English News and Accolades


Faculty News

  • forward-sculpture.jpgAs part of NIU's 125th Anniversary celebrations, Melissa Adams-Campbell and Natalie Joy, Assoc. Prof. of History, have been awarded funding for their collaborative project, "Forward Together: Celebrating NIU’s Native American Past, Present, and Future." One of only eight projects to receive funding across the university, Adams-Campbell and Joy will use NIU’S 125th Anniversary to promote greater awareness of Native American peoples at NIU and in the northern Illinois region by: creating a campus exhibit celebrating NIU's Native American students and their campus activism; commemorating the rich history of Black and Native collaborations hidden in the history of DuSable Hall's renaming; and working to draft language for a public statement acknowledging NIU's location on the traditional homelands of the Sauk, Meskwaki, and Potawatomi nations.
  • Publication of Inquiry Paths to Literacy Learning (Rowman & LIttlefield, 2019), edited by Elizabeth A. Kahn, Andrew Bouque, Dawn Forde, Thomas M. McCann, and Carolyn C. Walter. (Carolyn Walter supervises our English student teachers, and Andrew Bouque is an NIU alum.) Each of the editors has a chapter in the book. There are chapters by additional NIU English alumni: "Managing Group Inquiry" by Patricia Dalton and Suzanne Starnes and "Investigating Text and Self: Inquiry, Literacy, and Social-Emotional Learning," co-authored by Shannon McMullen. There is also a chapter by current NIU English graduate students: "Inquiring in First-Year Composition" by Shayne Dwyer and Faye Scott.
  • Bonnie Kyburz has had a book chapter accepted for an MLA publication, edited by Deborah Holdstein. The book is Lost and Found Texts in Rhetoric and Composition. 
  • Retired instructor John Bradley has won a first prize in the James Tate International Poetry Contest.
  • Deborah DeRosa presentated "The American Short Story:  New Considerations' at the recent American Literature Association Conference.
  • Gulsat Aygen has a new publication titled Word Choice Errors in English: A Descriptive Linguistics Approach with Sarah Eastlund. Routledge: New York, 2019.
  • Gulsat Aygen has a new invited chapter in a book titled “Morphosyntax: Morpho-Syntactic Marking of Inflectional Categories in English”. Chapter 4, in Applied Linguistics for Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Nabat Erdogan and Michael Wei (eds.). Hershey: IGI Global, 2019.
  • Jessica Reyman and NIU English alumna Erika Sparby (PhD, 2017) have published a new edited collection, Digital Ethics: Rhetoric and Responsibility in Online Aggression (Routledge). Read more about it.
  • Jeff Einboden was recently awarded the President Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor and Tim Ryan was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Nicole Clifton has a new publication titled "Anthony Foster of Trotton and London, Lincoln's Inn MS 150," from the Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (2018), 77-126.  Read the abstract.
  • Joe Bonomo has a new book out titled No Place I would Rather Be: Roger Angell and a Life of Baseball Writing, from University of Nebraska Press.
  • Jeff Einboden has been awarded NIU's Presidential Research and Scholarship Award.

Student News

  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Lamszus, an alumna of our program, who published "Artistic Anxiety and the Pressure to Perform in Michael Cunningham's The Hours" in Humanities Bulletin (https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/HB/article/view/1254)
  • Congratulations to Tanner Underwood, an alumnus of our program, who published "Prior's Blindness: Magical Realism in Kushner's Angels in America" in Humanities Bulletin (https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/HB/article/view/1247)
  • Congratulations to Anne Stoughton, who has been awarded NIU’s competitive Outstanding Thesis Award of 2018-2019 in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education category.  Anne’s thesis project, “ITA Language Proficiency Testing: Recommended Replacement for the SPEAK Test,” directed by Professor Doris Macdonald, studies the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) employed at numerous universities to assess oral English proficiency for International Teaching Assistants (ITAs). Stoughton interviewed experienced SPEAK administrators and surveyed English proficiency tests administered at multiple Midwestern schools. She proposes oral language testing solutions to replace the SPEAK test. The project, which could have a real-world positive impact on NIU’s ITAs, was particularly noted for its relevance by the Graduate School Award Committee.
  • Congratulations to Greg Locascio, a former student in the Department of English, for a recent article about him in the Daily Chronicle.
  • Marcy Bock-Eastley, Joey Crundwell, Jennifer Jenkins, Tabitha London, and Natalie Santiago have written a chapter on Twitch in the edited collection, Digital Ethics: Rhetoric and Responsibility in Online Aggression by Jessica Reyman and Erika Sparby (Routledge).
  • Cameron Simpson, an English major and English Student Ambassador, wrote a feature article for the NIU Libraries spring 2019 publication of "Founders Keepers"
  • Mia Pidlaoan, an English major, published a piece titled "Video Game Controversy Sparks Meaningful Conversation" for WNIJNews
  • Stonehouse, the new student-run academic journal housed in the English department, held a launch party for the first edition of the journal.  The event was held in the Sky Room of Holmes Student Center.
  • Anthony Salazar, an English graduate student, published an article titled "Clive Barker's Sacrament and the Future of Queer Lives during the AIDS Crisis" in the Journal of English Literature and Cultural Studies 2.2 (2019: 46-60.
  • Former Ph.D. Abbey Zink has just been named as dean of 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 2019-2020 scholarship/award winners in English:
    • Orville and Adra Baker English Scholarship: Tiffany Mullins
    • John C. and Judith M. Gurley Scholarship: Maria Gonzalez
    • Rosalie Hewitt Scholarship in English: Katie Simpson
    • Marjorie K. Winters Scholarship: Salina Cruz
    • Lynne Waldeland Scholarship in English: Alex Buckwinkler and Brooke Lavite 
    • Orville Baker Essay Awards:
      • First Place: Brooke Lavite, for “Kaufman’s Adaptation: A Marriage of Commerce and Art” (ENGL 300A, taught by Ryan Hibbett) 
      • Second Place: Robin Chandler for “Marriage Laws and Hypocrisy in Measure for Measure” (ENGL 407, taught by Tim Crowley)
      • Third Place: Cameron Simpson for “Warm and Fuzzy Sisterhood: The Help, White Guilt, and Fundamental Misunderstandings of the Deep South” (ENGL 300A, taught by Ryan Hibbett)
    • Richard H. Howland Poetry Writing Award: Anthony Blanco and Michael Miller
    • Mike and Anne Malone Award for Short Fiction: Anthony Blanco for “The Marriage of Donnie Laroux”
    • Jeannie A. Hainds Award for Teacher Licensure in English: cornelius Bellamy, Jon Bunte, Joshua Maurice, Caitlin O'Hara, and Zeus Williams
    • David and Linda Nelson Endowed English Scholarship:  Kristen Lookingland and Taylor Stamps
    • Robert T. Self Award in Literature and Film:  Martha Villagomez
    • Charles W. Hagelman, Jr. Scholarship for Study in Oxford:  Angel Alba, Alexa Blair, Alex Buckwinkler, Catherine Carter, Gwyneth Osterby and Kelsey Pann
    • Exemplary Student Teacher Award:  A.J. Lusk and Savanah Wylde
    • Dean’s Award: Lenora Murphy

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