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The English Department at NDSU

The mission of the English Department at North Dakota State University is to cultivate understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of the English language, its speakers and writers, and its literatures and cultures, such that students and department members use the language creatively, critically, and effectively to participate ethically in civic and professional life.

Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Faculty Service Award

Kevin Brooks has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Faculty Service Award. He will receive the award at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence on May 6th. Congratulations to Kevin!

Fall 2014 First-Year Distinguished Writing Awards

The English Department announces the winners of the Fall 2014 First-Year Distinguished Writing Awards: 

First Place: Jonathan Pacella, rhetorical analysis: 

"The Persuasion of Frankenstein" 

 Second Place: Dakota Cron, memoir: 

"My Flashlight, Just Like Dad's" 

 Third Place: Brenna Greenwood, commentary: 

"Is Rape Culture Slowly Making an Appearance at NDSU?"

Maylath Co-Authors and Publishes Chapter in the Handbook of Research on Teaching Methods in Language Translation and Interpretation

Bruce Maylath, professor of English, has published the chapter "Translation Competence: Research Data in Multilateral and Interprofessional Collaborative Learning" in the Handbook of Research on Teaching Methods in Language Translation and Interpretation (IGI Global Press, 2015), with co-authors from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and Italy. The chapter draws on data collected through the Trans-Atlantic & Pacific Project, a network of writing, translation, and usability testing instructors linking their classes across four continents and founded by Maylath and co-author Sonia Vandepitte, at Ghent University, Belgium, in the 1999-2000 academic year. Maylath serves as TAPP's coordinator. 

Brooks, Lindgren, and Warner Publish in Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities

Kevin Brooks (professor of English), Chris Lindgren (MA NDSU English and current PhD Student in Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota) and Matthew Warner (PhD English) published a white paper in the collection, Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. Their chapter, "Tackling a Fundamental Problem: Using Digital Labs to Build Smarter Computing Cultures” considers what kinds of initiatives and collaborations it would take among higher education, k-12, and a community to build a smarter local computing cultures. 

Brooks, Flute, and Ostby Selected for Library and Literacy Program Development

Kevin BrooksHeather Flute (MA English), Katelyn Ostby (English 2014) and a number of librarians, literacy experts, and community organizers from Fargo have been selected to participate in an Otto Bremer Foundation funded program called L3: The Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute.  The Institute will assign the Fargo team a mentor, the group will convene with other groups from the state three times in 12 months, and the teams will develop a plan for library and literacy program capacity building.  



Brooks Receives Funding for Local In-home ELL Program

Brooks received funding from the City of Fargo to support his efforts to re-establish Giving + Learning, an in-home English Language Learning program that supports language acquisition, driver’s literacy, and citizenship test preparation for New Americans in the FM area.   

Sassi Inducted into the Tapestry of Diverse Talents

On February 19, Kelly Sassi was inducted into the Tapestry of Diverse Talents. Sassi’s three nominators cited her work with returning veterans, teacher training and support for those teaching at tribal high schools and colleges, and her commitment to social justice work as key components of her outstanding commitment to diversity at NDSU and in our state.


Sassi Receives Grant from National Writing Project

The Red River Valley Writing Project, under direction of associate professor Kelly Sassi, received an Assignments Matter grant from the National Writing Project to provide training for RRVWP Teacher Consultant Karen Taylor to lead the Assignments Matter Task Jam for local teachers on Saturday, January 24 at the Probstfield Center in Moorhead. Assignments Matter invites teachers to collaborate using tools from the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) as well as protocols and processes common in the NWP teacher community to create writing assignments for use in their own classrooms and to share with one another. The NWP grant was made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Sandland Leads Service Learning Project with Local Nonprofits

Julie Sandland, senior lecturer, English,  brought her English 326-Writing in the Design Professions class to The Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo on February 23 for a tour of the space with Heather Schmidt, Donor Relations Manager.  The students, who are architecture and landscape architecture majors, will be completing a service learning project that involves working with local nonprofits on plans to re-design their spaces.


Rupiper Taggart Collaborates on a Grant Proposal

Amy Rupiper Taggart, professor of English and director of general education, has collaborated on an interdisciplinary team to produce a grant as senior personnel. The NSF IUSE (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) design and development grant proposal, supports ongoing professional development for STEM educators teaching in NDSU gateway courses (often general education courses), including pre-semester workshops and ongoing faculty learning communities (FLCs). The proposal was submitted January 2015, in collaboration with Paul Kelter, Mark Hanson, Lisa Montplaisir, James Nyachwaya, Jared Ladbury, Greg Oswald, and Emily Berg.


Steinman Presents Recent Work and Publishes Poetry

Doctoral student Heather Steinman presented "A Rhetoric of Anxiety," at the recent Survive and Thrive conference in St. Cloud, MN. Her poem, "System Failure," was accepted to the journal *82 Review. A second poem was accepted by the journal Up the Staircase Quarterly. Her paper "Teaching indigenous literature: Experience as self-instruction" has been accepted for presentation at the 57th annual WSSA Conference held in April in Portland, OR.

Totten Participates in Modern Language Association Conference

Professor Gary Totten, chair of English, attended the Modern Language Association conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada Jan. 8-11, where he was a respondent for a session titled “Multi-Ethnic Film: From Page to Screen.” As the editor of the journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, he also participated in the “Meet the Editor” event sponsored at the conference by Oxford University Press and the “Chat with an Editor” event sponsored by the Council for Editors of Learned Journals.


National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for North Dakota

Red River Valley Writing Project

(A National Writing Project Site housed in the English Department)

The Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU partnered with the Plains Art Museum to serve as the state affiliate for the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (grades 7-12). On Saturday, January 3rd, five judges--Susanne Williams, Sabrina Hornung, Zhimin Guan, Sarah Dotzenrod, and Karen Anderson--adjudicated the art entries. There were 38 winning works by 27 students from  Wahpeton, Jamestown, Fargo, Grand Forks, Elgin, Hazen, Tower City, Keene, Williston, Devil's Lake, Argusville, Bottineau, and West Fargo. The 7 gold key winners, will go on to be judged at the national level. The judges also selected the 5 best works and nominated them for the American Visions Award. These works will also be judged at the national level and one of the five will be named the American Visions winner for the state of North Dakota. 


30 Internship Opportunities

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RRVWP Receives Grant

Congratulations to the Red River Valley Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, who received a grant of $2,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

The goal of this grant is to reach 1,000 new teachers with Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) work nationwide with each participating site reaching a minimum of 50 teachers. The period of performance for this funding is October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

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NDSU - Dept. 2320
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND  58108-6050
Office Location:
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Office Phone: 701-231-7143

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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:08:43 PM