• Letter from the Chair Spring 2019

    By Dr. Patrick Collier As you know, Ball State has just finished up its centennial year with a set of inspiring celebrations and events. In addition to giving us an excuse to celebrate, anniversaries of this sort prompt reflection. Cathy Day has written previously about the English Department’s history. But what might the future hold […]

  • Patrick Collier on “Everyday Life in Middletown”

    In this interview, #bsuenglish professor Patrick Collier discusses his Virginia Ball Center seminar “Everyday Life in Middletown.” What did the project entail? These Virginia Ball seminars are semester-long projects where students get up to 15 credits for their participation, the teacher gets a fellowship, and that gets him or her out of teaching responsibility or any other responsibility […]

  • Two #bsuenglish Faculty Publish their Books (and More October Good News)

    October was filled with spooktacular achievements. Keep reading for some scary good news! Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney‘s new book, The Working Lives of of New Writing Center Directors, is officially out. Professor Patrick Collier had his book Modern Print Artefacts: Textual Materiality and Literary Value, 1890-1930s, published by Edinburgh University Press. A big congrats to you both!

  • Guest Post: Debate! by Shawna Vertrees

    So there we were, two English Education majors in the national tournament for the NEDA organization. Granted, we were in the novice round, which means our opponents had been debating for less then a year, but these were communications majors, political science majors, future lawyers and lobbyists. I imagined these students would be using glib tongues, […]