English News and Accolades


Faculty News

  • Eric Hoffman is an invited panelist to NIU esports STEM Cafe.
  • Doris Macdonald, Judy Pokorny, Amy Levin, and Josh Adair are garnering well-deserved recognition in every category at the ceremonial dinner for the CLAS Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Distinguished Awards which will be held on Friday, October 26th.  Congratulations to all!
  • The former Chair of the English Department, Amy Levin, published Global Mobilities: Refugees, Exiles, and Immigrants in Museums and Archives (edited collection, Routledge, top press in the world for museum books) and came out with Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America’s Changing Communities (edited collection published by Rowman & Littlefield; second edition with significantly changed content).
  • William Baker has just published a monograph on Pinter's World: Relationships, Obsessions, and Artistic Endeavors, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018.  Dr. Baker is currently a visiting Professor at Zhejiang University in China.
  • Tom McCann and Betsy Kahn have written a new book titled Raise Your Voices: Inquiry, Discussion, and Literacy Learning (Rowman & Littlefield).  This publication also features work from several of our alumni from the English Teacher Licensure Program.
  • John Schaeffer has just signed a contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing for a book titled "Giambattista Vico on Natural Law: Rhetoric, Religion, and Census Communis" to be published in the next year.
  • Jessica Reyman, the Graduate Director for the Department of English, has won one of the two Distinguished Graduate Faculty Awards for 2018-2019. The award recognizes excellence in graduate student mentoring.
  • Lara M. Crowley has a new book that has just been published titled Manuscript Matters:  Reading John Donne's Poetry and Prose in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 
  • Bonnie Kyburz will be an invited presenter at the MLA 2019. “What’s the Role of Human Beings in Posthumanist Rhetoric?” Roundtable with Ira Allen, Michelle Balif, Diane Davis, Deb Holdstein, John Schilb, Steven Mailloux, and Kurt Spellmeyer on Sunday, January 8th, 2019. The 2019 Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention will be held in Chicago, IL, in January, 2019.
  • In a listing of the top 20 literary journals in North America, Style has been rated as 6th on the continent!  
  • Nicole Clifton has two essays coming out this fall:  "Sir Gawain's Death and Prophecy in Malory's Morte Darthur," in Arthurian Literature 34, and "Teaching Chaucer as a Foreign Language," in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 25/2.
  • Doris Macdonald has received several recognitions.  She received the CLAS Outstanding Faculty Award 2018.  Dr. Macdonald was also accepted on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a 3 year term and was selected from Fulbright Specialist Roster for a 6 week project with Mulawarman University in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Student News

  • Paul LubenKov, an NIU graduate, has published a new book titled Tap Dancing on the Razor's Edge.  You can find out more about this publication by reviewing the publication flyer, the reading events flyer and the reading events schedule.
  • Jennifer Fife is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Jr. Schriber Scholar Award from the Department of English!
  • The following undergraduate students are the 2018-2019 scholarship/award winners in English:
    • Orville and Adra Baker English Scholarship: Maria Gonzalez
    • John C. and Judith M. Gurley Scholarship: Margaret Hitchcock
    • Rosalie Hewitt Scholarship in English Katie Simpson
    • Marjorie K. Winters Scholarship: Savanna Weitzel
    • Lynne Waldeland Scholarship in English: Catherine Carter and Brooklynn Gosnell 
    • Orville Baker Essay Awards:
      • First Place: Hailey Johnson, a tie for “‘The Past and Future Merge To Meet Us Here’: Convergence of High Art and Pop Culture in Beyoncé’s Lemonade” (ENGL 304, taught by Ryan Hibbett) and “If the Form Vanishes…” (ENGL 493, taught by Joe Bonomo)
      • Second Place: Maritza Huerta for “‘To live, love, and fully heal’ in Jonah’s Gourd Vine: Black marital relationships post-slavery” (ENGL 381, taught by Tim Ryan)
      • Third Place: Lenora Murphy for “‘Anything Coming Back to Life Hurts’: An Analysis of Rebirth in Toni Morrison’s Beloved” (ENGL 200, taught by Deborah DeRosa)
    • Richard H. Howland Poetry Writing Award: Sze Ying Lim
    • Mike and Anne Malone Award for Short Fiction: Sze Ying Lim for “Remember December 31”
    • Jeannie A. Hainds Award for Teacher Licensure in English: Ashley Liggins, Zahra Muhsin, and Amanda Riley
    • CLAS Exemplary Student Teacher Awards: Stephen Brejcha and Melissa McCarter
    • Dean’s Award: Ryan Janovic

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