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Research in the English Department

Faculty Publications

Our faculty have diverse research interests, and we publish in many disciplines including: children's literature, creative writing, film studies, folklore, linguistics, literature, multicultural and transnational literatures, rhetoric and composition, teaching English to speakers of other languages, technical and professional communication, and more. This page includes a small sample of our recent publications in both popular and academic venues. 

John Hoppenthaler’s 9/11 poem “A Jar of Rain” has been reprinted
John Hoppenthaler’s 9/11 poem, “A Jar of Rain,” has been reprinted in the anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia (West Virginia UP, 2017). https://www.newpages.com/book-reviews/eyes-glowing-at-edge-of-woods

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Writing Assessment: Emotions, Feelings, and Teachers
Dr. Nikki Caswell’s article, “Writing Assessment: Emotions, Feelings, and Teachers,” was published by The CEA Forum in 2011. She approaches writing assessment as more than just grading or responding to a set of student papers within a classroom context. Her article looks at writing assessment as a complex act that links to teaching and learning, that affects the educational environment and students, that acknowledges the consequences of

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Communication of Complex Information: User Goals and Information Needs for Dynamic Web Information
Dr. Albers‘ book, Communication of Complex Information: User Goals and Information Needs for Dynamic Web Information, was published by Routledge in 2004. This book helps develop a foundation for analysis and design which supports the approaches to providing the complex information which people require to address real world situations. For more information about the book visit http://www.tandfebooks.com/isbn/9781410611543

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Vote and Voice: Women’s Organizations and Political Literacy
Wendy Sharer’s book, Vote and Voice: Women’s Organizations and Political Literacy, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2004. She explores the rhetorical and pedagogical practices through which two prominent postsuffrage organizations—the League of Women Voters and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—challenged the conventions of male-dominated political discourse and trained women as powerful rhetors. For more information about the book visit https://www.questia.com/library/105251086/vote-and-voice-women-s-organizations-and-political

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Vaccinations and Public Concern in History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception
Andrea Kitta’s book, Vaccinations and Public Concern in History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception, was published by Routledge in 2012. The book explores vernacular beliefs and practices that surround decisions not to vaccinate. Through the use of ethnographic, media, and narrative analyses, this book reviews the vernacular explanatory models used in inoculation decision-making. For more information about the book visit https://www.routledge.com/Vaccinations-and-Public-Concern-in-History-Legend-Rumor-and-Risk-Perception/Kitta/p/book/9780415887038

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