American Shakespeare Center Photos

On March 24th through the 25th, the ECU English department hosted a trip to Staunton Virginia to the American Shakespeare Center.  They saw three plays: a tragedy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a history, Shakespeare’s Richard II, and a restoration comedy Congreve’s The Way of the World, and took a few wonderful pictures of their adventures! (Pictures below). Students also had the opportunity to hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains!

There are many great opportunities and experiences one can have as an English major at ECU, the world of English is truly an adventurous one!

Go English!


American Shakespeare Center Trip Photos:

Together at the American Shakespeare Center Together at the American Shakespeare Center Together at the American Shakespeare Center Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains! In the Blueridge Mountains!


#MeToo@ECU! (PDF attached)


In recognition of
Sexual Assault
Awareness Month

April 9


Mendenhall Great Rooms

Lunch will be provided.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities and individuals about how to prevent sexual violence.

Register for the event or individual sessions at

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

Schedule of events in the link Below!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

English Department

Congratulations Constance Haywood!

Congratulations to ECU MA alumna and current teaching instructor Constance Haywood, who accepted an offer of admission to Michigan State’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) doctoral program. Additionally, she has been selected to receive the College of Arts and Letters Scholars Award (also known as the CAL Scholars Award). This award is given to graduate applicants with outstanding records of academic performance “with the goal of preparing transformative scholars with leadership potential in all areas of the higher education mission (scholarship, teaching, outreach, and community engagement).”

Constance will be moving to Michigan in August; please wish her well before she leaves us for her new adventure.

Go English!

English Department

ECU Service Awards Ceremony

The department had a great showing at the ECU service awards ceremony Wednesday night.

Congratulations to the award winners from English: PhD Student and University Writing Center Grad Assistant Director Cecilia Shelton, who received the Diversity and Inclusion Award (Student). The Console-ing Passions Conference Planning Team—including from English Amanda Klein, Anna Froula, Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Laura Jolly, Marianne Montgomery, English major and Film minor Maddie Daniel, and PhD student Ruby Nancy, who together received the Centennial Award for Excellence in Ambition (Team). Plus: Andrea Kitta and Michael Parker were inducted into the Servire Society (which requires 100 hours of community service in the year).

We also had several nominees recognized:
Margaret Bauer and Matt Cox were nominated for the James R. Talton Leadership Award. Lida Cope and Timm Hackett were nominated for Centennial Awards. PhD student Temptaous Mckoy was nominated for a Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Congrats to all whose service was celebrated. Go English!

Ivey and Karen

ECU’s 40 under 40 Leadership Award!

4 of ECU’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award recipients this year were ECU English alums (for those keeping track, that’s 10% of all the winners!). The recipients were honored at a ceremony Saturday at the Greenville Convention Center.  Photos below!
  • 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.
  • Ivey Brown graduated from ECU with a double major in Communications and English in 2003. He is now chief legal officer at Winston-Salem State University.
  • Emily Carter earned a BA in English (’06) and an MA in English (’09). She is Senior Regional Vice President at American Campus Communities, a developer of student housing.
  • Bridget Todd, an educator, organizer, and writer living in Washington, DC, earned her BA degree in English in 2007. As an outreach manager at, Bridget works to amplify the writing and impact of political activists. She also hosts the podcast “Stuff Mom Never Told You.” (Flight cancellations prevented Bridget from attending Saturday’s ceremony.)
Go English!

Karen and Emily Ivey and Karen

ECU English Online MA Ranked as a Best Value!!

East Carolina University is ranked in the 2018 Best Online Colleges for a Master’s in English!

For the 2018 Best Online Colleges ranking, SR Education Group researched and analyzed accredited online schools across the nation, taking into consideration academic strength factors as well as annual tuition rates. Inclusion on this list shows high academic standards and a commitment to affordability, two key factors important to prospective students. East Carolina University made this ranking at 23rd for Master’s Degrees in English.

The full list is available here:


Enjoying the event

Congratulations Gera Miles!!

Congratulations to Gera Miles on another successful GAME P.L.A.Y event! The department was a co-sponsor of this event, loaning technology, and Gera’s efforts are really making a difference for kids in the community. See Gera’s report below as well as the photos attached. Go English!


Enjoying the Event Enjoying the event

Enjoying the Event


I would like to think the English Department for their technological donations for the 3rd GAMEP.L.A.Y (Game Police, Life, and Youth) event that was held on Tuesday, March 13th at the Boys & Girls Club in Farmville.   Along with the Farmville Police Department and a few other law enforcement agents from the surrounding area, there were about 135 children that attended the event.
    GAMEP.L.A.Y is a Gaming Outreach Initiative that builds trust between children/teens by having them play cooperative games with one another.  The most important part of the event is the breakout session where the youth and officers get together to talk about local or national events that concern them.
    Below is a link to the WCTI Channel 12 coverage of GAMEP.L.A.Y.  Along with the English department, our sponsors also included Food Lion, GameStop, Insomnia Cookies, Pepsi, and Highway 55!   Again, thank you for your support!
Gera Miles
English Instructor
GAMEP.L.A.Y Co-Founder





Congratulations Mark Johnson!

Congratulations to Mark Johnson, whose article, “Cognitive task complexity and L2 written syntactic complexity, accuracy, lexical complexity, and fluency: A research synthesis and meta-analysis,” has been awarded an honorable mention for the Journal of Second Language Writing Best Article for 2017.

Here is a link to the article:


Go English!

Pirate Nation Gives!!

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is joining ECU in celebrating its second annual Pirate Nation Gives on Wednesday, March 21.  This single extraordinary day of giving encourages alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and students to make a donation to one of ECU’s 12 colleges and schools or the university program of their choice. Help Harriot College take the lead in this year’s Pirate Nation Gives campaign!

Last year’s event raised $273,663 for the university, a truly successful showcase of the generosity of Pirate Nation. This year’s midnight-to-midnight campaign aims to build on that engagement and support. In honor of ECU’s 111th year, a goal of 111 gifts of $111, 111 new donors, and 500 #PirateNationGives hashtags on social media has been set.

Please consider contributing to a scholarship or program within the College of Arts and Sciences that you value most by donating online at or by phone at 252-ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) on March 21. If you choose to give online and do not see your fund of choice initially, select “View All Giving Opportunities” for more options (select “Other” then write in the fund name in the Gift Instructions box if you still do not see the fund you wish to support).

To engage socially, please use the following links and hashtag to spread the word about this one-day philanthropic effort.


Facebook: @EastCarolina

Twitter: @EastCarolina, @ECUAdvancement

Instagram: @eastcarolinauniv, @ecuadvancement

Hashtags: #PirateNationGives

Thank you for supporting Harriot College and ECU on Pirate Nation Gives. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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