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Seven Faculty in English Awarded Development Leaves

Seven faculty from the Department of English have been awarded faculty development leaves for the 2008-2009 academic year: Craig Baehr, Thomas Barker, Scott Baugh, Locke Carter, Dennis Covington, Miles Kimball, and Constance Kuriyama.

December 17, 2007

Arts & Sciences Faculty Awarded Over $558,000 in 2007 REF Competition

Twenty-five faculty in seven Arts and Sciences departments are recipients of awards recently announced for the 2007 Research Enrichment Fund Grant Competition, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. A total of $558,636 (56% of the overall available funds) is represented in twenty separate awards to A&S faculty ranging from $4,650 to $35,000, for an average award of $27,932. English received the most awards (eight) for a department total of $149,868. Environmental Toxicology received the next most number (four) for a total of $135,270. (See more after the link.)

December 11, 2007

John Poch to Publish New Book of Poetry

Dr. John Poch, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will have his next full-length collection of poetry, Dolls, published by Orchises Press in December, 2008.

December 7, 2007

Ann Daghistanty Ransdell Publishes Article

Dr. Ann Daghistany Ransdell, an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English, has published the article "Black Ghostliness and Historical Allegory in Alcott's 'The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation'" in the December 2007 issue of Women's Studies (36.8: 573-596).

December 7, 2007

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe Wins $25K NEA Fellowship

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, is the recipient of a 2008 $25,000 Literature Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts.

December 4, 2007

Stephen Jones Wins Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Stephen Jones, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English and author of five books (with a sixth forthcoming), is this year's recipient of the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award.

November 28, 2007

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Technical Communication Formally Approved

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved TTU's proposal to offer the B.A. in Technical Communication (previously a specialization of the B.A. in English). We are the only institution in Texas offering the B.A., the M.A., and the Ph.D. in Technical Communication. 
Dr. Thomas Barker, Professor and Director of Technical Communication in the Department of English, deserves special thanks for writing and revising the degree proposal and guiding it through its multiple administrative reviews.

November 5, 2007

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe to Publish Third Book of Poetry

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will publish her third poetry collection, Ordinary, in 2008 with Lewis-Clark Press. The collection includes the long poem "Box of Light: Solstice in the Jardin du Luxembourg," a project enabled by a grant from the Texas Tech Arts & Humanities Initiative.

November 5, 2007

Three A&S Faculty Featured in Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

On October 30 at 3:30 in the Merket Center, the President's Lecture & Performance Series will feature a panel discussion by the most recent winners of the President's Book Award: Dr. Gary Forsythe of History, Dr. Hafid Gafaiti of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, and Dr. Stephen Graham Jones of English. The event and reception to follow are free and open to the public.

October 17, 2007

Kirk St. Amant Publishes Article

Dr. Kirk St. Amant, an Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, has published the article "International Outsourcing, Personal Data, and Cyberterrorism: Approaches for Oversight" in the edited collection Cyber Warfare and Cyber Terrorism, eds. Lech J. Janczewski and Andrew M. Colarik (IGI Global, 2007).

October 11, 2007

Sara Spurgeon Publishes Article

Dr. Sara Spurgeon, an Assistant Professor of Literature of the Southwest in the Department of English, will publish the article "Miracles in the Desert: Literature, Water, and Public Discourse in the American West" in the next issue of the journal ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment).

October 3, 2007

Scott Baugh and Sara Spurgeon Publish Article

Dr. Scott Baugh and Dr. Sara Spurgeon, Assistant Professors in the Department of English, have published the article "Conversing Brokeback Mountain's Varied Spaces and Contested Desires," in Intertexts: Journal of Comparative and Theoretical Reflection [10.2 (2007): 155-180] as part of a special issue devoted to the film.

September 26, 2007

Michael Borshuk to Publish Short Story

Dr. Michael Borshuk, Assistant Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English, will publish "The Poetics of the Turntable" in the next issue of Arabesques Review. The short story will be featured both in the paper version of the journal and on the website http://www.arabesquespress.org/journal/index.html

September 26, 2007

Ann Hawkins is Guest Curator at Folger Shakespeare Library

Dr. Ann Hawkins, an Associate Professor of Bibliography in the Department of English, is guest curator of a new exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library, "Marketing Shakespeare: The Boydell Gallery (1789-1805) and Beyond." The exhibition runs through January 5, 2008. The online version of the exhibition (about 1/3 of the items), is available at http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=2475

September 21, 2007

Stephen Jones Publishes Short Stories

Dr. Stephen Jones, associate professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has the following short stories published and forthcoming: "Code" in Grasslimb, "'Tis the Season" and "Animals I've Known" in Passages North, "The Mourners" in Fourth River, "do(this)" in Asimov's, "Hell on the Homefront Too" in Cemetery Dance, "Pistil, Stamen, Bloom" in Kaleidotrope, and "The Sadness of Two People Meeting in a Bar" in Red Rock Review. In addition, the issue of Yellow Medicine Review that Dr. Jones edited has been published.

September 19, 2007

Kirk St. Amant Elected to TTU Teaching Academy

Dr. Kirk St. Amant, an Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, has been elected to the TTU Teaching Academy. The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 27, at 3 pm, in the Escondido Theater of the Student Union Building.

September 19, 2007

Sean Grass to Publish Article

Dr. Sean Grass, associate professor of Victorian Literature in the Department of English, will publish the essay "Great Expectations, Self-narration, and the Power of the Prison" in a volume entitled Stones of Law, Bricks of Shame: Imprisonment in Victorian Fiction, eds. Frank Lauterbach and Jan Alber, ( U of Toronto P, 2008).

September 17, 2007

Three English Faculty Part of Team Awarded THECB Grant

Drs. Rich Rice, Assistant Professor, Fred Kemp, Associate Professor, and Rebecca Rickly, Associate Professor, all in the Department of English, with co-participants Drs. Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz and Doug Hamman of the College of Education, will work in partnership with Dallas County Community College District on a $250,000 research project funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The project is a Phase III course redesign that follows a Phase I grant awarded last year. Total award to TTU in Phase I was $124,714; total award to TTU in Phase III is $119,018. The project includes the development of database-delivered "smartcast" dynamic video content that accompanies hybrid first-year composition delivery methods.

September 17, 2007

Bruce Clarke Publishes Article

Dr. Bruce Clarke, a Professor of Literature and Science in the Department of English, has published the article "Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Neocybernetics" in Subject Matters: A Journal of Communications and the Self (Special Issue on Posthuman Conditions 3.2/4.1, 2007).

September 12, 2007

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe to Publish New Young Adult Novel

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has a new young adult novel, The Red Queen's Daughter, slated for October publication by Hyperion. Publishers Weekly reports that the initial printing will be 125,000 copies.

September 12, 2007

Marjean Purinton Publishes Two Articles

Dr. Marjean Purinton, a Professor of British Romantic Literature in the Department of English, has published two articles: "George Colman's The Iron Chest and Blue-Beard and the Pseudoscience of Curiosity Cabinets" in Victorian Studies 49.2 (Winter 2007), pp. 250-57; and "Three of Thomas Lovell Beddoes's Dramatic Fragments: Fractured Techo-Gothic Appendages and Thomas Beddoes's Hygeia." in The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes, edited by Ute Berns and Michael Bradshaw (Aldershot: Ashgate 2007), pp. 177-192. 

September 12, 2007

John Poch to Publish Poems and Short Story

Dr. John Poch, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has poems forthcoming in Blackbird, Passages North, Subtropics, Colorado Review, and American Literary Review as well as a short story forthcoming in The Sun.

September 11, 2007

Dennis Covington Publishes Three Nonfiction Pieces

Dennis Covington, professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has three new publications: "Should We Believe in Belief?" in Paste, "Diagnosis/Cure" in Creative Nonfiction, and "The Persistence of Belief" in Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion.

September 10, 2007

Angela Eaton Wins $50,000 Grant for Texas Boys Ranch

In a good example of civic engagement, Dr. Angela Eaton, an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, wrote a grant to the Mayer Foundation for Texas Boys Ranch that was funded for $50,000. The Ranch is a residential treatment facility for abused boys in Lubbock, and the money will help it finish building its most recent cottage.

September 10, 2007

John Poch Publishes Essay

Dr. John Poch, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has published the essay "Pimp My Writing" in the September/October 2007 issue of Poets & Writers.

August 27, 2007

John Poch Named Series Editor for Poetry Prize

Dr. John Poch, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has been named Series Editor for the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. One book is selected each year for the prize and is published by UNT Press.

August 6, 2007

Mary Jane Hurst Awarded Second Grant for Taylor Dance Performances

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst, Professor of English and Faculty Assistant to the President, has been awarded a second grant to support the Taylor Dance Company performances at Texas Tech University on January 11 and 12, 2008. Funding from the Mid-America Arts Alliance has just been announced and will be in addition to funding previously announced by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

July 31, 2007

Ann Daghistany Ransdell to Publish Article

Dr. Ann Daghistany Ransdell, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English, will publish the article "Black Ghostliness and Historical Allegory in Alcott's The Abbott's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation" in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

July 6, 2007

Sean Grass to Publish Article

Dr. Sean Grass, Associate Professor of Victorian Literature in the Department of English, will publish the essay "Piracy, Race, and Domestic Peril in Hard Cash" in the collection Piracy in Victorian Literature and Culture, forthcoming from Ashgate Press.

June 27, 2007

Min-Joo Kim to Publish Article

Dr. Min-Joo Kim, assistant professor of Linguistics in the Department of English, will publish the article "Formal Linking in Internally Headed Relatives" in the journal Natural Language Semantics.

June 25, 2007

Michael Borshuk Appointed Magazine Columnist on Jazz and Film

Dr. Michael Borshuk, assistant professor of African American Literature in the Department of English, has been invited by the jazz magazine Coda to contribute a regular column on jazz and film, beginning with the September/October issue.

June 15, 2007

Ken Baake Publishes Article

Dr. Ken Baake, associate professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, has published "Decision-Making in a Quasi-Rational World: Teaching Technical, Narratological, and Rhetorical Discourse in Report Writing" in the June 2007 issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication (pp. 163-171).

June 14, 2007

Colleen Fitzgerald to Speak at TAALC State Conference

Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald of the Department of English, together with Carol Keeney of Literacy Lubbock, will give an invited presentation at the Texas Association of Adult Literacy Councils (TAALC) Texas Literacy Connection Conference, August 6-7, in Austin. They will present on the ESL/Literacy Service-Learning project, where TTU partners with Literacy Lubbock to provide classes and tutors.

June 14, 2007

Former English Professor, BJ Manriquez, Dies in Georgetown

Dr. BJ Manriquez, formerly an Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature in the Department of English, died on Thursday, May 17, from complications following a fall. Dr. Manriquez taught at TTU from 1999 to 2005.

May 21, 2007

Rich Rice Publishes Article

Dr. Rich Rice, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English, has published the article "iRhetoric Placeshifting: A New Media Approach to Teaching Classical Rhetoric" in Kairos 11.3.

May 18, 2007

Kirk St. Amant and TTU Alumnus Publish Article

Dr. Kirk St. Amant, an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, and Dr. Pinfan Zhu, a graduate of the Ph.D. program in Technical Communication and now an Assistant Professor at Texas State University, have published an article on taking traditional Chinese medicine international and online in the journal Technical Communication.

May 16, 2007

Stephen Jones to Publish Fifth Novel

Stephen Jones, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will publish his fifth novel (and sixth book), Ledfeather, in 2008.

May 16, 2007

Mary Jane Hurst To Serve on Executive Board of Texas Women in Higher Education

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst, Professor of English and Faculty Assistant to the President, has been selected for membership on the Executive Board of the Texas Women in Higher Education. Texas Women in Higher Education is the state branch of the American Council on Education⿿s (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education.

May 1, 2007

Mary Jane Hurst Receives Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst, Professor of English and Faculty Assistant to the President, received the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award for 2006-2007 from the Texas Tech Association of Parents at the association's spring breakfast on April 14. Her award was also announced at the Faculty Convocation on April 10.

April 18, 2007

Jerome Stueart To Publish Short Stories

Dr. Jerome Stueart, instructor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will have two of his short stories published soon: "Bear With Me" (from his dissertation collection) was accepted by Tesseracts Eleven, a Canadian science fiction anthology, and "Brazos" was accepted by Strange Horizons.

April 16, 2007

A&S Faculty Sweep Presidential Book Awards

A&S faculty have been named winners of this year's President's Book Awards. Dr. Gary Forsythe (History) took first place with "A Critical History of Early Rome." Drs. Hafid Gafaiti (CMLL) and Stephen Jones (English) won second place awards with "La Diasporisation De La Litterature Postcoloniale," and "Bleed Into Me: A Book of Stories," respectively.

April 6, 2007

Two A&S Faculty Receive Professing Excellence Award

Dr. Brian McFadden, assistant professor of Old English Language and Literature in the Department of English, and Dr. Patrick Hughes, assistant professor of Communication Studies, are recipients of the Professing Excellence Award given by Housing and Residence Life.

March 30, 2007

Ken Baake Presents Guest Lecture at University of Mary Washington

Dr. Ken Baake, associate professor of English, gave an invited guest lecture on March 14 to at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Dr. Baake presented a paper that was co-authored with PhD student Charlotte Kaempf to the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion.

March 26, 2007

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe To Publish Co-edited Collection

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, assistant professor of English, has co-edited a collection (with Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum) titled "The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Contemporary Women Writers on Forerunners in Fiction," which has been accepted for publication by Lewis-Clark Press.

March 26, 2007

James Culp, Former TTU English Professor, Dies in Kentucky

Dr. James Culp, formerly an English department faculty member and associate dean of Arts and Sciences, died recently in Kentucky.

March 13, 2007

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe to Publish New Book of Poetry

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, assistant professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will publish her second book of poetry, Modigliani's Muse.

March 9, 2007

Ann Hawkins Is Guest Curator at Folger Shakespeare Library

Dr. Ann Hawkins, assistant professor of Bibliography in the Department of English, is guest curator of an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. "Marketing Shakespeare: the Boydell Gallery (1789-1805) and Beyond" examines the marketing of Shakespeare (and Shakespearean products) in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

March 9, 2007

Bruce Clarke to Publish Book

Fordam University Press will publish Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems, a new book by Dr. Bruce Clarke, professor of English and president of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

March 6, 2007

Kirk St.Amant Publishes Article

Dr. Kirk St.Amant, assistant professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, has published "Online Education in an Age of Globalization: Foundational Perspectives and Practices for Technical Communication Instructors and Trainers" in Technical Communication Quarterly, 16.1 (2007): 13-30.

March 6, 2007

Robert Markley to Speak on Aphra Behn and the 17th-Century Stage

Dr. Robert Markley, Professor of English and Romano Professorial Scholar at the University of Illinois, will present "Aphra Behn's The City Heiress: Feminism and the Dynamics of Popular Success on the Late Seventeenth-Century Stage" on March 1, at 5 P.M. in English-Philosophy room 106. Everyone invited.

February 27, 2007

William Wenthe to Publish Two Articles

Dr. William Wenthe, professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has two critical essays on contemporary poetry accepted for publication: "'The World' Is Too Much With Us" will appear in the Spring 2007 issue of The Yale Review, and "The Craft of Thought: The Sentence in Contemporary Poetry" will appear in the Spring 2008 issue of The Kenyon Review.

February 21, 2007

Jennifer Snead Awarded Travel Grant

Dr. Jennifer Snead, assistant professor of 18th Century British Literature in the Department of English, has been awarded a Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Fund Research Travel Grant. Dr. Snead will use the funds this summer to visit the Welsh Methodist archives in Aberystwyth, Wales.

February 19, 2007

Four A&S Faculty Members Receive Big XII Fellowships

Drs. Catherine Langford (Communication Studies), Rich Rice (English), Brian Still (English), and Aaron Yoshinobu (Geosciences) have been granted Big XII fellowships of $2,500 each to collaborate with colleagues at other Big XII universities.

February 15, 2007

Rich Rice and TTU in the News at TSTC Harlingen

Dr. Rich Rice, assistant professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the Department of English, was in the news at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen for a presentation he delivered on using technology to teach writing.

February 14, 2007

Priscilla Ybarra to Give Keynote at McNair Scholars Conference

Dr. Priscilla Ybarra, assistant professor of Latina/o Literature in the Deparment of English, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference, February 16-18, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

February 12, 2007

Ann Hawkins to be Featured Speaker at National Convention

Dr. Ann Hawkins, assistant professor of bibliography in the Department of English, will be a featured speaker at the 2007 Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in New York on March 23. Dr. Hawkins has been invited to participate in the session, "Who Represents English Studies? Whom Does English Studies Represent?"

February 9, 2007

Brian Still to Publish Book

Dr. Brian Still's book manuscript Virtual Sex Activism has been accepted for publication by Cambria Press. Dr. Still is a new assistant professor of Technical Comunication in the Department of English.

February 5, 2007

John Poch Wins Poetry Prize

Dr. John Poch, associate professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, is the recipient of a $5000 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize for three poems, "Naming a Child," "Lark Sparrow," and "The Longer Half of the L."

February 5, 2007

Rebecca Rickly to Speak at Athens Conference

Dr. Rebecca Rickly, associate professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English, has been invited to give a major address at the 1st Athens International Writing Centers Conference in Athens, Greece, November 9-10, 2007.

January 22, 2007

Story by Stephen Jones Selected for Year's Best

A short story by Dr. Stephen Jones of the Department of English, "Raphael" (from the magazine Cemetery Dance), has been selected for The Years Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by St. Martin's.

January 22, 200

Fred Kemp and Rich Rice Tackle THECB Course Project

Drs. Fred Kemp and Rich Rice of the Department of English (and Dr. Doug Hamman of the College of Education) will work this year on a $250,000 research project funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

January 18, 2007

Eleven Faculty Members Receive Arts and Humanities Awards

Faculty members from A&S recently were notified of the success of their Arts and Humanities grant applications. Successful applicants include: Drs. David Larmour, Stefanie Borst, John Beusterien, Victoria Surliuga (from CMLL); Drs. Colleen Fitzgerald, Amy Koerber, Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, William Wenthe (from English); Drs. Stefano D'Amico, Aliza Wong, and Mark Stoll (from History).

January 10, 2007

Miles Kimball Elected To CEA Office

Dr. Miles Kimball, associate professor of technical communication in the department of English, has been elected as 2nd Vice President of the College English Association (CEA), proceeding to 1st Vice President and Program Chair in 2008-2009 and to President in 2009-2010.

January 9, 2007

Marjean Purinton Named Outstanding A&M Graduate

Dr. Marjean Purinton, professor of British Romantic Literature in the department of English, has been named an Outstanding Former Graduate Student at Texas A&M University.

January 9, 2007