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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.

W-Challenge Award Winners:


1 – Joe Jessop

2 – Molly Scherer

3 – Krista Foerster


1 – Olivia Vogt

2 – Andrew Wolf

3 – Austin-Alexius Klein


1 – Jared Melville

2 – Benjamin Norman

3 – Emily Lange


1 – Alexis Pearson

2 – Alyssa Voelker

3 – Alexandra Howatt, Michelle Klose, Nicholas Hugo, and Abby Lange

Foreign Languages:

ESL: Qiying Ma

French: Michael Pfau


Greg Schlangen

Jonathan Materi

Sarah Gibbs Schnucker

Chinese: Mengkun Yang


Sundog (Overall) Winner: Jared Melville

Sundog (Overall) Honorable Mention: Olivia Vogt

Bruce Maylath has Published Two Co-authored Book Chapters

Bruce Maylath has published two co-authored book chapters:

Maylath, Bruce, and Steven Hammer. "The Imperative of Teaching Linguistics to Twenty-First-Century Professional Communicators." Teaching Culture and Communication in Global Contexts. Ed. Kirk St. Amant and Madelyn Flammia. Piscataway, NJ: Wiley-IEEE Press, 2016.

Lisaité, Donata, Sonia Vandepitte, Bruce Maylath, Birthe Mousten, Susana Valdez, Maria Castel-Branco, and Patricia Minacori. "Negotiating Meaning at a Distance: Peer Feedback in Electronic Learning Translation Environments." Translation and Meaning. Ed. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Łukasz Bogucki. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016. 99-113. Łódź Studies in Language, New Series, vol. 1.


Gordon Fraser Invited to Attend First Book Institute Summer 2016

Gordon Fraser, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a $1,500 fellowship from and invitation to the First-Book Institute at the Center for American Literary Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Hosted by Sean X. Goudie (Penn State) and Priscilla Wald (Duke), the institute aims to help early career faculty complete manuscripts for their first scholarly monographs. About 10 percent of applicants to the institute are invited to the one-week seminar.

Congratulations, Dr. Fraser!

Adam Goldwyn Received Fellowship

Adam Goldwyn received an academic year (September to May) fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University’s center for Byzantine Studies in Washington, DC, to complete a manuscript of his book project, Byzantine Ecocriticism: Humans, Nature, and Power in the Medieval Greek Romance. The book will analyze environmental ideology in Greek literature of the 12th-15th centuries. He will also complete his translation of the 12th century grammarian John Tzetzes’ Allegories of the Odyssey for Harvard University Press, which follows on his translation of the Allegories of the Iliad (Harvard UP, 2015).

Also, his lecture at the Cambridge Classical Reception Seminar Series in May, entitled "Myth, Misogyny, and Magic: Mansplaining Medea in the Middle Ages” is now officially online (scroll down a bit on the webpage):




Kelly Sassi and Denise Lajimodiere's Article Accepted for Publication

Kelly Sassi and Denise Lajimodiere's article “Culturally Responsive Art and Writing Workshop at a Native American School” has been accepted for publication in Ubiquity: The Journal for Literature, Literacy, and the Arts.


NDSU at the NWP Annual Meeting in Minneapolis

NDSU was well represented at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting November 18-20, 2015 in Minneapolis. Associate Professor Kelly Sassi, with Mark Dziedzic of the Greater Madison Writing Project, co-facilitated a retreat for 36 new directors at the meeting. 

Also at that meeting, Kelly Sassi gave a conference presentation titled, “Addressing Cultural and Ethnic Identity to Support Writing Instruction.” Her co-presenters included Circle of Nations teacher Lori Hieserich, Moorhead teacher Jenna Trosvik, and New Mexico professor Michael Thompson. Hieserich and Trosvik are teacher consultants for the Red River Valley Writing Project, which is hosted by NDSU. The conference presentation reported on a year-long professional development project at Circle of Nations Intertribal Boarding School in Wahpeton, which was funded by a SEED (Supporting Effective Educators) Grant for High-Needs Schools from the National Writing Project. 

In total, the RRVWP funded travel for 12 writing project teacher consultants. In addition to the three mentioned above, attendees included the following: co-director Karen Taylor, book discussion group leader Dan Dooher , writing retreat facilitator Angela Hase, and teacher consultant Isaac Lundberg--all of Moorhead, Adam Ching from Wahpeton, Aryelle Jones from Fargo, blog editor (and NDSU graduate student) Erika Dyk, and teacher consultant Ben Scallon from Lakota. 

These teachers stayed in Minneapolis for the NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English) Annual convention, which had about 6000 attendees this year, and about 600 sessions to choose from. Four of our attendees presented a panel presentation titled, “Sustaining Teachers through Writing on the High Plains,” chaired by Kelly Sassi. In this interactive panel, Moorhead High School teacher Angela Hase demonstrated how she models the messy process of crafting writing for her students, using her own work. Isaac Lundberg and Karen Taylor shared student-created multimodal texts on their interdisciplinary social justice project that brought students out into the community to interview citizens about issues such as homelessness. Erika Dyk anchored the presentation with a philosophical presentation about the role of stars, Young Adult Literature, isolation, and identity in writing that teachers do to stay connected and invigorate their practice. She ended the session with some ukelele playing!

Successful Grant Proposal from PhD Candidate Jessica Jorgenson

PhD candidate, Jessica Jorgenson, wrote a grant to the North Dakota Humanities Council for a large grant of $5,184.00 to support the Quixote Cafes organized by Dr. Carol Pearson and Dr. Carlos Hawley in the Modern Languages department. The money goes to support scholars Drs. Pearson and Hawley brought to campus to give talks on Cervantes' work, Don Quixote. 

The Quixote Cafe events for the fall have concluded, but the money will go to support two art exhibits, one at the Fargo Public Library and one at the Spirit room. The money will also pay for the costs associated with brining in a scholar from Stanford University, Dr. Roland Greene, who will give a public talk on Cervantes at the Fargo Public Library on April 23rd. The narrative Jessica wrote for the grant is copied below, and will give further background on the events. Please note that the public is invited, and Jessica encourages people from the NDSU English department to attend:

The years 2015 and 2016 have special significance in the history of literature: 400 years prior, in 1615, Miguel de Cervantes published the second part of his masterpiece, Don Quixote, giving us the modern novel. Also, April 23rd2016 marks 400 years since the passing of both Cervantes, father of the novel, and his English contemporary, and only peer, William Shakespeare. In order to celebrate these important occasions in the history of civilization, we have assembled seven events, called Quixote Cafés. 

 Each Quixote Café engages the community in myriad ways, whether it is through an art exhibit, a public performance, sharing in a public reading, or critically listening to a scholarly lecture. During the month of September, we are hosting jazz radio shows with Bill Law to promote Cervantes’ work and life. On September 26th, the NDSU Modern Languages department is bringing Dr. Bruce Burningham to North Dakota State University’s campus to have him share a public lecture on Cervantes. On this same date, the Modern Languages department at NDSU will also host a round table on Cervantes and invite the public to a small banquet following the presentations. To wrap up our Quixote Café series, the NDSU Modern Languages department is working with the Spirit Room and the Fargo Public Library to host a public art exhibit sharing visual artistic works inspired by selected scenes in Cervantes’ novel, Don Quixote. Our series concludes on April 23, 2016 with a public lecture titled “400 Years Ago Today: What Ended? What Began?” from Stanford professor Dr. Roland Greene at the Fargo Public Library.  

The Quixote Café Series has significant value to the Fargo-Moorhead community. Our arts and culture scene is filled with visual arts events, but literary events are often underrepresented. Quixote Cafés will focus on giving a voice to Cervantes’ novel and its influence over writing, cinema, music, visual arts, theater, and scholarship. Two renowned scholars are invited and regional participation is employed through community readers, actors, singers, and studies. We at the Spirit Room, Fargo Public Library and NDSU envision these offerings as free public access to a wide range of expressions of the humanities involving grassroots collaborations between a variety of organizations and individuals and engaging the public in the multiple and compelling themes found in Cervantes’ work.

NDSU University Student and McNair Scholar Celena Todora Attended Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies  

Celena Todora, who is majoring in English, English education, and international studies, attended to the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies held September 25-27, 2015 on the campus of York College of Pennsylvania. The workshop is an opportunity for students to grow as skilled researchers. Students submit an application for consideration, outlining a proposed research project. Two dozen students were accepted and received funding to attend the event.

Over the course of this weekend-long workshop, students develop their own research projects by engaging in seminars on composition research, collaborating with teams of experienced scholars and peer researchers, and crafting research artifacts during independent time. After sharing their ideas, their experience, and their spirit of inquiry, Naylor scholars return to their home institutions ready to conduct research.

Todora’s research focuses on “grit,” the ability for a person to be tenacious. Prior to the workshop, she had done extensive reading in Duckworth’s work on this trait. She was interested to see how composition instructors can potentially help students foster grit. Her faculty mentor at NDSU is Professor Amy Rupiper Taggart of the English Department. Todora said, “The Naylor Workshop was a significant experience for me because I was able to learn more about qualitative and quantitative methods. I was also incredibly lucky that one of the faculty experts at the conference shared my interest in grit, so we collaborated to create a project together. We hope to investigate whether or not service-learning-based courses can enhance basic writing students’ grit.”

Naylor Scholars from last year’s inaugural workshop present their research at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2015 and other venues, some students winning awards for best presentation. It is expected that the 2015 Naylor Workshop Scholars will be similarly successful. Professor Joyce Kinkead of Utah State University, who served as the Plenary speaker for the workshop said, “Celena’s initial proposal was one of the best received, and she continued that high quality of work throughout the weekend. NDSU has every reason to be proud of her.”

Attending the Naylor Workshop helps students become part of a network of undergraduates from varying institutions, who are guided by mentor faculty members. One of the real benefits of the Naylor Workshop is discussing one-on-one with writing researchers in the fields of composition, rhetoric, or writing center studies to discuss research ideas, goals, and methodologies. Participants also engage in intensive workshops to assess the quality of research, design a research question, and learn and practice qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini, the inaugural Naylor Endowed Professor in Writing Studies, oversees the conference. He said, “We are fortunate to have a stellar group of students who are interested in diverse topics. They are passionate about their topics, and over the three-day workshop, they move from research question to poster presentation.”

For more information about the Naylor Workshop and to consider application for the 2016 event, see this website: This workshop is suitable for undergraduate students of any major who are interested in developing and conducting research projects to expand knowledge and improve practices in fields of composition, rhetoric, and writing center studies.

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