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: http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/scientificwritingrepository/. And, feel free to use it as a model for developing other scholarly resources!

English majors, are you looking for a minor? Consider Great Books!

Odysseus and the sirens

A minor in Great Books requires four Great Books seminars and four Great Books electives. Great Books seminars are discussion-based, and most fulfill the humanities Foundations and writing intensive requirements. Great Books classes feel like eighteenth-century salons, in which the big ideas of human nature and culture are identified, discussed, and debated. Our courses are a good fit for many humanities and science majors, but particularly for English majors. We emphasize close reading, and provide a broad intellectual foundation for the texts you read in English courses.

Why is Great Books such a perfect minor for English majors? Because not all great books are written in English, and not all great books are fiction or poetry. Great books are written in many languages and encompass many overlapping disciplines: Literature, History, Philosophy, Classics, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Biology, Physics, and more. Great Books is the one truly multi and interdisciplinary program on campus, drawing from diverse fields, cultures, faculty, and texts.

A Great Books minor will teach you to think critically, to think on your feet while grounding you in the important ideas that have shaped the world in which we live. It will teach you to think independently and collectively. It will prepare you for an increasingly difficult and complex world.

For more information about minoring in Great Books, visit the program website at http://www.ecu.edu/greatbooks/index.cfm or contact program director Dr. Helena Feder at federh@ecu.edu.


Bauer profiled by grad school


The ECU Graduate School has released a faculty profile of English department distinguished professor Margaret Bauer.

“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher,” Bauer said in the profile. “Then, during high school, an English teacher, Mrs. Cotton, showed us how much Kate Chopin had packed into her two-page short story, “The Story of an Hour,” and I wanted to learn how to read like that, how to see all of those wonderful details, the numerous nuances that revealed the story of a woman’s whole life in just two pages.”

Read Dr. Bauer’s full profile.

Eble honored for doctoral mentoring

Dr. Michelle Eble

Michelle Eble was honored Friday at the Research Week Recognition Luncheon for her role in mentoring graduate students.

Eble was selected as this year’s winner of the ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Doctoral Category. Graduate School Dean Paul Gemperline said Eble was being recognized because “under Dr. Eble’s leadership, the PhD program in the department has flourished, having undergone a major overhaul of advising, curriculum, and comprehensive exam procedures. She led the development of innovative professional development seminars for first-year PhD students and has overseen the graduation of 15 students in the past four years.”

The award includes a cash prize of $1000 and a plaque.