Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bryan, Shafer, and Michael Awarded Ph.D.'s; Brown and Latham Earn M.A.'s

Drs. Renfroe and Michael | Dr. Shafer and His Daughters | Dr. Bryan and His Wife Sally

Brown (2nd in the line to the left)
 and Lathan (behind Brown)

On May 6th, at the first ever College of Graduate Studies' solo commencement, Dr. Clint Bryan (hooded by Dr. Mohammed Albakry), Dr. Phil Shafer (hooded by Dr. Martha Hixon), and Dr. Shellie Michael (hooded by Dr. Mischa Renfroe) were awarded Doctor of Philosophy degrees in English.

Will Brown (who wrote his thesis under the guidance of Dr. Gaylord Brewer) and Mary Marley Latham (working with Dr. Marion Hollings) both received M.A. degrees.
Drs. Albakry and Hixon
Dr. Hixon Hoods Dr. Shafer

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gaitely's Book to be Published

Dr. Patricia Gaitely's book on the novels of Louisiana writer Dave Robicheaux will be published by L.S.U. Press in August. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dr. Dawn Hall Receives Award

Dr. Dawn Hall (Ph.D., 2014) recently received the University College Research and Creative Activity Award at Western Kentucky University.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Three English Ph.D. Candidates Granted PDWFs

Three doctoral candidates, Khristeena Lute, Dennis Wise, and Sarah Gray, have been awarded Provost's Dissertation Writing Fellowships for 2016-2017.

These PDWFs will enable Kristeena (working with Dr. Pat Bradley), Dennis (working with Dr. David Lavery), and Sarah (working with Dr. Mischa Renfroe) to complete work on their dissertations during the upcoming school year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Catching Up with Mary Marley Latham

Mary Marley Latham recently defended her M.A. thesis Apologia pro Semanalyse: Kristeva and Wordsworth’s Maternal Sublime at MTSU. The thesis was directed by Dr. Marion Hollings. She has begun working towards a Ph.D. in English Literature at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. 

Latham also contributed “James Bonds of Feminism: Julia Kristeva, Stephanie Delacour, and the Feminist Intellectual Antihero” to the Cultural Studies collection Crime Uncovered: Antihero, edited by Rebecca Stewart and Fiona Peters (a book that was recently reviewed by Jonathan Barnes in the Times Literary Supplement.)

Additionally, in January Latham presented “The Situated Significance of ‘Transcendence’: From Wordsworth and Emerson to de Beauvoir” at an MLA session sponsored by the Simone de Beauvoir Society.

Latham has been accepted to this year’s Cornell Summer Theory and Criticism program where she will participate in the seminar The Right to Ignorance: Psychoanalysis and Secrets in Times of Surveillance, taught by Renata Salecl. She has also been invited to this year’s Kristeva Circle Conference in Stockholm, Sweden to deliver the presentation “The Maternal Sublime: Aesthetic Implications of Klein’s Object-Relations Theory.”

English Department Graduate Student Poets Showcased in the Spring 2016 "Collage"

In the new (Spring 2016) issue of Collage, five of the fourteen selections in the poetry section were authored by English Department graduate students Amy Harris-Aber, Will Brown, and StarShield Lortie.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It's Administrative Professionals Day

On this, Administrative Professionals Day, let's all praise the English Department's superb staff.

Michelle Wise Defends Her Dissertation

Michelle Wise has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "I am a Monster, Just Like She Said”: Monstrous Lesbians in Contemporary Gothic Film.

Dr. David Lavery directed the dissertation, and Drs. Linda Badley and Will Brantley served as readers.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Will Brown to Pursue M.F.A. at WKU

Will Brown, who recently defended his thesis “From Near Darkness: Experimenting a Way into Contemporary Poetry" at MTSU under the direction of Dr. Gaylord Brewer, has been accepted into the M.F.A. program at Western Kentucky University.

Rebekah Taylor Earns Ph.D. at Kent State University

Rebekah Taylor (M.A. , 2010), successfully defended her doctoral dissertation "Anthropocene Modernisms: Ecological Expressions of the 'Human Age' in Eliot, Williams, Toomer, and Woolf" at Kent State University.

DiGregorio to Attend Old Miss

Savannah DiGregorio, who graduated with a BA in December 2015, has accepted an assistantship in the University of Mississippi Department of English, where she will be pursuing her M.A.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

McDaniel Plaque Unveiled

A plaque honoring Dr. John Noble McDaniel was unveiled at a ceremony in the James Union Building on April 15th.

 McDaniel (1941-2010) was a long-time member (1970-2010) and Chair (1978-1984) of the English Department and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (1984-2010). His "auto-obituary, written by Dean McDaniel himself, can be found below. Among the many friends and colleagues in attendance were his twin brother Dr. Thomas McDaniel and his widow Jean.

The plaque will have a permanent home in Peck Hall 301, now renamed The John N. McDaniel Seminar Room.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

R. I. P., Cheryl Flanigan

Our colleague Cheryl Flanigan died last night at St. Thomas Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was 63.

Cheryl was educated at MTSU (B.A. 1976); M.A., 1979; EdS, 1995) and has been a member of the faculty since 1989. Cheryl taught for years in our Stretch program, and her dedication to first year writing and ESL students was truly remarkable.

Her sister, Deborah Flanigan, is the English Department's senior secretary, serving in the office of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Read her obituary on the Daily News Journal website.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

RIP, Jim Ridley

Jim Ridley was an English major at MTSU, graduating in 1989.

Read the entire story here.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Chapman and Hamby Take on New Roles

The University Writing Center is pleased to announced that Caty Chapman is being recognized for her years of excellent work and is being promoted to the rank of Associate Director.

Also, Dr. Jim Hamby will be moving out of his split position with GTAC and the UWC and will be in the Writing Center full time.

Hamby and Chapman

Friday, April 1, 2016

ENGL 3320 students win at Scholars Day

Lusha Li and Jiaying Du won 1st place for their analysis of gender politics in Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth. Their poster will be on display in the library April 4-9. 
Jessica Howard's poster highlighting "the autobiographical impulse" of Hemingway and Faulkner won 3rd place.

Monday, March 28, 2016

"Off Center": The University Writing Center Launches Its Own Literary Magazine

The editorial staff of the University Writing Center's new literary magazine, OFF CENTER, needs your help to make our first issue a memorable success!

Our goal is to print work from writing consultants, English Graduate students, and students who visit the University Writing Center.

​Our focus is on work that expresses something about the writing process - both academic and creative.

We want your poetry, your short prose, your nonfiction, and your visual work!

For example, you might submit advice for writers as well as meditations on producing critical pieces for class or publication.

If you're a writing consultant, you could consider crafting a personal narrative about a memorable moment in a session.
Do you have fears about the writing process? Nightmares? Triumphs and successes?
We want to hear about those, too!

  • Submissions should be limited to three per individual. 
  • Each piece should be no longer than 1000 words. 
  • We happily accept shorter pieces, as well. 
  • The deadline for sending in work is April 15. 
  • Please send your visual work in the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, or .png
Written work should be submitted as a .doc or docx

Email your submissions to
Thank you for your interest and assistance in providing MTSU with another important outlet for student voices!

Hillary Yeager and Amy Harris-Aber, Editors

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Moonshower Named the Outstanding Lower Division Instructor

Lower Division Director Dr. Ron Kates announced today the winner of this year's Outstanding Lower Division Instructor award: Professor Candace Moonshower.

McDaniel Award Winners for 2016 Announced

Dr. Ellen Donovan, the Department's GTA Coordinator, announced today this year's winners of the McDaniel Awards, named for former Department Chair and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts John McDaniel.
Dr. John N. McDaniel
  • The 2016 McDaniel Teaching Award went to Sarah Gray.
  • The 2016 McDaniel Promise in Teaching Award went to StarShield Lortie.
The awards will be given at the College of Liberal Arts Award Ceremony on April 7th.