News and Announcements
The English department at North Dakota State University seeks a full-time, tenure-track Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor in Writing Studies or related field to serve in the role of First-Year Writing Director, effective August 1, 2014. Writing program roles in the department are rotating, 3-year, renewable terms; this candidate will join a vibrant writing program team.
Teaching duties: 2/2 with 1 course release while WPA. Courses include a graduate teaching seminar, undergraduate- and graduate-level rhetoric and writing classes. Administrative duties: lead a First-Year Writing Program as part of a vertical writing curriculum, collaborate with Upper-Division Writing and Writing Center Directors; provide research-supported vision for program changes; prepare new GTAs; plan and conduct professional development workshops; lead and report on program portfolio assessment; chair the First-year Writing Committee; and oversee day-to-day operations. The successful candidate will advise undergraduate, MA, and PhD students and serve on thesis and dissertation committees. The WPA must expand an existing scholarly agenda through presentations and publications.
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English Department Updates
NDSU College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Talking Points Newsletter
Kelly Sassi represented the Red River Valley Writing Project at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting November 20-22. After that, Kelly Sassi and Shari Steadman of East Carolina University co-presented on a panel titled: "Future Teachers: Strategic Implementation of Common Core State Standards in Teacher Education" at the National Council for Teachers of English Conference on Saturday, November 23rd. Kelly Sassi also chaired a session on "Negotiating Race Talk in Classrooms" by Carlin Black and Amy Carpenter Ford of Central Michigan University and Maureen Benson of Pacific Educational Groups. The discussant for the panel was Ebony Elizabeth Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania. Kelly Sassi also presented with Anne Gere (University of Michigan) and Leila Christenbury (Virginia Commonwealth University) on a panel titled "Reinventing Writing on Demand for Common Core Assessments." From November 25-26, Kelly Sassi attended the Adolescent Literature Assembly of NCTE's annual workshop, where she learned from dozens of established and new authors of Young Adult Literature. The NWP meeting, the NCTE Conference, and the ALAN workshop all took place in Boston.
Amy Rupiper Taggart contributed a review essay to the forthcoming Fall 2013 Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy. The essay focuses on two recent books--Texts of Consequence: Composing Social Activism for the Classroom and Community edited by Christopher Wilkey and Nicholas Mauriello and Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University edited by Laurie Cella and Jessica Restaino—both of which ask readers to consider what successful community-university writing and literacy partnerships should be and are like.
Pen & Pixels: May 2013
Welcome to the summer edition of our newly titled, Pen & Pixels: Notes from the NDSU Department of English. Besides the new name, this issue is a couple of pages longer than in the past and there still wasn't room to list all of "The Buzz." In this issue we sadly say goodbye to Dr. Bob O'Connor who retired after 28 years of dedicated service. We also say congratulations to our 2013-14 award and scholarship winners.
Your comments are always welcome and you can help in our attempt to keep track of our alumni by letting us know how you've been and where you are. Please send your stories, article ideas, and comments to Tina Young.
As we head into the summer months, we are already preparing for our fall issue which can be expected in late September or early October. The latest and all archived issues can be found at the newsletter page on the Department of English website.
Enjoy the bright sunny weather and happy reading!
Events and Activities
Tuesday, Dec. 3: Capstone Presentations, Hidatsa (Memorial Union), 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Capstone Presentations, Hidatsa (Memorial Union), 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6: Sigma Tau Delta Formal Induction Ceremony, Hidatsa Room (Memorial Union), 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Morrill 109, First Year Writing Brown Bag: Assignment Design/Creation presented by:
Emily Bartz on using the graphic memoir Persepolis in English 120
Cody Kaser on using Engaging Questions (our new third department rhetoric) in English 120
Andrew "Doc" Mara on active genre breaking/glitchy genre in English 120
Emily D. Wicktor on genre awareness/critically reading genre in English 120
Tuesday, Dec. 10: Capstone Presentations, Minard 214, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12: Capstone Presentations, Mandan (Memorial Union), 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13: First-Year Writing Assessment, 8:30 am -12:30 pm, Meadow Lark (Memorial Union)
Friday, Dec. 13: Holiday Luncheon, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Hidatsa (Memorial Union)
See the 2013-14 Calendar for a list of additional local events and national conferences.