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TTU-Related Authors Dominate Technical Communication Journal

In the December 2010 issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication (53.4), three of the five articles were written by TTU-related authors:

"Miscommunication in International Virtual Workplaces: A Report on a Multicase Study," by Pam E. Brewer (2008 TTU PhD, Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University)


"Quantitative Content Analysis: Its Use in Technical Communication," by Ryan K. Boettger (2008 TTU PhD, Assistant Professor at University of North Texas) and Laura A. Palmer (2007 TTU PhD, Assistant Professor at Southern Polytechnic State University)


"Assessing the Value of Corporate Blogs: A Social Capital Perspective, by Craig Baehr" (TTU Associate Professor of Technical Communication) and Konstanze Alex-Brown (TTU PhD student and Communications Specialist in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Dell)

January 5, 2011

John Poch's 32 Poems Magazine Honored in Best American Poetry

Best American Poetry 2011 will include Erin Belieu's "When At a Certain Party In NYC"--a poem first published in 32 Poems Magazine, edited by Dr. John Poch, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English. This is the fifth time in eight years that 32 Poems has been represented in the Best American Poetry series. Of the thousands of poems published each year, only 75 are picked for this annual anthology.

January 5, 2011

College of Arts and Sciences "Returning Faculty Research Award" and "Scholar's Incentive Award" Recipients for Spring 2011

The College of Arts and Sciences initiated the Returning Faculty Research Award and the Scholars Incentive Award in the Fall, 2010 semester to provide faculty the opportunity to complete substantial scholarship and creative efforts during the current academic year. The goal of the program is to facilitate the completion of substantial published works such as a book or a significant monograph. The recipients for Spring 2011 are:

1. Dr. Thomas Barker, Department of English, Returning Faculty Research Award
2. Dr. Anna Ribeiro, Department of Philosophy, Returning Faculty Research Award
3. Dr. Roman Taraban, Department of Psychology, Returning Faculty Research Award
4. Dr. Howard Cruzer, Department of Philosophy, "Scholars Incentive Award"
5. Dr. Stefano DAmico, Department of History  Scholars Incentive Award
6. Dr. Miguel Levario, Department of History  Scholars Incentive Award
7. Dr. Julie Willett, Department of History  Scholars Incentive Award

The program is designed to increase research and scholarship across the college. The application deadline for the Fall 2011 semester, will be announced by early February.

The Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Fellowships provide incentives for faculty to seek prestigious research awards and to develop research opportunities they may have not have considered previously.

January 5, 2011 , National Recognition

Curtis Bauer to Publish Poems and Translations

 

Dr. Curtis Bauer, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will publish several poems in the April 2011 issue of Shearsman Magazine, published by Shearsman Books Ltd in Exeter, England

January 13, 2011  

 

Julie Nelson Couch Publishes Book

 

Dr. Julie Nelson Couch, Associate Professor of Middle English Language and Literature in the Department of English, has published The Texts and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms Laud Misc. 108: The Shaping of English Vernacular Narrative (Volume 6, Medieval and Renaissance Authors and Texts), co-edited with Kimberly K. Bell (Leiden: Brill, 2011).

January 14, 2011  

 

Sean Zdenek to Publish Article

 

Dr. Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, will publish the article "Which Sounds Are Significant? Towards a Rhetoric of Closed Captioning" in a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly (Spring 2011) on disability and rhetoric.

January 24, 2011  

 

William Wenthe to Publish Third Book of Poems

 

Dr. William Wenthe, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will have his third book of poems, Words Before Dawn, published by Louisiana State University Press in 2012.

January 25, 2011  

 

Amy Koerber to Publish Article

 

Dr. Amy Koerber, Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, will publish the article "Breastfeeding and Problematic Integration: Results of a Focus Group Study" (co-authored with Linda Brice and Elizabeth Tombs of TTUHSC) in the journal Health Communication.

January 26, 2011

Cristina Garcia's Novel Selected by Nationwide Book Club

 

The Lady Matador's Hotel, the latest novel by Professor Cristina Garcia of the Department of English, has been selected for Las Comadres Book Club (March), a 15,000-strong nationwide group of Latina readers. The novel will also be translated into Chinese (to be published in 2012). In addition, Professor Garcia's middle-school book, I Wanna Be Your Shoebox, will be translated into Japanese (also for 2012).

February 1, 2011

Michele Navakas to Publish Article

 

Dr. Michele Navakas, Assistant Professor of Early American Literature in the Department of English, will publish the article "Liquid Landscape: Possession and Floridian Geography" in the journal Early American Literature.

 

Amanda Booher to Publish Article

 

Dr. Amanda Booher, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, will publish the article "Defining Pistorius" in a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly on disability and rhetoric.

February 3, 2011  

 

Lara Crowley Publishes Article

 

Dr. Lara Crowley, Assistant Professor of 17th Century British Literature in the Department of English, has published the article "Was Southampton a Poet? A Verse Letter to Queen Elizabeth" in the journal English Literary Renaissance (41.1: 111-45).

February 7, 2011  

 

Marta Kvande Publishes Article

 

Dr. Marta Kvande, Assistant Professor of 18th Century British Literature in the Department of English, has published the article "Reading Female Readers: The Female Quixote and Female Quixotism" in the collection Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s, edited by Susan Carlile (Lehigh University Press).

February 11, 2011  

 

Curtis Bauer Publishes Poems

 

Dr. Curtis Bauer, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will publish the poem "Home" in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Salamander, a magazine for poetry, fiction, and memoirs. In addition, his sonnet "Family" was published in the anthology Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees (The Backwaters Press, 2011), edited by by Christopher Buckley and Christopher Howell.

February 14, 2011  

 

Mary Jane Hurst Publishes Book 

 

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst of the Department of English has published the book Language, Gender, and Community in Late Twentieth Century Fiction: American Voices and American Identities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

March 4, 2011  

Julie Couch Awarded Gloria Lyerla Research Travel Grant

Dr. Julie Nelson Couch, Associate Professor of Middle English Language and Literature in the Department of English, is the recipient of a Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Fund Research Travel Grant.

March 7, 2011  

 

Marta Kvande to Publish Article

 

Dr. Marta Kvande, Assistant Professor of 18th Century British Literature in the Department of English, will publish the article "Printed in a Book: Negotiating Print and Manuscript Cultures in Fantomina and Clarissa" in the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies.

March 7, 2011  

 

Allison Whitney Wins Travel Grants

Dr. Allison Whitney, Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the Department of English, is the recipient of external and internal travel grants: a Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Fund Research Travel Grant and a Marshall Fishwick Travel Grant to Research Collections (from the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association).

March 7, 2011  

 

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe's to Publish New Chapbook

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will publish the chapbook Hourglass with Pecan Grove Press. It is one of three accepted for publication (of 100+ entries) from the chapbook competition sponsored by the publisher.

March 11, 2011  

 

Lara Crowley Appointed Editor of Donne's Juvenilia 

 

Dr. Lara Crowley, Assistant Professor of 17th Century British Literature in the Department of English, has been appointed Editor of the Juvenilia for the John Donne Society's Digital Text Project. The Juvenilia include various short prose works by Donne, such as his paradoxes and problems.

March 14, 2011  

Curtis Bauer to Publish Translations

Dr. Curtis Bauer, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will publish translations of three poems by the Mexican poet and translator, Jeannette Clariond, titled "[Your voice stood like a ladder]," "[After my death]," and "[At dawn, shedding its fog in the garden]," in the Autumn 2011 issue of The Southern Review.

March 29, 2011  

 

Ann Hawkins Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

The April 3 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education includes the article "The Road From Dissertation to Book Has a New Pothole: the Internet" with a photo and interview of Dr. Ann Hawkins, Associate Professor of Book History in the Department of English. Brandon Shuler, Ph.D. student in American Literature, is also interviewed.

Read the article at http://chronicle.com/article/The-Road-From-Dissertation-to/126977/.

April 4, 2011

Lara Crowley Publishes Article

 

Dr. Lara Crowley, Assistant Professor of 17th Century British Literature in the Department of English, has published the article "Archival Research" in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne, eds. Jeanne Shami, Dennis Flynn, and M. Thomas Hester (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 34-42.

April 11, 2011  

 

Yuan Shu Wins Diversity Awards

 

Dr. Yuan Shu, Associate Professor of American Literature in the Department of English and Director of the Asian Studies Program in the College of Arts & Sciences, is this year's recipient of the President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Inclusive Excellence Award given by the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

April 13, 2011

John Poch Publishes Poem in Chronicle of Higher Education

 

Dr. John Poch, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has published the poem "Echo" in The Chronicle of Higher EducationArts & Academe. The poem is available at http://chronicle.com/blogs/arts/mondays-poem-echo-by-john-poch/29456, with explication by Arts & Academe's poetry editor, Lisa Russ Spaar.

May 28, 2011

English Faculty Win COIL Institute Fellowship

 

Dr. Kelli Cargile Cook (project leader), Dr. Bruce Clarke, and Dr. Brian Still, all of the Department of English, have been invited to join the COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities. The COIL Institute is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. COIL Institute Fellows make a two-year commitment to actively participate in an ongoing online community, a 3-day workshop in New York City, a follow-up online course, and a culminating Capstone Conference with associated publications.

May 28, 2011

Marta Kvande Publishes Article

 

Dr. Marta Kvande, Assistant Professor of 18th Century British Literature in the Department of English, has published the article "Jane Barker's Exilius: Politics, Women, Narration, and the Public" in New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century Fiction: "Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared": Essays in Honor of Jerry C. Beasley, edited by Christopher D. Johnson (University of Delaware Press, 2011).

June 14, 2011  

 

Cristina Garcia Interviewed in Literary Journal

 

Cristina Garcia, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, was interviewed in the Summer 2011 issue of Witness about her fifth novel, The Lady Matador's Hotel. The interview is available at http://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org/issues/volume-24-number-2-2011/1806-2/.

June 29, 2011  

 

Bruce Clarke to Co-Edit New Book Series

 

Bruce Clarke's proposal for the book series Meaning Systems, developed with Henry Sussman of Yale University, has been approved by the faculty board of Fordham University Press. Clarke and Sussman will serve as co-editors for the series, which will focus on scholarly work at the contemporary convergence of systems theory, media studies, and general ecology.

 

Lara Crowley to Publish Article

 

Dr. Lara Crowley, Assistant Professor of 17th Century British Literature in the Department of English, will publish the article "Donne's Dubia: Reassessing the Authorship of Six Prose Works" in John Donne Journal.

July 28, 2011  

 

Sean Zdenek Publishes Two Articles

 

Dr. Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, has published two articles about closed captioning: "Which Sounds are Significant? Towards a Rhetoric of Closed Captioning" appears in a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly (31.3: 2011), while "Personal Reflections on the Educational Potential and Future of Closed Captioning on the Web" appears in Communication Technology for Students in Special Education or Gifted Programs (pp. 221-229), edited by J. Aitken, J. Pedego Fairley, and J. K. Carlson (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2011).

August 9, 2011  

 

John Poch to Co-Edit Poetry Anthoogy

 

Dr. John Poch, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will co-edit Poetry Doesn't Need You: An Anthology from 32 Poems Magazine. The anthology (64 poems by 64 poets) will be published by WordFarm Press in June 2012. Dr. Poch also serves as editor of 32 Poems Magazine.

August 17, 2011  

 

Critina Garcia Publishes Young Adult Novel

 

Cristina Garcia, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has published a young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

August 24, 2011  

 

Faculty and Graduate Students in Technical Communication Invent Eye-Tracking Technology

 

EyeGuide, an eye tracking technology created by Texas Tech faculty and students, is slated to begin shipping its first orders in September.

August 24, 2011

Sean Zdenek Invited to Speak at Ohio State on Closed Captioning

 

Dr. Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor Technical Communication in the Department of English, has been invited to give a presentation at Ohio State University on the rhetoric of closed captioning on February 20, 2012. His visit is being co-sponsored by OSU's Disability Studies Program, American Sign Language Program, Literacy Studies Program, and Digital Media Studies Program.

August 24, 2011  

 

Curtis Bauer Appointed Translation Editor

 

Dr. Curtis Bauer, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has been elected to the Board of Directors of From the Fishouse (www.fishousepoems.org), the nationally recognized free online audio archive that showcases emerging poets reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process. Dr. Bauer has also been named the Spanish Translations Editor, responsible for reviewing and soliciting submissions from poets from Spanish speaking countries and/or their translators.

August 31, 2011

 

Curtis Bauer Publishes Translations

Curtis Bauer, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, has 14 translations of poems published and forthcoming.

August 31, 2011  

Thomas Barker to Publish Article

 

Dr.Thomas Barker, Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, will publish the article "Negotiating Professional Consciousness in Technical Communication: A Community of Practice Approach" (co-authored with Ph.D. graduate Joel Kline) in a special issue of the journal Technical Communication on professionalization (November 2011).

August 31, 2011

Yuan Shu to Speak at Dartmouth

 

Dr. Yuan Shu, Associate Professor of American Literature in the Department of English, has been invited to give a presentation, "Toward a Planetary American Studies: Beyond Transnationalism and Globalization," at the Futures of American Studies Institute and Department of English at Dartmouth College in March 2012.

 

Rich Rice Guides Special Issue on New Media Labs

 

Dr. Rich Rice, Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, co-edited the September-October 2011 issue of STC's Intercom, a special issue on new media labs. The issue includes articles by Dr. Rice ("New Media Labs as Key Technical Communication Instructional Support Spaces") and by Ph.D. students Ben Lauren ("Divergent Thinking through Media Labs") and Kate Crane and Andrea Beaudin ("The New Media Lab as a Messy Mash-Up Space in Technical Communication and Rhetoric Instruction").

October 10, 2011

Rich Rice Awarded $1500 in Research Funding

Dr. Rich Rice, Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, is the recipient of a $1500 award in research funding from the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) for the proposed project "Technical Communication Program Development through Culture-Centered, Glocal Indian-U.S. Study and Teaching Abroad Exchange Models."

October 10, 2011

Curtis Bauer's Poems and Translations Given Wide Hearing

 

Dr. Curtis Bauer, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, is on public radio, with the recording of his reading at Indiana University earlier this year being broadcast in three parts on the program The Poets Weave. The first recording is available at http://indianapublicmedia.org/poetsweave/curtus-bauer-1/.

In addition, the Mexican poet, Jeannette Clariond, recently read Dr. Bauer's translations of her poems at the Library of Congress event "Poetry Traditions of Mexico and the U.S." Information about this event is at http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-161.html.

October 11, 2011

Rich Rice Publishes Article

 

Dr. Rich Rice, Associate Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English, has published the article "ePortfolios and the Communicative Intellect in Online Education" in the collection Computer-Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education, edited by Sigrid Kelsey and Kirk St.Amant (IGI Global, 2012: pp. 62-73).

October 17, 2011  

 

Kanika Batra to Publish Article

 

Dr. Kanika Batra, Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature in the Department of English, will publish the article "Alive and Kicking or Dying and Defunct?: The Case of Comparative Literature in West Texas" in the collection Quest of a Discipline: New Academic Directions for Comparative Literature, edited by Rizio Yohannad Raj (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

 

October 19, 2011  

 

Michael Borshuk to Deliver Creative Minds Humanities Lecture

 

Dr. Michael Borshuk, Associate Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English, has been invited to give the opening lecture (on the Harlem Renaissance) in Amarillo College's Creative Minds Humanities Lecture Series in January 2012.

The Creative Mind Humanities Lecture Series is funded by a matching grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities, and all lectures are free to the public.

October 24, 2011