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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.

NDSU PhD Student, Justin Atwell, to Serve on Bedford/St. Martins TA Advisory Board

Justin Atwell, PhD student, has been selected as one of ten graduate teaching assistants to serve on the Bedford/St. Martins TA Advisory board for 2015. Justin was chosen based on his research on writing in science and his teaching experience. He will receive a $1000 stipend and travel to Boston for a board meeting. The meeting will allow Justin to network and learn about the publishing field.

Maylath, Sorensen, Hammer Publish in Connexions

Bruce Maylath and former PhD students Karen Sorensen and Steven Hammer have just published the article “Synchronous and asynchronous online international collaboration: The Trans-Atlantic & Pacific Project” in the 2015 issue (3.1) of Connexions.

Graham-Bertolini Publishes in Southern Quarterly

Alison Graham-Bertolini’s article “‘Broad and slow and yellow’: Navigating the Lower Mississippi with Shirley Ann Grau” will appear in the spring 2015 issue of Southern Quarterly.  

Andrianova Publishes Article in the Journal Modern Drama

Anastassiya Andrianova, lecturer in English, just published an article entitled “A Postcolonial Reading of Lesia Ukraïnka’s Orhiia” was published in the journal Modern Drama  (Toronto UP). 

Birmingham Invited to Serve on Editorial Board

Betsy Birmingham, professor of English, was invited by the founding editors of Rising Dragon: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Pacific Rim Studies to serve of on the journal’s editorial board. The journal explores the intersections of Pacific Rim Studies with the scholarly conversations about digital media and popular and cultural studiesIf you are interested in reviewing manuscripts for this journal, please send contact information and expertise to 

Burt's Paper Subject of Meeting of Twin Cities Hebrew Bible Colloquium

A paper by Sean Burt, assistant professor of religious studies and English, was the subject of a meeting of the Twin Cities Hebrew Bible Colloquium in St. Paul on Mar. 7. Burt’s paper was entitled, “‘Your Torah Is My Delight’: The Poetics of Immanence in Psalm 119.” 

Members of the English Department Participate in 2015 Conference on College Composition & Communication

Five members of the English Department—Kevin Brooks, professor; Andrew Mara, associate professor; Bruce Maylath, professor; and Ph.D. student Theresa Gaumond and M.A. student Ibtissem Belmihoub—participated in the 2015 Conference on College Composition & Communication, held March 18-21, in Tampa, Fla. Brooks chaired a panel that included Gaumond and Belmihoub titled “From Fire to Fire: Examining the Complexity of Learning from Refugee Adult English Learners.” Jill Motschenbacher, Lecturer in Soil Sciences, also contributed to this panel.  Maylath took part in the discussion of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Special Interest Group. 

Brooks and Lindgren Publish

Kevin Brooks, professor of English, and Chris Lindgren (MA at NDSU, currently ABD at Minnesota) published "Responding to the Coding Crisis: From Code Year to Code Decade" in the digital book, Strategic Discourses: The Politics of (New) Literacy Crises.   

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. 

Brooks and Birmingham Participate in Building Bridges Conference

Brooks and Birmingham facilitated an Open Space Technology session at the annual Building Bridges Conference sponsored by Lutheran Social Services in Fargo, March 25th. One hundred participants identified eight conversations our North Dakota communities need to have to better resource, support, and welcome New Americans and create opportunities for success. The groups had the identified conversations and developed action plans. 

Mara Presents at American Conference for Irish Studies

Miriam O’Kane Maraassociate professor, is presenting “How Networks Define Us: #Counterparts,” at Irish Speculations: Space, Time, History, the American Conference for Irish Studies 2015 national meeting in Miami. 

Maylath Speaks at Association of Teachers of Technical Writing's Annual Conference

At the 2015 annual conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, also meeting in Tampa on March 18, Bruce Maylathprofessor, served as an invited speaker for the roundtable discussion “What We Value as a Field.”  

RRVWP and Plains Art Museum Serve as State Affiliate for Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Red River Valley Writing Project, at NDSU, under the direction of associate professor Kelly Sassi, partnered with the Plains Art Museum to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The affiliate publicized the competition, increasing participation in North Dakota from 20 to 120 submissions of art and writing from students in grades 7-12 around the state. The affiliate also judged the entries and held an awards ceremony for state award winners on February 17th at the Plains Art Museum. On March 16, national winners were announced, and there were two national winners from the state of North Dakota. Zach Howatt, a 10th grader at Northern Cass High School, won a gold medal in art for his drawing “Daughter of Man,” and Sophie Glessner, an 11th grader at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo, who won a silver medal in writing for her short story “That’s How Summer Passed.” More than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards’ 28 categories, which include poetry, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design and more. All national Award-winning high school seniors gain access to a special scholarship pool of more than $10 million through Alliance partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities across the U.S. 

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?"

30 Internship Opportunities

Thirty companies are looking for interns.  Please click on this link:

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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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: Friday, April 24, 2015 2:20:42 PM