The English department faculty, staff, and students are always busy. While current news is featured on the department home page, past events, articles, and announcements can be found here. Be sure to check back frequently to keep up with English department events!

Recent News and Events

On Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., a group of faculty and students will present in the "Threshold Concepts and College Writing Instruction" Faculty Spotlight event. Please join us in East Hall 206. Learn more about the presentations.

Each year, MFA students specializing in poetry and fiction submit their work for consideration under the Devine Fellowship. Learn more about the award and this year's winners.  

Dr. Stephannie Gearhart was named the 2018-19 Distinguished Faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gearhart is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, and the Director of the Literature Program.

On Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Dr. Gearhart will deliver the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Learn more about the lecture.

Join us for a Faculty Spotlight presentation. Blind Rage, Blind Copies and Blind Dates: A Cross-Linguistic Analysis of Ableist Collocations will be held on March 8, 2019. Learn more about the March Faculty Spotlight event.

We invite you to join our ENG 3420 students in celebrating Children’s Literature and its role in cultivating and strengthening literacy, life-long love of learning and reading, and creativity in our communities. Learn more about the Monday, March 11 events.

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen will be presenting at TEDx this March. Her talk is called "Exploring the gap between ourselves and extraterrestrial civilizations." Learn more about the event.

Five members of the ESOL faculty will be speaking at the TESOL conference, which will be held from March 12-15 in Atlanta, GA. Learn more about the faculty members' presentations.  

Students in Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey's 1120 sections have recently donated 150 pounds of food to the Brown Bag Food Project of Wood County. Learn more about Cynthia's class donations and projects.

Justin Longacrevisited the Department of English on Friday, February 15, 2019 to conduct professional development and classroom observations to support his teaching practice at the Toledo School for the Arts. Learn more about his visit.  

This spring, a workshop series for multilingual students will be facilitated by the ESOL department. The first event in the series is Friday, February 22, and focuses on presentation planning. Learn more about the workshops.

The English Department is thrilled to announce some changes! During 2019, General Studies Writing (GSW) is undergoing changes to its name and curriculum. GSW is being renamed the University Writing Program (UWP). Learn more about the change.

Join the English department Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 in the Prout Chapel for a reading from Spring 2019's Distinguished Visiting Writer, Rebecca Morgan Frank.

English Department Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator Brad Felver won two prestigious awards for his writing in 2018. Learn more about Felver's writing and awards.

Sarah Blake, an undergraduate student double majoring in English and forensic chemistry, studied in New Zealand during winter session.

2018 News

The fall 2018 GSW Writing Showcase was held on Friday, November 30. Read more about the event and winners.

Are you a graduate student working on a thesis or dissertation project? Consider entering the three-minute thesis competition! The competition challenges graduate students to explain their research to a non-expert audience in three minutes—and cash prizes are available. Learn more about the event and register for a chance to compete.

Amanda McGuire Rzicznek, Elizabeth Loo Zemanski, and ENG 3420: Literature for Young Children students hosted a picture book showcase. Read more about the picture book showcase.

Kathryn Dobbs has received the 2018 Donna Nelson-Beene Award. She is pictured in the center; to her left is Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene and to her right is her instructor, Dr. Ethan Jordan.The Donna Nelson-Beene Excellence in Research Writing Award is presented in recognition of the best research essay written by a student who has taken GSW 1120: Academic Writing.

Congratulations to Kathryn for being this year's winner!

The English department welcomed author and illustrator Lindsay Ward to campus on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Lindsay presented her work and her processes for writing and illustrating children's picture books. Students, faculty, staff, and community members had the opportunity to talk with Lindsay at the author meet and greet, and signed books were available for purchase. The event was hosted by Elizabeth Zemanski and Amanda Rzicznek's ENG 3240 classes, the English Department, University Libraries, and the Arts Village.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove was the 2018 Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series speaker. She presented a public talk on September 20, 2018, and had two Q&A students with English department students during the day. Rita Dove, recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is the author of nine books of poetry, including the tour de force Sonata Mulattica, a poetic treatise on the life of 19th century violinist George Bridgetower, and most recently, Collected Poems 1974-2004 (2017 NAACP Image Award). Read more about Rita Dove's visit.

Amanda McGuire Rzicznek, Elizabeth Loo Zemanski, & their English 3420 class toured the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio. Their tour inspired new ways of thinking about how to create their capstone project: to write & illustrate their own original picture books. Please join Amanda & Loo for their students’ Picture Book Showcase on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30-7:00pm in the Jerome Library’s CRC! Read more about their trip.

Dr. Lee Nickoson, Director of General Studies Writing and Rhetoric and Writing faculty member, received the Faculty Mentor Recognition Award. The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding professional support of his/her colleagues and focuses upon the importance of faculty efforts toward the development of teaching, research, and service initiatives among colleagues. Congratulations Dr. Nickoson! Read more about Dr. Nickoson's work and the Faculty Mentor Recognition Award.

The English Department is pleased to share this year's scholarship winners. Congratulations to each of the recipients! See the list of winners.  

According to the Wall Street Journal’s “Hunting for Soft Skills, Companies Scoop up English Majors,” English majors go on to success in many different fields including publishing, advertising, public relations, teaching, the public sector and marketing. A degree in English can also prepare you for graduate study in law, business, and other fields. Read More at the Wall Street Journal

2017 News

Dr. Sue Carter Wood, Rhetoric/Writing faculty member and Director of the Rhetoric and Writing Doctoral program was honored as the recipient of the President’s Award for Collaborative Research and Creative Work. Read more about Dr. Carter Wood's award and work.

Multiple students from the Rhetoric & Writing PhD program won awards. Read more about the students' accomplishments.

Dr. Sheffer's book The Romance of Race received a favorable mention in Toni Morrison's 2017 book The Origin of Others. Read more about Dr. Sheffer's book.

Nearly 180 works and papers of Wendell Mayo's have been catalogued in the Center for Archival Collections at the Jerome Library. Read more about the collection.