus Garvey Park in West Kensington!


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!

PhD alum earns early promotion

Congratulations to Dr. Trisha Capansky (ECU 2011, PhD in Technical and Professional Discourse), who recently received early promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of  English and Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She will go up for tenure in 2017.

Dr. Capansky earned the English department’s PhD in Technical and Professional Discourse. She completed her dissertation in 2011; her dissertation committee included Tom Shields (chair), Brent Henze, Sherry Southard, and Carl Swanson (History). When she began her dissertation, her committee was chaired by Jan Tovey, who passed away in 2010.

Dr. Capansky teaches technical communication and composition, co-advises the UT-Martin chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and researches the impacts of media technology and infrastructure on South Sudanese independence and other topics related to nationhood, political discourse, and technology. This research ties to the work she did in her dissertation, The Declaration of Independence: A New Genre in Political Discourse or Mixed Genres and an Unlikely Medium? Her dissertation examined the genres and discourse that helped to create the first modern democracy in 1776, and her recent work examines how communication technologies and strategies shaped the birth of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

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