News and Announcements
2014-2015 Scholarship and Teaching Award Application Available
Check out the 2014-2015 scholarship and Teaching Award application available to English Majors, English Education Majors, and Graduate Students by clicking here.
African Diaspora/Heritage Studies
NDSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in African Diaspora Heritage Studies to begin August 2014. This position will be an appointment in at least one but no more than two departments, based on the candidate’s areas of expertise: English; History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology; and Visual Arts.
Duties include interdisciplinary teaching and advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels, service on departmental and college committees, and research productivity.
Minimum Requirements: PhD in relevant field with a specialization in African Diaspora and in heritage, postcolonial, or religious studies; evidence of effective teaching at the college level; effective oral and written communication skills; evidence of an interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda.
Preferred Qualifications: We seek a dynamic colleague to support the college’s interdisciplinary mission. The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in 3 or more of the following areas, in alphabetical order: 1) arts and visual expression; 2) critical race, ethnicity, gender, identity, or sexuality studies; 3) cultural studies or historiography; ; 4) heritage or museum studies; 5) memory studies; 6) new media or digital humanities; 7) qualitative research methods; 8) religion or ritual/religious arts; 9) social justice studies; 10) world and postcolonial literatures.
Additional preferred qualifications are an ability to teach introductory and core courses within the discipline of degree and a commitment to diversity, community outreach, research collaboration, and grant acquisition.
For more information and to apply, please click here.
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.
For more information, please click here.
Northern Eclecta Call for Submissions
Do you have a story to tell? Northern Eclecta wants to hear it! If you would like to submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, photography, or quick takes to the Northern Eclecta for this year’s issue, click here.
For more information, contact:
Editor-in-Chief, Northern Eclecta Vol. 8
English Department Updates
NDSU College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Talking Points Newsletter
Adam Goldwyn, Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded a $1,000 Lorraine Murphy Award for his project, “NDSU and AUTh: A Three-Tiered Proposal for Increased Student and Faculty Collaboration,” to increase contact and student/faculty interaction (Skype lectures, short and long term exchanges, joint research projects, etc.) between NDSU and the Aristotle University of Thessalonike (Greece). The Lorraine Murphy Award is given five times a year by the NDSU Office of International Programs within the Division of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach for faculty members who are participating in collaborative endeavors with current or prospective NDSU international partners, developing and leading faculty-led study abroad programs, or engaging in international recruitment activities.
Gary Totten’s book, Mobility, Identity, Authority: The African American Travel Narrative in the Age of Jim Crow, has been accepted for publication by the University of Massachusetts Press. Totten argues that African American writers during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century produced travel narratives that challenged dominant ideologies about African American experience, expression, and identity in this period of rapid change. Totten demonstrates how the mobility of the authors represented in these narratives cut against the systematic political, economic, and social immobilization of Africans and African Americans as a result of the Atlantic Slave Trade, centuries of chattel slavery in the U.S., and decades of Jim Crow segregation. The selection of writers and texts includes Ida B. Wells’ travel writing in the United Kingdom in support of her anti-lynching work; Booker T. Washington’s European travel narrative, The Man Farthest Down; explorer Matthew Henson‘s A Negro Explorer at the North Pole; the New Negro Renaissance author and critic Jessie Redmon Fauset’s travel essays published in The Crisis; and Zora Neale Hurston’s anthropological study of religious practices in Jamaica and Haiti, Tell My Horse. The book will appear in print in early 2015.
Alison Graham-Bertolini (English/Women & Gender Studies) will present a paper at the annual conference of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Graham-Bertolini's paper is titled, ""The Twinning of Cultural Identities in Marilyn Chin's Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen" and will be presented as part of the session, Ethnic Women Writers and Gender Binaries. She is the faculty advisor to Lindsey Latozke, a finalist in NDSU's Innovation Challenge'14. Latozke reimagined services for breast cancer testing during English 325: Writing in the Health Professions with Professor Bertolini, Fall 2013. Latozke will give her final presentation, "The Breast Step Forward," on Wednesday, March 5, at 8:30AM in the MU Prairie Rose Room.
Steven Hammer, a PhD candidate in the English Department, has been offered, and will accept, a position as an Assistant Professor in Communication and Digital Media at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. Hammer is finishing his dissertation Glitch Theory: Chimeras, Opacity, and NonModern Authorship, and has his work on display at the Plains Art Museum exhibit, My Generation, Let's Take It Over: Emerging Artists in Fargo-Moorhead, until April 6. For more information, click here
Ryan Christiansen will present at the 2014 Minnesota Writing and English Conference, which will be held April 3-4 at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. Christiansen's presentation is titled "Fun and Games and Reasons to Write: Spurring technical writing literacy through role-play and game development," and he will share how he is using board games, card games, and role-playing games, as well as a fictional game development company, as the reason for students to write technical documentation, including mission and vision statements, job advertisements, resumes, letters of application, instructions, proposals, feasibility reports, and web sites. At the beginning of the semester, students get to know the “company manager” through initial one-on-one meetings, and they help to drive textbook learning by giving informative PowerPoint presentations during "company meetings." They accomplish brainstorming for technical documentation and game development through speed-dating activities, and they even get to play games during class. (Shh!...)
Andrew Mara will speak at the The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2014 National Convention, on on Friday, March 21, 2014. Mara, of North Dakota State University, will be presenting during the session, "Global Healthscapes: Beyond Articulated Identity Action Research." Mara's presentation is titled "Global Healthscapes and Body Documents: Articulated Identities as a Method" and presents some of the research he conducted on the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya. The panel also features scholars from Purdue, Northwestern University, and the University of Utah.
Kelli Sassi will be giving a presentation titled, "Writing On Demand With Common Core State Standards" at the Northwest Inland Writing Project Spring Conference in Spokane, Washington March 4-5, 2014.
Amy Rupiper Taggart and MK Laughlin will present their study, "Affect Matters: When Writing Feedback Feels Like Coercion" at the Writing Research Across Borders III conference in Paris, France on Feb. 22. Taggart and Laughlin surveyed students around the nation about their use of and response to teacher feedback, seeking to determine the types of situations in which students weren't able to productively use teacher feedback. They were particularly interested in students' affective responses, where their emotions, beliefs, values, and other affective dimensions stopped them from listening and/or revising. This conference will bring together writing researchers from around the globe.
Mariah Torgerson (English Education Undergraduate Student), Victoria Fossum (English Graduate Student), and Jordan Engelke (English Undergraduate Student) were awarded NDSU Student Miles Program Scholarships for their upcoming study abroad experiences. For more information on this program, click here.
Verena Theile’s article “Demonising Macbeth” is forthcoming in Magic and the Occult on the Early Modern Stage (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama), edited by Lisa Hopkins and Helen Ostovich (Ashgate Publishing, 2014). Theile’s article examines the role of the witches in the creation of evil, arguing that while evil resides chiefly in the character of Macbeth, fear thrives on both the image of the witches and the uncertainties that surround them culturally.
SHAKESPEARE @ The Guthrie: The Scholars Program, the English Department, and the College of AHSS are collaborating to take students to the Guthrie again this spring. This year’s trip is planned for April 26th and includes 2 shows, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at 1pm and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at 7:30pm. Contact Paul Homan or Verena Theile for more info and ticket availability.
The second annual Undergraduates Inc. conference meets on April 25-26th at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (Winona, MN). UG Inc. is a collaborative conference, committed to student research and created/supported by the English and History departments at North Dakota State University, Iowa State University, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. This year’s conference theme, “Culture, Science, and Knowledge Production: Bridging Ways of Knowing,” aims to engender interdisciplinary dialogues among emerging scholars and researchers. Contact Verena Theile or Erin Mae Clark. To view the call for proposals document, click here.
Amy Rupiper Taggart will speak at the The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2014 National Convention, on Thursday, March 20. Rupiper Taggart will chair and present during the session, "It's Not Our Mentors' World: Transformations in Composition Pedagogies, 2000 to Today." Rupiper Taggart's presentation is titled "Defining Composition Pedagog(y)(ies)." The roundtable session features contributing authors from her co-edited (with Kurt Schick and H. Brooke Hessler) collection, the Guide to Composition Pedagogies (2013).
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the NDSU University Libraries, which jointly manage the Gunlogson Endowment fund, congratulate this year’s funded scholars. Mike Christenson, associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture, and Miriam Mara, associate professor of English, were each awarded $5000 to pursue research using the archival resources of the Institute for Regional Studies. Christenson’s project, “Urban Renewal in Fargo: A Study of Architectural and Urban Epistemology,” and Mara’s project, “Anti-Abortion Rhetoric: Jane Bovard and North Dakota Not-Nice,” were described by reviewers as “exceptionally promising.” The committee that blind-reviewed the proposal applications was composed of Trista Raezer, Interim Director of NDSU Archives; Lisa Eggebraaten, Humanities Librarian; Angela Smith, Assistant Professor of English, and the committee’s chair, Emily Wicktor, Assistant Professor of English. The Gunlogson fund, established by a gift from G.B. Gunlogson’s charitable remainder trust, supports scholarly work related to the publications and archives of the Institute for Regional Studies, advancing general university outreach and NDSU’s land grant mission through Institute related activities.
Pen & Pixels: Fall Semester 2013
Welcome! Please enjoy the Fall 2013 edition of our department newsletter, Pen & Pixels: Notes from the NDSU Department of English. In this issue we introduce new faculty members and a few of the graduate students who have joined our department. We also talk about some of the events that were put on by the English Department this year, including Sena Jeter Naslund's visit to NDSU and PhD candidate Steven Hammer's Cosgrove Seminar presentation on "Integrating New Media Avant-Garde Art and Writing Practices." Additionally, we have added information for individuals who are interested in supporting the department through monetary donations, please see the link at the bottom of this page or included in the newsletter to learn more about how you can donate to the English Department!
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 Mercedes Lee.
As we head into the spring semester, we are already preparing for our spring issue which can be expected towards the end of the semester. The latest and all archived issues can be found on the "Newsletter" page.
Events and Activities
Tuesday, 4 March, 11:30-1:00, in Arikara: McGraw-Hill will host a lunch-and-learn session regarding our newest FYW writing program rhetoric—Carolyn E. Channell and Timothy W. Crusius' Engaging Questions. The session will cover basic textbook content and online tools/features, plus the textbook authors will be "there" via Skype or webcast to discuss their textbook. Because this is a new option for our program, I strongly encourage you to attend, if you're curious about switching to something new. This is also a great opportunity to hear from the actual textbook authors about the design/structure/content choices they made and why.
See the 2013-14 Calendar for a list of additional local events and national conferences.
Donating to the English Department
Thank you for your support of the NDSU English Department. If you would like to contribute financially to the department, please do so through this link: www.ndsufoundation.com/give. Please contact the department chair, Gary Totten, with any questions: email@example.com; (701) 231-7158. Mailing address: NDSU Dept. #2320, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050.