|David Earle will be presenting his paper "Yoknapatawpha Pulp: What Faulkner Really Read at the P.O." at the University of Mississippi's 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference July 2012.|
|Robin Blyn recently signed a contract to publish her book length study of the American avant-garde and the arts of the freak show with the University of Minnesota Press. In her book, Dr. Blyn tells a new story about the life of the avant-garde in the U.S. In the arts of the freak show, she argues, American artists have repeatedly discovered a means of unleashing desires productive of new and revolutionary ways of being.|
|Robin Blyn, Associate Professor of English was a recipient of the 2011 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Blyn specializes in twentieth century and contemporary studies. She teaches a range of courses in literature, critical theory, and cultural studies.|
|As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Mark James will spend a year in Ukraine where he will teach courses in American studies and American literature through the prism of critical mixed race studies.
Dr. James also plans to complete his monograph on the fiction of W. E. B. Du Bois, and to begin his next project, which explores how mixed-race literature may or may not provide a new paradigm for understanding race in America. Moreover, he views the Fulbright as an unparalleled opportunity to investigate how the shift to a post-Soviet society and the reassertion of Ukrainian identity has affected Ukrainian society.
|Judy Bennington-Dykes has been named a favorite instructor by the Delphi community. Delphi is a first-year experience living-learning community that provides 288 first-time college students housing and resources in order to make their first year at UWF successful.|
Jonathan Fink recently published a sequence of 18 poems entitled, "Conflagration and Wage: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 1911" in the 45th anniversary issue of TriQuarterly. TriQuarterly is the international literary journal published by Northwestern University.
|Katherine Romack is featured in the current issue of Genders on-line journal. Her essay, "Striking the Posture of a Whore: The Bawdy House Riots and the 'Antitheatrical Predjudice'" can be viewed here.
|Allen Josephs presented a paper titled "What's at the End of The Road?" in the Cormac McCarthy section of the American Literature Association Symposium in Savannah, October 8-10, 2009.|
|Judy Young has an online article at http://www.bikerchicknews.com/2009/09/14/transitioning-to-a-trike-judys-journey-to-goldie/|
|A short review/comment by Allen Josephs appears on singer/songwriter Tom Russell's webpage--tomrussell.com. Click on details under Blood and Candlesmoke and scroll down.|
|David Earle presented the paper “’Elocution Exercises": Gatsby, Pulp magazines, and the Language of Class’” at the 11th Modernist Studies Association conference in Montreal, Nov. 5 -- 8th.|
|Karen Haworth, Office Manager, presented her paper, "Time Genesis", at the Cincinnati meeting of the Semiotic Society in mid October. Time is considered the 4th dimension, yet there are so many dimensions to time. It is the basis for the very existence of the physical realm – equations in physics must of necessity contain the element of time. Time is also an integral part of our biological existence – hardwired into the systems of all living organism as biological clocks and aging mechanisms. But, like much of the automated aspects of the central nervous system, these components of time exist largely outside the realm of conscious thought. Time, as a conceptual entity -- as a rhematic and dicent symbol-- developed with homo sapiens concurrently with the analytical thought of the fully linguistic animal at the outset of anthroposemiosis, the beginning of time.
|Gregory Tomso is now the Associate Director of the University Honors Program. More information regarding this addition to his responsibilites is available at http://uwf.edu/honors/scholarships/.|
David Earle's book, All Man!: Hemingway, 1950s Men's Magazines, and the Masculine Persona is now available. You can order it on Amazon through the English Department's webpage. Earle was invited to the Sun Valley Hemingway Symposium in October for a reading and book release signing.
|Katherine Romack is now tenured and has been promoted to the title of Associate Professor.|
Timothy Oleksiak presented his paper, "Speaking Across the Disciplines: What Speech Pedagogy Can Teach Us about Writing", at the SAMLA 2009 Conference Panel on Interdisciplinarity and Post-Disciplinarity in Composition Studies in Atlanta.
|David Earle's first book, Re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks, and the Prejudice of Form, has been released by Ashgate Publishers.|
|RF Yeager's book, co-edited with Andrew Galloway, "Through a Classical Eye Transcultural and Transhistorical Visions in Medieval English, Italian, and Latin Literature in Honour of Winthrop Wetherbee" has been released. The festschrift volume was published by the University of Toronto Press.|
|David Earle was invited by the International James Joyce Foundation to give a paper at the 2009 MLA conference in December. His paper is titled "James Joyce, Gently Used: Republication and the Dissemination of Popular Modernism."|
|Timothy Oleksiak, adjunct instructor, spoke at the 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in San Francisco, CA. His presentation was titled "Civil Exchange in First-year Writing Classrooms."|
|Laura Arguea, Spanish Instructor, served as the 2009 Region 1 Director for the Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA). FFLA is an affiliate of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages dedicated to the study and teaching of languages and cultures.|
|Karen Haworth presented a paper at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America in Houston, TX, in October 2008. The paper, entitled “Perceiving Peirce: or Why I Believe Becoming a Peircean is Necessary,” explores some commonalities between Pericean semiotics and the physiology of brain function. The paper will be published in the forthcoming 2008 Proceedings volume, edited by John Deely.|
|Laura Arguea, Spanish Instructor, serves as the 2008-2009 President of the Northwest Florida Foreign Language Association (NWFFLA).|
|David Earl was one of a handful of lectures this July at the Dublin James Joyce Summer School, sponsored by University College Dublin and held in the historic Newman House (where scenes of Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man take place). Earle will be lecturing on Joyce's popular printing history and what it means to both the author's reputation and modernism in general.|
|Timothy Oleksiak, former UWF master's student and current adjunct instructor, has been accepted as a PhD candidate by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In the Fall 2009 semester, Timothy will begin his work in the Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication program within the Department of Writing Studies.|
|Linda Moore has written a chapter for the upcoming book Florida in the Popular Imagination. The book examines the way Florida is viewed in the popular culture. Linda’s chapter is entitled "Lights, Camera, Action!: Film Images of the Sunshine State." Look for its release in February 2009.|
|Katherine Romack has her latest book contracted with Ashgate, which will be forthcoming in 2009. Women and the Poetics of Dissent in the English Revolution examines the aesthetic dimensions of female sectarian culture during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum. The topics covered here range from explorations of the formal aspects of women’s street performance, petitioning, and political writings, to their fraught relationship with the devotional and metaphysical traditions. In a period that witnessed the transition from subject to citizen, Romack sets the aesthetic strategies deployed by women like Mary Dyer, Elizabeth Poole, and Mary Carey against the artistry of their male contemporaries—from John Milton and Andrew Marvell to John Bunyan. Romack’s analysis not only forces contemporary scholars to re-think our own aesthetic designations and sensibilities, she pressures our central assumptions about what it means to possess political agency.|
|Greg Tomso is the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, one of the university’s highest honors. Professors receiving the award must be nominated by their students and then participate in a rigorous review process that includes multiple classroom visits and an interview with members of the Student Government Association. Dr. Tomso received the award in just his fourth year at UWF, making him one of the youngest faculty members ever to earn this honor. He teaches courses in American literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender and Sexuality.|
|Mamie Hixon is the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Service Award for her exemplary community service to the university and the surrounding communities. Among Hixon’s noteworthy service contributions are the Grammar Hotline, which was recently featured in a NY Times article; her productions of Our Voices Are Many (a theatrical presentation of African-American literature), her membership on various boards including Pensacola 450th Celebration committee, her contributions to Images in Black, a Pictorial of Black Pensacola; her local AM radio grammar program; her conducting grammar workshops for various professional groups; and her being a motivational speaker. This is Hixon’s second time receiving the award. She first received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 1993.|
|Pierre Kaufke has been named Florida's 2008 French Teacher of the Year.|
|Greg Tomso is a 2008 U-Matter Awardee. He is recognized for demonstrating consistently demonstrating caring, ownership and innovation when working with students and pushing his program to higher levels of excellence.|
|Linda Moore is a 2008 U-Make A Difference Awardee. She is recognized for is recognized for demonstrating teamwork, ambassadorship, innovation, stewardship, communication and knowledge while planning, coordinating and executing a High School Articulation Conference for local teachers in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to learn how students can become better prepared for college composition classes.|
|Carol Hulse is a 2008 U-Make A Difference Awardee. She is recognized for is recognized for demonstrating teamwork, ambassadorship, innovation, stewardship, communication and knowledge while planning, coordinating and executing a High School Articulation Conference for local teachers in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to learn how students can become better prepared for college composition classes.|
|Allen Josephs' seminal book on bullfighting, Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida, has garnered five awards: George B. Smith Award for Arts & Letters, National Association of Taurine Clubs, 2003; Honorary Member of the Taurine Bibliophiles of America, 2006; University of West Florida 2007 Faculty Distinguished Research and Creative Activities Scholar Award; Nick Adams Society Special Award for the Outstanding Volume in Taurine and Hispanic Studies, 2007; Ernest Hemingway Literary Award, Club Taurino of New York, 2008.|
|Allen Josephs Professor of Spanish, succeeded to the Presidency of the South Atlantic Language Association (SAMLA). He will serve throughout 2008. His advice to younger colleagues: “Join SAMLA!”
|Karen Haworth has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the new electronic journal project, Sign She is in company with long established scholars in the field of semiotics. Signs is an international, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal on the semiotics of mind, consciousness, language and culture. The journal’s articles for 2007 and 2008 are now available online at: http://vip.db.dk/signs/index.htm|
|Jonathan Fink won this year's Editors' Prize in Poetry from The Missouri Review. The Editors' Prize is a contest for a selection of ten pages of unpublished poetry and it carries a publication prize of the winning work, a prize reading at the University of Missouri and a cash prize of $3000. Here's a link to the award announcement:
|Regina Sakalarios-Rogers, English and Foreign Languages, had her story, "Pillaged," published by "Toasted Cheese" online, a highly ranked online literary publication. The story was also recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, which is the most honored literary project in America. The story has now also been nominated for the 2007 storySouth Million Writers Award . It is an award for the best online fiction. There is more information at this link: http://www.storysouth.com/millionwriters.html.|
Elyse Aldikacti has been nominated to be in the 2010 edition of Who's
|Randi Gingerich presented a paper at the American Literature Association Symposium in Savannah, GA, in October. The title or Randi's paper is "Willful Consent or Forced Surrender: Power Dynamics in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God"
Christina Lewis presented a paper at the American Literature Association Symposium in Savannah, GA, in October. The paper is called "Dismantling the Dream: American Authenticity and the Body in West's A Cool Million."
Jeni Senter's submission of the poem "Zack" to "Healing through Creativity" was selected to be displayed in October for survivors of trauma at the Heart of Virginia Foundation Center for Integrated Arts in Roanoke, Virginia. The poem was part of the Healing Through Creativity Festival held October 17-24. She was also invited to read a selection of her work at the festival.
|Morgan Stith is the English Department's 2009 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.|
|Anna Carroll is the English Department's 2009 Outstanding Graduate Assistant|
|Jonathan Morris, a student in the Spanish minor program, is the winner of the 2009 Northwest Florida Foreign Language Association essay contest. The essay topic was: The importance of knowing more than one language in our multicultural society.|
|Evangeline Holmes is the Writing Lab's Spring 2009 Outstanding Lab Assistant.|
|Jeni Senter's poem "Pharmacopeia" was published in "A & U" Magazine.|
|Erica Fischer has been accepted to the University of South Carolina's Ph.D. program.|
|Savannah Hall has been accepted to the M.A./Ph.D. program at Indiana University in Bloomington. This includes five-year financial and teaching assistanships.|
|Renee' Reynolds presented “Swimming Against the Current: Toward Professionalism in Creative Writing Pedagogy by Utilizing Rhetorical Pedagogical Practices” at the 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in San Francisco, CA . She won the Fall 2008-2009 Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Award for this project.|
|Christina Lewis presented her paper “Woman/Lord: Reworking the Comitatus in ‘Dream of the Rood’ and ‘Judith’” at the 40th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Boston in February 2009.
|Jeni Senter, Senior Creative Writing major, has her poem "No Longer Following" published in the 2009 International Women's Day issue of "Socialist Women" Magazine.|
|Jolee Josephs' creative non-fiction piece "Killing Descartes" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.|
|Erica Fischer's paper, "'The Best That Has Been Thought or Said': Examining Cultural Division in Point Counter Point" has been accepted to the University of South Carolina's Spring 2009 Literature Conference Literature Since 1800--Transitions, Translations, and Transmission.
|Christina Lewis presented a paper titled "'To Know and Speak Themselves': Representation and the Abolition of Slavery in Uncle Tom's Cabin" at the 33rd annual meeting of the Semiotic Society of America in Houston in October 2008|
|Erica Fischer presented her paper "The Fallacy of Canadian Postmodernism: The Absence of National Identity in the Work of Douglas Coupland" at the University of Ottawa in Canada’s The 33rd Annual Canadian Literature Symposium in May 2008.|
|Jolee Josephs' creative non-fiction piece, "Killing Descartes" was published in the Summer 2007 edition of North Dakota Quarterly. Her publications include the textbook I Hate Writing, and poems in The Troubadour and Poems and Plays.|