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Cover of Ira Sukrungruang’s “Southside Buddhist”

English Department Student, Alumni and Faculty Accomplishments

Undergraduate Accomplishments
was awarded the runner-up prize for the First Annual Judith Barlow Prize for her play, “Glad on 42nd Street Between Bruce B. Downs and Fletcher Avenue.” She received $1,000.00 for her script.

Graduate Accomplishments
“Delarivier Manley’s ‘A Stage-Coach Journey to Exeter’: Escaping Home and Seeking Solitude.” The 41st Meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS). Gainesville, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2015. Conference Presentation.

CARMELLA GUIOL will be leading a body-based writing retreat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on May 22-25, 2015. For more information visit

SARAH BETH HOPTON accepted a tenured track position as assistant professor of rhetoric and technical communications at Appalachian State University.

DANA LAITINEN “The Privacy of the Outdoors: Ecocritical Implications in Frances Burney’s Cecilia.” The 41st Meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS). Gainesville, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2015. Conference Presentation.

MEGAN McINTYRE accepted a position as assistant director for program development at Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

Alumni Accomplishments
, Ph.D. Literature 1997 Nominated for position of Louisiana Poet Laureate for 2015-2017.
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry.

ASHLEY DONNELLY, Ph.D. Literature 2008, had her first feature-length script, “Panhandle,” make the top 10 percent of BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

GREG GIBERSON, Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition 2004
Giberson, Greg, Jim Nugent, and Lori Ostergaard, Ed. “Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles.” Logan: Utah State UP, 2015.

JENNIFER ANNE JANECHEK, M.A. Literature 2012 “Disability, Inc.: The Exploitation of Difference by the Prison-Industrial Complex.” Review of “Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada” (eds. Liat ben-Moshe, Chris Chapman, and Allison C. Carey. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). Disability Studies Quarterly 35:1 (2015): n. pag. <>

CAMERON HUNT McNABB, Ph.D. Literature 2012
Dinosaur World.” Reader's Choice Fiction Contest Winner. Creative Loafing 28.1 (March 19, 2015).13.
Jonathan Swift Applies to The Onion.” The Satirist (March 13, 2015).

KATE PANTELIDES, Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition 2013
“Metagenre on the WPA-L: Transitional Threads as Nexus for Micro/Macro-level Discourse on the Dissertation.” Composition Forum 31. 2015. Web.

VERNETTA WILLIAMS, Ph.D. Literature 1999, appeared on the Maggie Linton Show on March 16, 2015. The interview discussed how to be a better writer, whether academic, commercial or both and gave insight to the company Chrysalis Consulting.

Faculty Achievements
served as a discussant for the Humanities Panel at the 2015 Mid-Year Research & Writing Conference hosted by the Florida Education Fund on Feb. 28, 2015 in Tampa, Fla.

“Research Claims.” Almost Five Quarterly, Winter 2015, edition 9.

“Catching the Spirit”: The Reading Habits of Florida Women during the Progressive Era (1890-1920). Southern American Studies Association (SASA) Conference. Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 21, 2015. Conference Presentation. The paper is the first peer-reviewed presentation based on her new book project on the reading habits of Florida club women during the Progressive Era.

LAURA RUNGE was awarded the 2015 SEASECS Percy Adams prize for outstanding scholarship in eighteenth-century studies for “Constructing Place in Oroonoko,” published in “Gender and Space in Britain, 1660-1820,” eds. Karen Gevirtz and Mona Narain, Ashgate, 2014.

IRA SUKRUNGRUANG won the Bronze Medal in General Nonfiction in the 2014 Florida Books Awards for his collection of essays, “Southside Buddhist.”


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