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!

School Partnership Program aids Farmville students

Members of the School Partnership Program enjoyed meeting with two teachers from Farmville Central’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program on October 11.  Danielle Buchanan and Ashlee Langston informed us about AVID and the ways that we can help program students who might not have motivation or support to excel.  This program prepares students for college and holds them to high standards.

Our volunteers will go to FCHS to help with writing, reading, source use, grammar, and the college application process.  Two of our members, Tom Herron and Zachary Perkinson, have already conducted classes at the school.  Our efforts expose students to college-type instruction and support the excellent work by the teachers. Thus far, fourteen faculty members have volunteered to teach at least one lesson during the school year.  AVID classes meet 12:00-2:00 each school day.

For more information, please contact Corinee Guy at

Open house a success

The English department hosted an Open House for prospective students on Saturday. Participating department members included Lida Cope, Grace Horne, Timm Hackett, Erin Frost, Guiseppe Getto, Bren Henze, Rick Taylor, Alyssa Coleman, Kalifornia Dolan, Samantha Grzybek, Garrett Yarbrough, Kristen Williams, and Andy Riggs. Those with questions about studying English can contact Dr. Cope at!



Bauer wins R. Hunt Parker Award for Literary Achievement

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Bauer, who is the 2017 winner of the R. Hunt Parker Award for Literary Achievement from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Margaret will be recognized at the North Carolina Book Awards in Raleigh next month. Read on for more information about the awards program and presentation.

The strong literary tradition of North Carolina will be showcased again with presentation of the 2017 North Carolina Book Awards, Friday, Nov. 17, in Raleigh.

At their joint meeting, members of the N.C. Literary and Historical Association and the Federation of N.C. Historical Societies will renew their commitment to stimulate the production of literature and to collect and preserve historical material in North Carolina, and to recognize excellence in both areas.

The 1:30 p.m. free, public session will be in the Doubletree by Hilton, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The first book award will be presented to Ali Standish of Raleigh, for “The Ethan I Was Before.” The award from the American Association of University Women for young people’s literature goes to a title that tackles death, guilt, loss and forgiveness in a coming-of-age tale.

Book awards also will be presented at a 7 p.m. ticketed dinner program at the Doubletree Inn. It will feature a keynote address, “From Slavery to Civil Rights: An Aural History Tour,” by Mary D. Williams, Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.

The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry will be presented to Patricia Hooper of Gastonia, for “Separate Flights,” a collection of poems said to “sneak up on the reader and stun,” and that pays “attention to the ways in which angle of vision alters our perspective of the world.”

Danny Johnson of Durham will receive the Sir Walter Award for Fiction for “The Last Road Home,” a book about the trials and tribulations of an orphaned young boy who comes to live with grandparents in North Carolina and befriends the sharecropper children next door. It explores race relations, first love, and coming of age in the 1950s and ’60s.

The Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction will be presented to Leonard Rogoff for “Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South.” It is the first major biography of Weil, who was born in 1879 to a prominent family in Goldsboro and fought passionately for progressive causes of the day. It is a story of sisterhood across religious boundaries, intellectual and political commitments, and wealth used to improve society.

The R.D.W. Connor Award goes to Thomas L. Howard III of Charlottesville, Va., for “The State that Said No: The Fight for Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina,” as the best article published in the “North Carolina Historical Review” in 2017.

The Hugh T. Lefler Award will be presented to Andrew C. Turner of Greenville, for the best paper by an undergraduate in 2017 on North Carolina History. Prepared for a class at East Carolina University, the paper dealt with the common people during the Fort Macon campaign.

The R. Hunt Parker Award for Literary Achievement will be presented to Margaret Bauer of Greenville, English professor and editor of the “North Carolina Literary Review” for more than 20 years.

EbzB Productions of Apex, represented by Sarah Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen, will receive the Hardee Rives Award for Dramatic Arts.

The Christopher Crittenden Memorial Award for lifetime contributions to North Carolina history will be presented to Harry Watson of Chapel Hill.

The Federation of N.C. Historical Societies Albert Ray Newsome Award recognizes local history preservation efforts. This year’s recipient, the Jones County Historical Society, has been working for more than two decades to make architectural surveys of the county’s historic structures accessible to the public.

Student awards also are presented during the free afternoon program. The Student Publication Awards, High School Division, recipients are: “Portraits in Ink,” Durham School of the Arts, first place; “Stone Soup,” Enloe High School, Raleigh, second place; “Drop Box,” Carolina Day School, Asheville, third place.

Middle School Division Awards recipients are “Illusions,” Martin Middle School, Raleigh, first place; “The Paw Print,” Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill, second place; “P@w Printz,” Randleman Middle School, Randleman, third place.

Tickets are available to the evening program. Make $45 checks payable to the N.C. Literary and Historical Association and mail to NCLHA, 4610 MSC, Raleigh, N.C. 27699. To pay by PayPal, visit website  Registration ends Nov. 10.

For additional information on the North Carolina Book Awards, please call (919) 807-7290. The Office of Archives and History is within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and administers the program.



ECU English faculty, graduate students, and alumni present at 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference

Twelve members from the Department of English at ECU presented their research, shared their expertise, and participated in collaborative/interactive workshops at the 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference held October 4-8, at the University of Dayton. The conference theme, “Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions,” asked participants to “bridge feminist rhetorics with feminist activism and advocacy to bring about social change.” The conference was sponsored by the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC).

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Sharer was featured as the first of twenty profiles in honor of the 20th anniversary of FemRhet!

Dr. Wendy Sharer facilitated a collaborative/interactive session, “Opening the Scholarly Conversation: Feminist Publishing Practices,” and presented “We Have Always Been Stronger Together: Rethinking Anthologizing Practices in the History of Rhetoric.” She participated on a panel “Creating a Safer C’s: Developing Action Plans for the CCCC 2018 Task Force.” Dr. Sharer also serves as Member-at-Large of the CFSHRC Executive Board. Drs. Erin Frost and Michelle Eble served as Small Group Facilitators at the Seminar, “Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Politicizing Posthumanisms, Rhetoricizing New Materialisms.”

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Cox, McKoy, Shelton, & Gardner presenting at FemRhet 2017.

Friday afternoon’s ECU panel, “Intersectional (Black, Political, and Professional) Bodies: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Social Justice in the 21st Century,” featured English alumnus and teaching instructor, Joshua Gardner‘s, “Reading the Woman: Power, Gender, and Embodiment in the 2016 Presidential Election;” third-year PhD students, Cecilia Shelton’s “Why Should I Believe You?: #BlackLivesMatter Building Ethos as a Movement on the Margins” and Temptaous McKoy’s “Black Thighs Matter; Rhetorical Concepts of Taste and Black Bodies;” and Dr. Matthew Cox’s “Intersectional Bodies: Workplaces as Queered, Feminist, & Rhetorical.” Several in attendance remarked that this was one of the finest panels of the conference.

Other sessions featured Carleigh (DeAngelis) Davis, fourth-year PhD student, who presented “Dialogic Collaboration in Coded Interactions: Cultivating Feminist Values and Practices in Digital Spaces” and third-year PhD student, Ruby Nancy, who presented “Be Like Alice: Multi-Genre Writing as an Intersectional Feminist Rhetorical Strategy for Amplifying Activism,” who also served as one of the social media curators for the conference.

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Davis presenting at FemRhet 2017.

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Nancy presenting at FemRhet 2017.











On Saturday, Dr. Michelle Eble facilitated a Mentoring Feminist Scholars’ session on “Publishing an Edited Collection: A Feminist, Process Approach.”

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Rhetorica, the ECU University Writing Center’s mascot, on a slide in Dr. Caswell’s presentation.

Drs. Will Banks, Nicole Caswell, and Stephanie West-Puckett (ECU PhD alumna and faculty at University of Rhode Island) delivered the second ECU panel “Failing Sideways: Toward a Queer Methodology for Writing Assessment.”




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Frost presenting at FemRhet 2017.



One of the final collaborative/interactive sessions of the conference featured Dr. Erin Frost, who presented “Using Feminist Methodologies to Build Healthcare Partnerships.”

All of the sessions generated questions and discussions and often continued after the sessions were over. ECU faculty, students, and alums clearly made a lasting impression on the conference as several conference attendees remarked at the important work related to social justice being done in the Department of English at ECU. Congratulations to all!

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Jaki Shelton Green to give annual Tag Lecture

This year’s Tag Lecture features North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame poet Jaki Shelton Green. The English Department will host the lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5,in Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. This event is free and open to the public. The lecture is supported by an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Ella Tag.

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