Good News about Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni

Spring 2016

Kyoko Takanashi was inducted into FACET!

Kelcey Ervick won a 2016 Trustees Teaching Award.

Chu He and Benjamin Balthaser were awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor!

Joshua Giorgio-Rubin and Clayton Michaels were both promoted to Senior Lecturer!

Diane Economakis received a SEED Grant for an iPad Air 2 to help design and teach her ENG-T 190 course, "Music and Literature."

Several of our English majors and minors were recognized at this year's Undergraduate Research Conference: Seth Umbaugh (with Kyoko Takanashi) and Chad Morgan (with Jake Mattox) received Honorable Mentions in the Humanities; and Kim Kring (with Kelcey Ervick) was the winner in Creative Arts.

Kelcey Ervick had a flash fiction piece, "After the Lovers," published in the May issue of Superstition Review, and was invited to be a Guest Author at Culver Academy's Awards for Excellence in Writing in April 2016.

Jessica Deckard Mann, an instructor of First-Year Writing, was named Mishawaka High School Teacher of the Year.

McKenzie Tozan had poems and one essay published with Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, The Spooklet, The James Franco Review, Whale Road Review, Emerge Literary Journal, New Mexico Review, and Birds Piled Loosely, as well as two anthologies: All We Can Hold: Poems on Motherhood and Bared: Women's Poetry. She also presented the panel, "Poetry and (Work)Place: Inviting Your Vocation into Your Poetry" at the 2016 Kalamazoo Poetry Festival.

Mary Anna Violi's trilogy, Spirited Constellations, was published in both print and e-book.

Kyoko Takanashi's article, "Sherlock's 'Brain Attic': Information Culture and the Liberal Professional Dilemma," has been accepted by the journal, PMLA.

Jen Lindley's article, "The Happy Family Playbook" won the National Magazine Award in the "Personal Service" category.

David Dodd Lee's ninth book of poems, Animalities, was reviewed by The Rumpus, Scout, Poetry in Review, and Ocean Slate Review. He also recently had poems published in Handsome, Barrow Street Review, Juked, Stonecoast Review, Ghost Town, Black Tongue Review, Jet Fuel Review, Map Literary, Sugar House Review, Birds Piled Loosely, and Laurel Review.

Benjamin Balthaser's book, Anti-Imperialist Modernism: Race and Transnational Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War, was published by the University of Michigan Press.

42 Miles Press: Mouth by Tracey Knapp was listed on Slate's "Overlooked Books of 2015" and praised by Stephen Burt, Harvard professor and New York Times literary critic.


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Note: The Department of English will continue to post new events in Fall 2016. Stay tuned!