In the latest installment of our “Good News” series, the Ball State English Department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students.
Elisabeth Buck, a Teaching Assistant
and PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition, has been selected to receive the Doctoral Level Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015-2016 from Ball State. She has also been nominated for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching award. Congratulations, Elisabeth, on the award and nomination!
Prof. Lyn Jones received a Provost Immersive Learning Grant for her “Rethinking the Stories We Publish, Shelve, and Read” project for summer and fall 2016 semesters.
Prof. Adrienne Bliss presented “Framing Prison Narratives: Confining the Voice” as part of the American Criminology and Penology panel at the 2015 Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
Alicia Miller and Sara Isaacson, MA TESOL students, successfully presented their research project at Second Language Research Forum, in Atlanta, GA, in October 2015. The conference is a national-level, refereed conference in second language research. The project is based on Alicia’s term paper from a course, ENG 624 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition, she took in Spring 2015. Congratulations, Alicia and Sarah!
Prof. Katy Didden presented a paper on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen at the Society for the Study of American Women Writer’s Conference. Didden also had poems accepted for publication by The Kenyon Review and Ecotone.
Prof. Cathy Day will be the Writer-in-Residence at Hanover College for the month of March. She will be living on campus, giving public talks, and meeting with students interested in novel-writing. Professor Day was also invited to UNC-Wilmington to be their annual honors spring speaker, and she made the Indianapolis Monthly’s list of Indiana’s current great novelists.
Profs. Debbie Mix, Pat Collier, and Emily Rutter attended the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Boston. At the Distinctly American Lyrics panel, Rutter presented “When ‘I’ Means ‘We’: Gwendolyn Bennett’s and Mae Cowdery’s ‘Heritage’ Poems” and Mix presented “‘We must both be here’: Lyric Poetry and Political Engagement.” Collier presented his own work as well as the award for Best Edition/Edited Collection. In addition to the awards work, Collier was also invited to attend a seminar called “Print Culture and Popularity.”
Alysia Sawchyn, a recently graduated M.A. student, had a nonfiction piece accepted for publication in a special ghost issue of Indiana Review. The issue will be published in May 2016. Sawchyn is currently working on her MFA in creative writing.
Ashley Ford, a regular contributor to ELLE magazine, recently published an essay titled On the Invisibility of Black Pain on Campus.
Prof. Peter Davis recently had poems published in The Awl, Juked, Interrupture, Ampersand, Sixth Finch, Powder Keg, and Poet Lore. More poetry will be forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review and The Believer. Davis’s book TINA was also reviewed by Stephen Burt in Coldfront.
Profs. Carolyn MacKay and Frank Trechsel published an article titled “Totonac-Tepehua Genetic Relationships” in Amerindia.
Prof. Jill Christman‘s new essay “Going Back to Plum Island” appeared in this month’s edition of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. Editors have nominated the essay for a Pushcart Prize. Ball State community can access River Teeth through the Project Muse database in our library site.