Good News about faculty, students, and alumni




Al Vitale has won the IU South Bend Distinguished Associate Faculty Teaching Award. He will be presented with the award by the Academic Senate on November 20.

Ken Smith won the Eldon F. Lundquist Award for community service throughout the Michiana region.

Joe Chaney received an Indiana University New Frontiers Exploration Travelling Fellowship grant to travel to Lille, France, to give a presentation on “Metissages et Mediations” in January 2009.

Joe Chaney received a Fulbright Fellowship to Hong Kong to implement a new general education plan at eight Hong Kong universities for the academic year 2009-2010.

Smiljka Cubelic was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

A record five members of the department won the Trustees’ Teaching Award for their stellar teaching: Nancy Botkin; Smiljka Cubelic; Lee Kahan; Kelcey Parker; and Sally Smits.

Lee Kahan received a Faculty Research Grant for summer 2009 to work on his book project on eighteenth-century information circulation.

Clayton Michaels, with Randy Isaacson of Education, was awarded a Curriculum Development grant to facilitate linking W130 and Education U100 classes.


Elaine Roth's co-edited book, Motherhood Misconceived: Representing the Maternal in U.S. Films, has just been released by SUNY Press.

Lecturer Clayton Michaels had two poems accepted by The Prism Review.

Nancy Botkin's chapbook, In Waves, was released in Fall 2009 by March Street Press. Her poems have appeared recently in The Laurel Review, Eclipse, and Fifth Wednesday Journal. She was solicited by Poetry East for a special edition on the theme of "Seasons." They accepted a poemtitled "GYN."

Kelcey Parker’s collection of short stories, For Sale By Owner, will be published by Kore Press in 2010. She has a story forthcoming in Redivider and was featured as Artist of the Month for November 2009 at Image Journal.

Bobby Meyer-Lee’s essay “The Vatic Penitent: John Audelay’s Self-Representation” will appear in a collection published by Medieval Institute Press. 

Anne Magnan-Park had an article on Franco-Vietnamese writer Linda Le published in a special issue of Women in French.

Sally Smits had a poem published in Sou’wester.

Ken Smith edited the spring issue of Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, which includes an editor’s introduction.


Professor Bobby Meyer-Lee gave an invited lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entitled “Representing Chaucer: History, Value, and the Chaucer Edition.” He also held a seminar there on “The Axiological Logic of Chaucer’s House of Fame.”

Professor Joe Chaney presented a paper on Hamlet for the General Education Salon Series at Chinese U of Hong Kong. The title was "Shakespeare's Hamlet: The Text Whose Fate Cries Out."

Lecturer Alisea McLeod presented a paper—"Slave and Farmer: the Civil War Experience of Daniel Williams"—at the Conference on the Civil War (The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; October 30-31, 2009). Williams is McLeod's great-great-grandfather and his story is a case study for the subject of black farming during the war.

Senior Lecturer Smiljka Cubelic presented at the 6th annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (issotl) in Bloomington, IN, October 22-25. She presented for the 200-level Writing Committee the following title – "The Pedagogy of Professionalization in the Age of On-Line Networking: Merging Academic Rigor with Workplace Applications."

Lee Kahan presented his research as part of the Deans' Seminar Series in fall 2009 . His presentation is titled, "The Talk of the Town: Publicity and Female Propriety in the Fictions of Frances Burney." He also gave a talk on Gender in Literature for the student publication New Views on Gender.

Kelcey Parker presented "Lost in Space: Fictions of Women in Suburbia" as part of the Women's Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series in November 2009. The talk is based on her article, "'Something is wrong in the house' of fiction: Domestic and Gothic Hauntings in Kathryn Davis's Hell," published online at MP Journal.

Jake Mattox and Elaine Roth presented papers at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.

Angela Huetl presented at the 4th Annual Multicultural Education Seminar at the University of Southern Indiana with Gail Hadley, and Cynthia Murphy Wardlow on "Creating Holistic Communities for Latino Student Success.”


Kyoko Takanashi won an Associate Faculty Grant to travel to present a paper at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference at Duke University.

David Dodd Lee won an Associate Faculty Grant to travel to attend the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Chicago.


Bobby Meyer-Lee is currently serving as Associate Chair of Curriculum.

Nancy Botkin
is serving as Associate Director of the First-Year Writing program, while also serving as the co-chair of the Campus Theme for 2009-2010, with Steven Gerencser of the Political Science department.


In April, Lee Kahan helped organize IU South Bend’s first Undergraduate Research Conference, which was a big success. English department faculty members who participated in the conference included Anne Magnan-Park, Clayton Michaels, Kelcey Parker, and Ken Smith. Students presented work that grew out of English classes they took with Anne Magnan-Park, Jake Mattox, Kelcey Parker, Elaine Roth, and Sally Smits.

Professors Nancy Botkin, Jessica Chalmers, Kelcey Parker, and Linda Wilson hosted a Student Art Exhibit Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in DW 3001, featuring work from Arts, Aesthetics, & Creativity courses (ENG-A190, ENG-A399). The exhibit included student works of photography, video, books, and collage.

Study Abroad

In Summer session I, Joe Chaney, with Women’s Studies Professor April Lidinsky, brought students to London and Paris on an international program, in conjunction with the classes T390 “Becoming Modern: London and Paris, 1660-1870” and W250 “Genres of the Self.”

Undergraduate Activity

Mitch Robinson has been selected as the 2010 Editor of IUSB's literary journal, Analecta.

Many English majors participated in IU South Bend’s first Undergraduate Research Conference, which was a big success. Majors who presented their work included Susie Bower, Greg Burosh, Tim Chupp, Schawan Harris, Jake Jones, Adrienne Latson, Heather Martin, and Mitch Robinson. Creative Writing minors Jeff Carrier and Cody Miller also presented .

Graduate Student Activity


Recent M.A. graduate Naoko Fujimoto served as editor for the 2009 Analecta, IUSB's literary journal. Her artwork was also selected for the 2009 Art Beat Commemorative Poster.

Several recent English majors were accepted to graduate school for fall 2009:

-Ryan Smith has been accepted into Notre Dame's Master of Fine Arts program in poetry.

-Ann Weedon will be attending Bowling Green State University’s American Culture Studies graduate program.

-Scot Briggs, an alum who has been working as an editor for the St. Mary’s College Magazine, has been accepted to the MFA program in poetry at Texas State University San Marcos.

Recent M.A. graduate Jessica Kaiser was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to pursue the PhD in American Studies at Purdue University.

Talia Reed's chapbook of poetry, This Admirable Miry Clay, was published at Dancing Girl Press.

Adrienne Latson
had an article published in the 2008 IU South Bend Undergraduate Research Journal.

Eric Gingerich is in his second year of teaching English in South Korea.

New Developments

The department is very pleased to announce this year the kick-off of a national poetry competition in the name of the former department chair and IUSB Chancellor, Lester Wolfson. The Wolfson Poetry Award contest will be held for the first time in 2009-2010 and should draw national attention to IU South Bend, the English Department, and the Creative Writing program. David Dodd Lee will oversee the contest.

Literary Events

Frances Hwang reads from her fiction November 23, 2009.

Darrin Doyle kicked off the 2009-10 Reading Series in October 2009.

Ashley Capps and Michael Dumanis gave poetry readings in spring 2009.

Susan Choi served as judge for the2009 departmental literary awards, including the Wolfson poetry prize, and read from her new novel, A Person of Interest, after the awards were presented.

In a spring 2009 event connected to the campus theme – Revolutions in Thought -- Jonathan Noble gave a presentation on a Chinese production of a play about Che Guevara. (hosted by Anne Magnan-Park)

If you are an English Department faculty member, student (including minors), or alum with news or updates, please contact:
Kelcey Parker