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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.

Faculty and Grad Student Facilitate Workshop at ProComm 2015 in Ireland

Professors Bruce Maylath and Andrew Mara and graduate student Matt Warner are facilitating a workshop, Instituting Learning-by-Doing best Practices in Training Programs for Technical Writers, Usability Testers, and Translators, with faculty from other universities at ProComm 2015. 



Community Writing Workshop for Survivors Hosted by the Red River Valley Writing Project and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota

On June 26-27th, there will be an Authentic Voices Writing Workshop for the community at Barry Hall. Spread the word to those who would like a safe space and some support in writing about their experiences as survivors. The book release and film screening will take place on Friday evening. There will be several RRVWP teachers leading small writing workshop groups on Saturday, the 27th.

Maureen Scott Retires after Twenty-five Years in the Department

Maureen Scott will be retiring this summer from her position as a Senior Lecturer in the department. Maureen has taught in the department for twenty-five years, and her service to her students and colleagues will be sorely missed. In recent years, Maureen has taught several of our upper-division writing courses and was willing to take on a new course such as English 325 (Writing in the Health Professions), which has become increasingly in demand after NDSU’s partnership with Sanford Health and the expansion of the university’s online nursing program. Her professionalism and dedication, as well as her optimistic and friendly demeanor, have all contributed significantly to our positive department climate.

Graham-Bertolini's Article Published in Eudora Welty Review

Alison Graham-Bertolini’s article, “Finding the Extraordinary in Welty’s ‘Music from Spain,’” will be published in the Spring issue of the Eudora Welty Review. (Vol 7, Spring2015). 


Schell Earns Prestigious Fellowship

Tatjana Schell has earned a prestigious Dissertation Fellowship from the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies. The award will include a generous stipend for the 2015-16 academic year, as well as extra funds for travel.

And the Winner Is...

At the English department awards luncheon on Monday, May 11th we honored graduating seniors, undergraduate and graduate students' work, outstanding teaching from our faculty and grad students, and lecturer, Gayle Johnson, who is retiring this spring. Congratulations everyone!

Madeline S. Gittings Scholarship Endowment Fund – Sarah Silvernail and Justin Atwell

Pamela O’Connor Memorial Scholarship – Celena Todora

Hal & Alice Dickey Memorial Scholarship – Shiyel Rittenbach

Professor Ralph Engel Memorial Scholarship – Laryssa Mortenson

Marjory Archer Haggart Memorial Scholarship – Cordel Finton and Rio Bergh

Gerald Wilson and Phyllis Krantz Hunter Scholarship Fund – Natalia Martinez

Rooney English Graduate Scholarship – Neelam Jabeen and Tatjana Schell

Mart & Lois Vogel Award for Excellence – Andrew Wolf

William Cosgrove Scholarship – Nathan Kurtti

Richard L. Johnson Endowed Scholarship – Emillee Ruhland

English Faculty Scholarship – Jenna Murphy and Alex Lien

Graduate Teaching Award – Jessica Piek

2014 Outstanding Ph.D. Paper Award – Justin Atwell

2014 Outstanding MA Paper Award – Kaylee Jangula Mootz

Vogel Teaching Awards – Emily Wicktor and Gayle Johnson

RRGSC Best Graduate Paper Award – Kellam Barta

RRGSC Runner-up Graduate Paper Award – Justin Atwell

RRGSC Best Undergraduate Paper Award – Christine Volk (St. Mary's)

RRGSC Runner-up Undergraduate Paper Award – Jordan Engelke

English and English Ed majors graduating:

1.              Nick Strom – Sigma Tau Delta member

2.              Mo Abdirahman – Sigma Tau Delta member

3.              Krista Aldrich

4.              Tyler Ringstad

5.              Jordan Engelke – Sigma Tau Delta member

6.              Grace Peterson – Sigma Tau Delta member

7.              Brittany Schneider

8.              Ryan Gustafson

9.              Abbey Leier

10.           Kasey Klinkhammer

11.           Kelsey Vogt

12.           Kelli Flieth

13.           Kylan Hilber

14.           Madelyn La Pierre Baasch

15.           Nathan Szurek



Scholarship winners: Andrew Wolf, Natalia Martinez, Laryssa Mortenson, Nathan Kurtti, Tatjana Schell, Celena Todora, Sarah Silvernail, Jenna Murphy, Emilee Ruhland


Jessica Piek, winner of the 2014 Graduate Teaching Award; Jordan Engelke, RRGSC Runner-up Undergraduate Paper Award; Kaylee Jangula Mootz, winner of the 2014 Outstanding MA Paper Award


Cordel Finton, scholarship winner


Justin Atwell, scholarship winner, RRGSC Graduate Paper Award runner-up, and winner of the 2014 Outstanding Ph.D. Paper Award


Neelam Jabeen, scholarship winner


Shiyel Rittenbach, scholarship winner


Gayle Johnson, who is retiring this spring, was a winner of a Vogel Teaching Award

The English Department at NDSU Invites Applications for Assistant Professor of American Literature

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in American literature to 1865, beginning January 2016. We seek a colleague with teaching/research expertise from the earliest period of contact and exploration through the antebellum period; expertise in Transatlantic and/or Hemispheric American studies is especially welcome. The successful candidate will join a vibrant department offering BA, BS, MA, and PhD degrees in a supportive, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere for faculty and students at all levels. Please see full description at for a full list of hiring criteria and procedures for applying. 

We seek diverse and innovative thinkers and recognize a wide range of scholarly activities in our tenure and promotion process. North Dakota State University’s English Department is committed to equity and diversity and actively seeks those scholars whose teaching, research, and/or diverse life experiences will help us extend these core values. NDSU is an EEO/AA-M/F/Vet/Disability Employer, an NSF ADVANCE institution, and one of the top 108 research universities nationwide, with a Carnegie very high research classification. (This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans' Preference requirements.) 

To apply, please send a CV and an application letter addressing minimum and preferred qualifications to search chair, Dr. Bruce Maylath, via NDSU Online Employment System  Screening will begin on 1 July 2015 and will continue until filled. 

Goldwyn Gives Seminar and Publishes Article and Translation

Dr. Adam Goldwyn has been invited to Uppsala University (Sweden) this week (May 12-15) to give a seminar series on Byzantine Ecocriticism.

Harvard University Press has just published his translation (with Dimitra Kokkinni) of John Tzetzes’s Allegories of the Illiad:

His article, “Towards a Byzantine Ecocriticism: Witches and Nature Control in the Medieval Greek Romance,” has just been published in the journal Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, a leading publication in the field:…/10.1179/0307013114Z.00000000053

Steinmann, Mara, and Mara Publish in Programmatic Perspectives

NDSU PhD student, Heather Steinmann, and professors Miriam Mara and Andrew Mara, have just published the article "North Dakota State’s Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture PhD" in the 2015 (Vol 7, No. 1) issue of Programmatic Perspectives.

Verzella and Mara Publish in Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization

PhD student, Massimo Verzella, and professor Andrew Mara have just published the article "Translocal Pragmatics: Operationalizing Postnational Heuristics to Locate Salient Cultural Overlap" in the 2015 (Vol 7, No. 1) issue of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization.

Smith Carlson Writes About Supporting Breast-feeding Mothers in the Workplace

Natalie Smith Carlson, lecturer in English and Women and Gender Studies, has an article in the recently published book It Takes a Village: The Role of the Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed. The article, "Advancing the Breast-feeding Friendly Campus" explores the necessity of a supporting community for breast-feeding mothers when returning to work.

Undergraduate Congratulations

Undergraduate English and English education major Celena Todora received a Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society scholarship for fall 2015.

Haian Abdirahman will be attending grad school this fall at UT-Austin. Haian received a McNair fellowship from Austin and accepted a Junior Fellowship at the Library of Congress for this summer. He was also awarded a fellowship through the Mosaic Program, which includes a year long internship at the Human Rights Documentation Initiative.

Jordan Engelke, and Tyler Ringstad will be attending grad school this fall at WSU-Pullman. Jordan and Tyler both were awarded $1000 recruitment awards.



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.

Birmingham and Brooks Participate in Women's Leadership Summit

Betsy Birmingham and Kevin Brooks (professors of English) co-facilitated a workshop on work-life satisfaction as part of South Dakota State University's annual Women’s Leadership Summit on April 7 in Brookings, SD.

Graham-Bertolini and Burt Perform in Lysistrata

Alison Graham-Bertolini, assistant professor of English and women and gender and Sean Burt, assistant professor of religious studies and English, performed in NDSU Theatre’s production of Lysistrata (directed by Chelsea Pace, assistant professor of movement). 

Maras Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

The Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange has awarded two Gaeltacht Summer Awards for professors of English Miriam and Andrew Mara. These grants, administered by the Fulbright Commission of Ireland, will provide tuition, room, board, and transportation for two weeks of immersion Gaelic Irish at the Oideas Gael immersion language/culture school this June/July (

Maylath Awarded for Enhancing Internationalization at NDSU

Professor Bruce Maylath has been awarded the Lorraine Elvrum Murphy Endowed International Fund Award, which is given annually to encourage and enhance internationalization at NDSU. Bruce was recognized at the NDSU Green and Golden Globe Diversity Award ceremony on April 30.

Red River Valley Writing Project Receives $10,000 Grant

The Red River Valley Writing Project has been awarded a $10,000 SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant. The purpose of this grant is to expand and develop teacher leadership to improve the teaching of writing and learning in the nation’s schools. The goal of this funding is to provide new learning opportunities for teachers in our region. The grant will fund stipends for teachers in the 2015 Summer Institute at NDSU, co-facilitated by NDSU Associate Professor Kelly Sassi, and secondary teachers Karen Taylor and Pam Fisher. The focus of this summer's institute is Writing to Learn.

30 Internship Opportunities

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

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