English News and Accolades


Faculty News

  • Gulsat Aygen has signed a contract for Word Choice Errors: A Descriptive Linguistic Approach with Routledge. Sarah Eastlund, a PhD from our department, who is currently a tenure-track facukty member at Brescia University in Kentucky, is the secondary author. The manuscript is complete and it will be in print early 2019
  • Betty Birner gave a Keynote Address at the 4th International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association, held Nov. 1-3.  The address was titled “The Pragmatics of Constituent Order in English”.
  • Dr. Bonnie Lenore Kyburz' book is due out in November 2018 through the #writing series with Colorado State University Open Press, a newly rebranded university press with over 20 years of open-access scholarly publishing in literacy.  Her book titled Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations toward Film-Composition explores rhetorical dimensions and pedagogical implications of film work in writing classrooms, and as digital scholarship.
  • At the 2018 Fall Conference of the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE), Dr. Elizabeth Kahn received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. In presenting the Award, a member of IATE's Executive Committee cited Professor Kahn's service as a high school English teacher, a department head and school district administrator, and a university professor. The presentation also acknowledged that Professor Kahn has twice served as the president of IATE and she has published ten books since 2009.
  • 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.

Student News

  • Former Ph.D. Abbey Zink has just been named as dean od Sam Houston State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has had a distinguished career and continues to reflect well on our reputation turning out successful Ph.D.s
  • Erika Sparby is a recent graduate of the PhD Program in the Department of English. Erika's doctoral dissertation has been recognized by the NIU Graduate Council as the most outstanding dissertation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education category in 2017-2018.  
  • 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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