Congratulations — Helena Feder and Erin Frost

Congratulations to Helena Feder and Erin Frost, both of whom received Harriot College of Arts and Sciences travel grants.

Helena will use her grant towards the costs of her travel this week to Philosophische Fakultät: Cultivating Sustainability in Cologne, Germany, where she will present a keynote lecture, “Education and the Environmental Turn.”

Erin will use her grant towards the costs of her travel later this month to the Watson Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, where she will present a paper, “The Impact of Medical Imaging on Bodily Matter(s).”

Go English!

From left to right: Tracy Morse, Will Banks, Wendy Sharer, Michelle Eble

Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, William Banks!


Reclaiming Accountability Book Cover

Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, and Will Banks, whose edited collection Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments (Utah State UP, 2016) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award.

Reclaiming Accountability brings together a series of critical case studies of writing programs that have planned, implemented, and/or assessed the impact of large-scale accreditation-supported initiatives. The book reimagines accreditation as a way to leverage institutional or programmatic change. The award will be presented at CWPA’s conference this summer in Sacramento. Go English!

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.



Dr. Cope

Texas Czech Legacy Project

Texas Czech Legacy Project:

The goal of this Project is to create a central place documenting the language, culture, and history of ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas. The Project’s main initiative is the building of an open-access digital Texas Czech Dialect Archive (TCDA) of audio-recordings gathered from ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas since the 1970s through the 2000s.

The Project’s mission is to create a community resource for Texas Czechs as well as a scholarly resource for anyone fascinated by this population’s language, culture, and history. As a legacy archive, the TCDA will be a central repository for irreplaceable oral histories, spoken in the Texas Czech dialect, reflecting the change in the historically Czech Moravian communities of Texas from the early 1850s to the present.

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Erin Frost Gives Keynote at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop

Dr. Erin A. Frost was a Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop last week. Her workshop, “Feminist Credibility: Negotiating Subjectivity in Public Spaces,” examined the ways women’s experiences are often treated as less credible than other perspectives in supposedly “objective” and “neutral” spaces, from research to politics. Dr. Frost also created a website that contains a variety of resources on feminist credibility, along with a collaborative Google doc that participants were asked to contribute to.

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Dr. Erin Frost giving keynote workshop.


A link to this website resource can be found here:

A link to a recorded version of FSDW’s keynote workshop with Dr. Erin Frost can be found here:


FSDW Logo 2017


The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW) is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop is sponsored by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

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Dr. Lida Cope has published on the Texas Czech Legacy Project

Cope, L. (2016). Texas Czech Legacy Project: Documenting the past and present for the future. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2016(238), 105-125.

This article focuses on the Texas Czech Legacy Project and its main initiative, the building of an open-access digital Texas Czech Dialect Archive. Texas Czech dialect is a product of over a century and a half of contact between Moravian Czech and English spoken in Texas. While its life cycle is rather typical of diasporic dialects, its resilient life span represents decades of self-sufficient existence in a rather enclosed sociolinguistic space organized around farming and small business ventures periodically rejuvenated by religious and fraternity activities without the need for an outside social world. Following a brief sketch of the socio-historical background of ethnic Czechs and Moravians in Texas, I discuss the objectives of the Project and the design of the Texas Czech Dialect Archive, bearing in mind the complexities involved in designing a product that is to serve community members, educators and students of the Czech language and culture, as well as a diverse group of researchers. The Project’s purposes and practical value of its digital archive for these multiple audiences are demonstrated using examples of both typical and idiosyncratic features of this diasporic dialect.

[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.

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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