The ECU Writing Center Releases Its Social Justice Statement

The ECU Writing Center and Social Justice


The University Writing Center has recently committed to social justice and released its social justice statement to the public.  The statement is broken down into three parts: Mission, Commitments, and Promises.  Underneath the eight promises listed are more details about what each means, how they are being implemented and how they will affect the UWC. (Link to the full social justice statement posted at the bottom of this article)

Within the social justice statement, the UWC expresses the need to be an inclusive space where writers can speak freely to careful readers and experienced writers.  Consultants can help writers at any point in the writing process from idea generation to polishing final drafts.

In its statement the Writing Center also recognizes the effects words can have and addresses the need of an “orientation to language use that prioritizes justice and equity” to full fill its goals.  By acknowledging that both culture and identity tie into one’s writing, the UWC states writing itself can be used as a tool to perpetuate systematic discrimination or to help transform the world.

The University Writing Center addresses many more important issues within its statement, including: societal discrimination and how higher education can counterbalance its barriers, language fluidity including the misconception of “standard English”, along with eight promises that will be upheld by student consultants, faculty and mentors alike.

To read the UWC’s full mission statement including its Missions, Commitments, and Promises at the following link:



UWC: International Writing Centers Week Celebration

International Writing Centers Week Celebration

The University Writing Center will be celebrating International Writing Centers Week by hosting many exciting and educational events throughout the week of (2/12)-(2/15).  The events are open to everyone and will explore an array of topics such as why we write and what impact our writing can have on society.  Each day will hold a different event focused around a different idea, and there will even be a party!  We hope everyone will join us in celebration, as we delve further into the big questions of writing and provide a chance for our voices to be heard in impacting ways!

See below for each day and the event being held:


Feb 12Th: Why I write Campaign!  Come add to the wall and tell us why it is you write. What is it that inspires you?


Feb 13th 2-4 pm: Commitment to Social Justice Celebration!!!!  Come Join us in celebration of the overall commitment to social justice and of our new social justice statement!  The first 25 students to the party gets a UWC coffee mug!


Feb 14th 12-3 pm: Frederick Douglass Transcribe-a-thon! (sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and the Colored Conventions Project) In our digital studio space, we will be joining other schools in helping transcribe documents, feel free to drop by anytime, even if it’s only for a few moments.  Directions will be streamed.


Feb 15th: Postcards for Change! Spend a moment to thank an organization that you believe inspires inclusion or care in our society, through a digital postcard!


Once again, all events are open to everyone and the UWC hopes to see you there!!

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.

Go English!


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.


Go English!

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!

Go English!

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.

9/11, Gender, and Wars without End

Anna Froula has 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.

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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