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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.

All members of the NDSU community (faculty, staff, students) are invited to attend the 56th Faculty Lectureship entitled “Where Has A Century of Monolingualism Got Us?” by Bruce Maylath, Professor of English, on Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm, in the Memorial Union’s Century Theater. A reception will follow the lecture.  Registration by April 3 is appreciated but not required. Register here. 

Dr. Bruce Maylath is NDSU’s director of Upper-Division Writing and co-founder and coordinator of the Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Project, a network linking writing, usability testing and translation classes at 28 universities in 15 countries. He joined the NDSU faculty in 2007, and teaches courses in linguistics and international technical writing.  

The Faculty Lectureship, one of the oldest and most prestigious of the University’s awards, recognizes sustained professional excellence in teaching, scholarly achievement, and service among current faculty at NDSU. The Faculty Lectureship is conferred on an individual who has demonstrated excellence in all three areas.

Congratulations, Dr. Maylath! Please consider joining us this Thursday!

English Education Students @ NDACTE Conference

NDSU English education students Sommer Forkenbrock, Shaylee Thomas and Madi Novacek will be presenting with NDSU graduate student Camille Forlano, Associate Professor Kelly Sassi, and West Fargo 7th grade teacher Alissa Helm about their collaborative field experience teaching Winterdance by Gary Paulsen at the North Dakota Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Annual Conference April 7, 2017 at Minot State University. Here is a photo of Kelly providing teaching feedback to Kerstyn Kutz-Samek and Camille Forlano during the field experience. Photo by NDSU photographer Justin Eiler.

Language Diversity Ambassadors

English lecturers Kellam Barta and Megan Even got some press recently with a Spectrum article on the newly formed Language Diversity Ambassadors group on campus.

Senior Jenna Murphy's Capstone Project Recognition

Senior Jenna Murphy's capstone project got campus wide recognition this month with a banner story. Check it out here.

Assistant Professor of Professional/Technical/Scientific Rhetoric and Writing Position Open

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks a full-time, tenure-track new or advanced Assistant Professor in Professional/Technical/Scientific Rhetoric and Writing or related field for employment beginning August 16, 2017.

For more information, see full listing here.

English Graduate Students Presentation

NDSU English graduate students Tony Albright and Luc Chinwongs presented at the National Writing Project's Annual Meeting, November 16-18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Their presentation, "Transformative Narratives of the Journey to and from Soldierhood: What Writing Projects Can Learn from Working with Veterans," was chaired by Associate Professor Kelly Sassi and included a literature review presented via video by NDSU English undergraduate Camille Forlano, a McNair scholar.

Scholarship Applications for 2017-2018

Scholarship applications for current and incoming students are accepted beginning December 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017 for the English department. 

To complete the online scholarship application please use the following link: and click on the "apply now" button.  You will then be asked to log in using the same credentials that you use for blackboard. 

We hope you find the system easy to use.  For general information, you can also refer to the video on the scholarship information page 

 All external scholarships will also be listed on the same site so log in often to see if new opportunities have been added for you.

REMEMBER: Be sure to observe the criteria and deadline for each scholarship. It is the student's responsibility to submit the scholarship application and respond to all additional questions posed.

2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

Each year the English Department, in conjunction with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences awards more than $9,000 to deserving undergraduate and graduate students. Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients on their honors and achievements.

Richard L. Johnson Scholarship- Emilee Ruhland

Rooney English Graduate Scholarship- Alison Driscoll

Ralph Engel Scholarship- Andrew Wolf

Hal & Alice Dickey Memorial Scholarship- Natalia Martinez

G. Wilson Hunter Scholarship- Natalia Martinez

Mart & Lois Vogel Scholarship- Shaylee Thomas & Alex Lien

Pamela O'Connor Scholarship- Shaylee Thomas, Jenna Murphy, & Andrew Wolf

Madeline S. Gittings Scholarship- Jenna Murphy, Margaret Silvernail, Sarah Silvernail, & Justin Atwell

William Cosgrove Scholarship- Nathan Kurtti

English Faculty Scholarship- Neelam Jabeen & Adam Copeland


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.


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

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