October 2016 – February 2017 English Department Accomplishments
Read through some of the English department accomplishments from October 2016 through February 2017.
August and September 2016 English Department Accomplishments
Here are some of the department's accomplishments for the month of August and September.
USF poet Chelsea Dingman Wins National Poetry Series
Dingman’s poetry collection, Thaw, is to be published by University of Georgia Press.
Rhetoric and Composition faculty and students receive Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries
Find out who was awarded the grant and how the funding will be used.
USF poet longlisted for National Book Award in Poetry
See whose book was nominated!
English master’s student receives presidential doctoral fellowship
Find out who received a Presidential Doctoral Fellowship from Utah State University!
English instructor receives CCCC outstanding dissertation award in technical communication
Erin Trauth, Ph.D. assistant director of First-Year Composition, received the Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication.
Faculty, graduate students present at national conferences
The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing and the Conference on College Composition and Communication were recently held in Houston on April 6-9. The USF rhetoric and composition program had 10 graduate students and faculty members present at these conferences.
EGSA hosts spring conference and plenary speakers
Co-organized by Chrissy Connor and Kristin Gocinski, the English Graduate Student Association hosted its annual spring conference April 1-2, 2016. This year’s conference also included creative readings and a Florida Photo Essay Contest. Carmella Guiol, M.F.A. student, and Emmilee Wyatt and Nyrin Odisha, English undergraduate students, received prizes for their outstanding submissions.
English hosts annual honors and awards ceremony
Donors, faculty, staff, students, and loved ones filled Traditions Hall at the Gibbons Alumni Center on April 15, 2016 to celebrate the awards presented to graduate and undergraduate students from the USF Department of English.
March 2016 English Department Accomplishments
Here are some of the department's accomplishments for the month of March.
English grad students organize live literary events
Tampa Bay’s only live literary event, First Draft, was initiated by one of University of South Florida's own creative writing master’s students.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Johanna Phelps-Hillen
Johanna Phelps-Hillen, Ph.D. candidate in rhetoric and composition and master’s student in public administration, was recently awarded a College Composition and Communication Research Initiative grant for her project, “Federal Grant Programs and Corollary Institutional Review Board Protocols: An Analysis of Reciprocity in Policy Determination, Implementation, and Impact on Writing Studies Research.”
February 2016 English Department Accomplishments
Here are some of our department's accomplishments for the month of February.
December 2015 – January 2016 English Department Accomplishments
Our USF English students, alumni and faculty have been busy! Check out their recent accomplishments.
English professor named Aesthetica International Creative Writing Award Finalist
A short story by Rita Ciresi, professor of English at the University of South Florida, has been selected as a finalist in the International Aesthetica Creative Writing Award that attracted 2,000 entries from more than 40 countries across the world.
November 2015 English Department Accomplishments
Read about what USF English students, alumni and faculty have accomplished in the month of November!
Annual Writer's Harvest raises money for Feeding America
USF's Creative Writing Program hosted its seventh annual Writer's Harvest on Nov. 10 at the Mermaid Tavern.
English doctoral student wins national research award
Doctoral candidate Lauren Cagle has been awarded the Graduate Research Award by the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).
English department hosts poetry reading
In response to the exhibit "A Family Affair" at the USF Contemporary Museum of Art, University of South Florida English Professor Ira Sukrungruang's undergraduate poetry class read ekphrastic poems alongside MFA students.
USF professor Jarod Roselló publishes graphic novel
Jarod Roselló, assistant professor of English at the University of South Florida, has published "The Well-Dressed Bear Will (Never) Be Found," a graphic novel, with Publishing Genius Press.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Annalise Mabe
Annalise Mabe, a second year Master of Fine Arts student, recently published "Space Taker" in The Boiler; "Bedtime Stories" in Animal; and "Florida Fever Dreams,"
English Graduate Student Association holds fall colloquium
The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) held its annual fall colloquium on Oct. 23, 2015.
New Faculty Interview: Nathan Johnson, Ph.D.
Learn more about Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., including his background, current projects, interests and more.
October 2015 English Department accomplishments
Read about what USF English students, alumni and faculty have accomplished in the month of October!
Department of English begins mentorship program
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 marked the beginning of the new English Mentorship Program, developed by the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) to foster a relationship between fledgling English majors and graduate students.
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Debbie Lelekis
This feature takes a look at Dr. Debbie Lelekis’s background, projects and graduate experience.
Saw Palm wins Best of the Bay
The Creative Writing Program's literary journal takes home a Best of the Bay award.
September 2015 English Department accomplishments
Read about what USF English students, alumni and faculty have accomplished in the month of September!
English offers study abroad in London
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences participated in the university’s new study abroad program in London. This summer, the Department of English offered three courses focused on British literature and culture.
Teaching Discussion Group kicks off with discussion of trigger warnings
The Department of English will host the first Teaching Discussion Group on from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 in CPR 257.
July/August 2015 English department accomplishments
See what English department students, alumni, faculty and emerita have accomplished in July and August!
May/June 2015 English department accomplishments
Find out what USF English undergraduates, graduates, faculty and alumni have been up to lately!
English grads hired by universities
Several graduates of the University of South Florida Department of English have accepted job offers. These College of Arts and Sciences alumni now are employed by major universities.
Professor Marty Gould of the Department of English awarded Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship
Marty Gould has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship, a two-year residential fellowship funded by the European Union.
GRASP welcomes new and returning students!
Graduate Research and Student Publications (GRASP) is an organization which provides an opportunity for all graduate students, M.A.s and Ph.D.s—rhetoric and composition, creative writing and literature—to participate in the peer review process.
Debut novelists to read at USF Graphicstudio
Debut novelists Phillippe Diederich and Kimberly Karalius, both graduates of the University of South Florida creative writing master's program, will read from their first novels at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at the USF Graphicstudio. This event is free and open to the public.
EGSA Welcome Letter
A letter from the new president of the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA).
Paper Matters: A Celebration of Chapbooks opens at the USF Library
Paper Matters: A Celebration of Chapbooks opens in the Special Collections display on the 4th floor of the USF Tampa Library on Aug. 20 and runs through the end of September 2015.
Congratulations USF English Graduates!
Check out the list of Summer 2015 English grads!
Ph.D. students awarded fellowships
Three Ph.D. students in the Department of English were awarded fellowships
Congratulations USF English Graduates & Doctoral Candidates!
Check out our list of recent USF English graduates and doctoral candidates.
Working in the Archives: an Interview with Jay Zysk
USF English Professor Dr. Jay Zysk talks about his fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
USF English professor wins American Book Award
Ira Sukrungruang, associate professor of English at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences, has been named winner of an American Book Award for his memoir “Southside Buddhist” from University of Tampa Press. In this collection of linked personal essays, Sukrungruang uses humor and insight to explore the complexities of Thai immigrant life
Department of English celebrates accomplishments
Check out what USF English students, alumni and faculty accomplished in April 2015!
Department of English hosts successful conference
In addition to the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention (CCCC), held in Tampa on March 18-21, having more registered attendees (3,600!) than past conferences, the conference, according to many of the attendees and exhibitors, was said to be the “most user-friendly” and by far the “best-run conference” they have ever experienced at the CCCC’s. Why is that?
EGSA to begin mentorship program
As the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) holds elections for next year’s officers and coordinators, the organization’s current members would like to announce their plans for the end of the semester and the next academic year.
Duke professor discusses the importance of being human
On Monday, April 6, USF’s Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the Department of English, hosted a talk by Sarah Beckwith, the Katherine Everitt Gilbert Professor of English, Theatre Studies and Religious Studies at Duke University. Beckwith spoke about Shakespeare and the importance of being human in this year’s installment of the institute’s annual Shakespeare series.
English major receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Laura Flores of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Argentina during the summer 2015 semester. She will be attending USF's Argentina Human Rights Program through which she will further develop her interests in international human rights with a focus on Latin American countries.
English major receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Alexandra Erraei of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in London during the summer 2015 semester. As a senior majoring in English and minoring in criminology, Erraei looks forward to expanding her passions for English literature and law abroad through the USF in London program.
Department of English hosts annual honors and awards ceremony
Donors, faculty, staff, students and loved ones filled Traditions Hall on April 17 to celebrate the awards presented to graduate and undergraduate students from the USF English department.
USF professor interviewed for 19th Centuries Study Association blog
Cynthia Patterson, an associate professor in the Department of English, was recently interviewed for the 19th Centuries Study Association’s blog. Patterson’s research focuses on the lives of 19th century women.
English Ph.D. student named 2015 Newman Civic Fellow
Johanna Phelps-Hillen, a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of English, has been named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors “inspiring college leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities across the country.”
USF students write $235,000 in grants for local nonprofits
Five teams of College of Arts and Sciences students wrote more than $235,000 in grant proposals for local nonprofits in fall 2014. These nonprofits included Embracing Legacy, the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Friends of the Riverwalk and CAN-DO.
English Department Student, Alumni and Faculty Accomplishments
Check out what the English department has been up to!
Creative writing master's students publish essays, fiction
The University of South Florida’s (USF) English Department is pleased to announce that five master's students have published first novels and story collections and edited or contributed to anthologies in 2014-2015. The students are either currently attending or are recent graduates from the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.
Undergraduate English student prepares for law school
With the importance today’s society places on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education, the knowledge of the value of a degree in liberal arts sometimes gets lost in the mix. This knowledge, however, was not the case for Brittnie Burns, a junior honors student majoring in literary studies.
Community Outreach, Digital Humanities and Florida Literature
What happens when you ask English majors to collaborate to solve a place-attachment problem using literature?
EGSA announces spring conference
The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is pleased to announce our upcoming spring conference, “Expanding Boundaries and Reconceptualizing Text.” The conference will be held on March 27-28, 2015.
English professor among Florida Book Award winners
USF’s Dr. Ira Sukrungruang was awarded the Bronze Medal in General Nonfiction in the 2014 Florida Book Awards for his collection of essays, “Southside Buddhist.” See the press release with the full list of this year’s winners.
Ph.D. candidates lead accessibility committee for national conference
Tampa is hosting Composition's flagship national conference, the Conference on College Composition and Communication March 18-21. Faculty, staff and students in the Department of English rhetoric and composition program have been integral to the conference planning process.
Dr. Tova Cooper Talks About Her Book, “The Autobiography of Citizenship: Assimilation and Resistance in US Education”
Tova Cooper, in her sixth year as an assistant professor with the English department at USF, is a prime example of the ways in which literature and other fields of study go hand in hand.
Novelist Larry Baker Visits USF Creative Writing Program
Novelist Larry Baker met with both graduate and undergraduate students of USF’s Creative Writing Program as part of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition (FLAC) Writer’s Circuit on Jan. 29, 2015
CAS research shares research opportunities for the humanities
The CAS Office of Research and Scholarship was established in 2001 to provide this high level of expertise paired with a professional diplomacy in our modest team of an Associate Dean for Research and supporting research team, as a go-to resource for researchers and scholars in every area of the research enterprise at the USF College of Arts and Sciences.
Homegrown Faculty Series featured John Lennon, Ph.D.
On Jan. 14 the USF Humanities Institute’s “Homegrown Faculty Series” kicked off the spring semester with Associate Professor John Lennon’s presentation on his recently published book, “Boxcar Politics: The Hobo in U.S. Culture and Literature, 1869-1956."
Department announces recent accomplishments
Our English graduate students, alumni and faculty have been busy. Check out their recent accomplishments.
Digital Writing Tools for Global Citizens Colloquium
USF organized the 2015 Digital Writing Tools for Global Citizens Colloquium on Jan. 16, 2015 in the Marshall Student Center. Joe Moxley, the director of composition at USF, hosted the event that featured presenters from NC State University, UPenn, MIT and our own alumni, Kate Pantelides, from Eastern Michigan University.
GRASP announces new coordinator
GRASP (Graduate Research and Student Publications) has selected a new coordinator, Stephanie Derisi, who invites students to submit a paper for review.
CAS offers Harry Potter class
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences offers the Culture Studies and Popular Arts “Harry Potter” Mirrors, Doubles and Twins as an English class for juniors and seniors in need of Gordon rule communications or writing intensive credit.
Big data and writing studies merge at USF colloquium
According to the Computer Sciences Corporation, by 2020, data production will be 44 times greater than it was in 2009. The interpretation and usage of large sets of data is soon to become an integral part of how we receive and process information. The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is ready to embrace this change. On Jan. 24, 2014, the Big Data and Writing Studies Colloquium took place in the Marshall Student Center at the USF Tampa campus.
CAS professor publishes “Songs for the Deaf”
In the world of academia, the phrase “publish or perish” is symbolic for the longevity of many professors’ careers. At the University of South Florida, John Fleming is on the path to immortality.
Conference to focus on Black life in America
A national conference, “Race and Place: Cultural Landscapes of Black Life in America,” sponsored by the USF Institute on Black Life will be held at USF Tampa Feb. 19-21.
USF to host "master of alternate history" writer
What might have happened if the Confederacy had won the Civil War? Or if aliens had invaded the earth during World War II? Speculation about such possibilities is the stuff of the science fiction genre known as “alternate history;” the University of South Florida Humanities Institute welcomes a writer hailed as the master of the genre -- Harry Turtledove. Turtledove will speak at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the TECO room on the USF Tampa campus.
Professor awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant
Marty Gould, associate professor of English at the University South Florida College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $112,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a four-week summer seminar for K-12 schoolteachers at the University of California, Santa Cruz in July 2014.
English professor’s latest book released
A University of South Florida English professor’s new book examines the writings of Lady Anne Bacon Drury (1572-1624), who was the granddaughter and niece of two of England's Lord Keepers of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon and Sir Francis Bacon.
English professor recognized for scholarly excellence
A University of South Florida creative writing professor was one of 11 faculty members honored by USF for oustanding scholarship and research.
Deadline approaching for Dean's Office Internship Program
The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program is looking for interns for the upcoming spring semester. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 to CPR 107. Interviews will take place on campus during Dec. 4-12.
USF hosts discussion about award winning author Norman Mailer
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning writer Norman Mailer authorized his friend and long-time archivist J. Michael Lennon to chronicle his life and the much anticipated result, “Norman Mailer: A Double Life,” has finally arrived.
Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence spends week at USF
Accolades are nothing new for writer Caryl Phillips and so it is little wonder that rave reviews are in for his week as the University of South Florida Humanities Institute’s Fall Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence.
Professor partners with Swedish University on software project
The Department of English’s Composition Program at the University of South Florida has collaborated with Sweden’s Malmö University on an exciting new venture.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Tamara Sine of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Moscow, Russia during the Summer 2013 semester. She will be studying Russian language and culture with the USF in Russia program as well as doing independent research in music education. Sine is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Grace Jean-Pierre of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the summer 2013 semester. She will be studying Spanish language and Argentine literature with the USF Imagining Argentina program. Jean-Pierre is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.
Deadline approaching for Dean's Office Internship Program
The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program is looking for interns for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 19 to CPR 107. Interviews will take place on campus sometime between April 25-May 3.
“Outlaw Novelist” James Carlos Blake returns to USF
James Carlos Blake, author of many acclaimed novels, essays and short stories is returning to USF on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when he will speak at a public event and receive the USF Distinguished Humanities Alumnus Award. The event and award presentation will be in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISA) Campus View Room, 7th Floor, starting at 6 p.m.
Kudos for new "Mailer Review"
When “Vanity Fair” columnist James Wolcott described the latest issue of “The Mailer Review” as, “No dry academic exercise in critical analysis and placement, The Mailer Journal is rich in its variety of styles and approaches…,” Phillip Sipiora felt he had fulfilled his mission as editor.
USF students compete for "Bullitzer" Prize
It may be the only course at the University of South Florida offering the opportunity to win a prize, but everyone taking the course can come out a winner. The course is First Year Composition (FYC) in USF’s Department of English. It offers the opportunity for poor writers and strong ones alike to improve. Going through FYC prepares either type for a chance to win -- the Bullitzer Prize.
CAS Dean's Office seeking interns for Spring 2013
Do you love being behind a camera? Would you consider yourself a social media whiz? Do you love to write? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should apply for the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 to CPR 107.
CAS Dean's Office to host internship information session
Do you love being behind a camera? Would you consider yourself a social media whiz? Do you love to write? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should check out the information session for the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office Internship Program at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in Cooper Hall (CPR) 355.
Professor creates "Writing Commons" to help students
To Joe Moxley, words are sacred. Good writing not only tells a good story, but is important in shaping how people learn, how they approach topics and issues with critical thinking, how they convey their thoughts and analyses to others.
Interns needed for the College of Arts and Sciences
Are you a great writer? Do you love working with social media or behind a camera? The University of South Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is looking for enthusiastic and motivated students for their summer and fall internships. There will be an information session on Wednesday, April 4 at 5 p.m. in Cooper Hall (CPR) 471.
USF to celebrate National Poetry Month
If National Poetry Month at the University of South Florida is not the largest event of its kind this year -- in Florida or the nation -- USF Professor Jay Hopler will be surprised. All the ingredients are there.
USF professors, fiction writers to discuss apocalypse theories
For the last few years, the blogosphere has buzzed with dire predictions that the end of the world is at hand -- either at the hands of God, ancient Maya prophecies, or human beings’ capacity to destroy ourselves or our environment.
Latest issue of The Mailer Review looks at Norris Mailer
An intimate and intriguing portrait emerges of Norman Mailer’s wife, Norris Church Mailer, in writings found in the latest issue of The Mailer Review.
USF postdoc program gives recent grads an edge
It’s still a tight job market, no more so than for humanities and social science scholars with advanced degrees. Although there are fewer of the proverbial “Ph.D.s pumping gas” out there than during previous downturns, thanks in part to new postdoctoral programs at a growing number of U.S. colleges and universities.
Alumnus discusses AIDS documentary
University of South Florida alumnus Ed Wolf visited the campus library Tuesday for the showing of "We Were Here," an 89-minute documentary about the AIDS epidemic in San Fransisco during the 1980s.
USF professor receives honorary degree in Romania
University of South Florida professor Pat Rogers recently traveled to the University of Bucharest in Romania in early November to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of the University.
USF mourns loss of long-time English professor
Alma Green Bryant, a member of the Department of English at the University of South Florida for 39 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Born in Elberton, Ga., she grew up in Fort Valley, Ga. Bryant was a graduate of Fort Valley State College in Georgia, where she received a bachelor’s degree with honors, Columbia University (M.A.), and the University of Florida (Ed.D.).
CAS students receive Genshaft/Greenbaum scholarship
Her name was Maylin; she was 7-years-old and far away from her home in Panama. The little girl with no legs and no parents to care for her made her way to the USF campus where she found a new friend at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
USF student looks at value of today’s young adult fiction
For a generation of young readers, it’s werewolves over “The Sea Wolf” and Team Edward over Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
USF journal inspires undergraduate writers
Can you reflect on the symbolism of beer-stained carpet? What would happen if all the culture, music and art in the world were stolen? And is there some essential truth to a parent’s eternal question to their malingering college-age child: Are you sick, or just hung over?
USF to unveil poetry garden
The garden is a winding path through pine trees and palms. A pavilion made of wood and thatched with palm leaves is available among the poems posted along the path for visitors to stop, sit, and create their own sense of place.
USF professor explores the role of men as feminists
University of South Florida English Professor Gary Lemons is all too familiar with the “f” word that can put lots of people on edge -- feminism.
English department to host lecture about satire
The University of South Florida’s English department will be hosting the annual DeBartolo lecture at 3 p.m. on April 7 in the Grace Allen Room of the USF library.
Professor named editor of online journal about women authors
They were suspicious of the new technology. People could steal your words. They could easily spread lies. And how would you know if anything you read was actually true?
Lecture to discuss pop culture's impact on literacy
USF’s English department is hosting Bronwyn Williams, writer and professor of English at University of Louisville, at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 4, in the Marshall Student Center room 2707.
Mailer Review focuses on two "literary warriors"
Masculinity, toughness, fantasy women, violence, war, boxing, guns -- these are the themes that unite two of the 20th Century’s greatest writers, Norman Mailer and Ernest Hemingway.
Author Tony D’Souza to speak at USF
Award-winning novelist Tony D’Souza will be at USF to read and discuss his published works at 7 p.m., Jan. 26, 2011, in the auditorium of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions. There will be a book signing at the end of the event, which is sponsored by the USF Department of English and the Center for India Studies.
6 CAS professors named Outstanding Undergraduate Teachers
Six College of Arts and Sciences professors received the University of South Florida Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for the 2009-10 school year.