March 1999

Volume 17

Number 4



In This Issue:

From The Chair

In Print

Panels & 

Awards & 

Website Update




Luke Whisnant

Assistant Editors

Reid Anderson

Tony Morace

Written by

Reid Anderson

Tony Morace

Luke Whisnant


Gabrielle Brant

Reid Anderson


The Common Reader

From The Chair

Personnel matters continue to occupy much of the faculty's time as we move into the middle of the spring semester. The search for a new department chair resulted in one name being sent forward to Dean Sparrow; after preliminary discussions with the Dean, the applicant for the position withdrew from the search. An internal search for a permanent chair has now been authorized by the Dean and a new search committee has been elected by the faculty. Committee members Bauer, P. Bizzaro, and Farr will be joined by a committee chair from outside the department and another departmental member to be appointed by the Dean.

Other searches within the department continue at various stages of progress, with one search having been concluded successfully: Laura Micciche has accepted the position of Assistant Professor. A specialist in Composition and Rhetoric, Ms. Micciche expects to receive her doctorate this spring from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ms. Micciche has published three articles, two interviews, and two reviews, as well as a number of poems. 

On-campus interviews for a specialist in Native American literature have been completed and recommendations for hiring have been sent forward. That position should be filled by the end of March. Three candidates for the position in linguistics/TESL are scheduled to arrive for on-campus interviews beginning the week of March 22, while preliminary screening for the positions in Shakespeare/Renaissance literature and in Technical and Professional Communication begin March 15 and March 22, respectively. 

The Personnel Committee has also made recommendations concerning hiring of fixed-term faculty, and positions are currently being filled.  I expect, however, that additional fixed-term positions will be authorized, as usual, up to the date that classes actually begin.

As this hiring season draws to a close, faculty may begin to look forward to next year, when it appears that we will have at least two to three new tenure-track positions to fill.

--Bruce Southard

In Print

As usual, if you'd like to read an excerpt from or find out more about a colleague's publication, just click on the title; use your "back" button to return to TCR.

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The recently-published American National Biography (Oxford UP) includes two entries by Marie Farr (Inglis Fletcher and Anna Katharine Green), two by Margaret Bauer (Grace Lumpkin and Mary Spears Tiernan), and fourteen by Lillian Robinson (Mary Austin, Katherine Lee Bates, Alvah Bessie, Margaret Wise Brown, Laura Z. Hobson, Christopher Isherwood, Penny Lernoux, Sam Levenson, Richard Lockridge, Helen MacInnes, Carey McWilliams, Albert Maltz, John Tunis, and Harriet Wilson). At 24 volumes and a list price of  $2,500, the ANB makes a great stocking stuffer.

Alex Albright's entry on Jack Kerouac ("Kerouac, Jack. 1922-69") appears in The Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs, edited by Neil Larry Shumsky.

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Graduate Creative Writing student Mary Carroll-Hackett's story "Game" was published March 7th in the Raleigh News & Observer's "Sunday Reader," a forum for NC fiction writers. Carroll-Hackett is the fourth fiction writer in the department thus featured, but she is the first student writer--from any writing program anywhere--ever published in "Sunday Reader." The previous week, Carroll-Hackett's story "What the Potter Said" won first place ($100 and publication) in the Lynx Eye Captivating Beginnings competition, and first place in Birmingham Southern College's Hackney Literary Award Fiction competition (also $100 and publication).

Seodial Deena's article, "Progression from Single-Dimensional Incompetence to Multi-Dimensional Competence in Wright's Native Son and Gaines' Of Love and Dust and A Lesson Before Dying" appears in Working with Students: Proceedings: The 1998 Conference of the English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities.

<  Farmer

Frank Farmer (with Nancy Zeller, Education), has the lead article in the Jan-Feb 1999 issue of International Journal of  Qualitative Studies in Education: "'Catchy, Clever Titles Are Not Acceptable': Style, APA, and Qualitative Reporting." 

Julie Fay's article "Hannah and Her Sister: The Facts of Fiction," was the lead chapter in the 1998 Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, published by Cambridge University Press in December. 

Peter Makuck's review of Friend or Foe? Russians in American Film and Foreign Policy from 1933-1991 appears in the Winter issue of Southern Humanities Review.

Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo, edited by Ada Azodo and Gay Wilentz, has just been published by Africa World Press. 

Panels & Presentations

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Pat Bizzaro and Resa Crane Bizzaro gave a presentation titled "Treating Low-Level Error in the Developmental Writing Course: An Application of Error Analysis" at the Two-Year College Association (TYCA) annual meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, February 18-20, 1999.

Seodial Deena presented a lecture, "Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War in Uncle Tom's Cabin," Archdale, NC, February 11, 1999 as part of "Let's Talk About It," organized by Duke University. Back at ECU, Deena organized the African American Reading Day, Feb. 22, 1999.  Sixty-five faculty, staff, and students attended. 

Julie Fay gave a reading from her new book The Woman Behind You at Barnes and Noble on Valentine's Day and was interviewed March 8th and 9th by WTEB's George Olsen for Morning Edition.

Peter Makuck gave a poetry reading at UNC-Charlotte March 4th.

In addition to hearing some great blues guitar at a club in Tuscaloosa, Bob Siegel read a paper, "The Metaphysics of Tennessee Williams" at the 23rd Annual Alabama Symposium on English and American Literature, on February 5th.

C.W. Sullivan III gave the Saint David's Day lecture at The College of William and Mary on 1 March 1999. Saint David is the patron saint of Wales, and every year the Friends of Wales at William and Mary sponsor a scholarly address on some aspect of Welsh Studies. Sullivan, an authority on the medieval prose pieces known as the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, spoke on "The Mabinogi as a Cultural Document," discussing the evidence for a matrilineal to patrilineal inheritance shift in those tales. 

<  Tawake

With former ECU colleague Todd Goodson, Sandy Tawake conducted a workshop for high school English teachers--"Poets, Pirates, and Public Language"--at The Writing Conference in Lawrence, Kansas on February 26.

February was a busy month for Reginald Watson, as he gave the following presentations around campus and town: "The Importance of Black History and the Achievements of the NAACP" to the ECU NAACP chapter, February 16; "Excellence Without Excuse" to the ECU Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, February 18th; "African American Soldiers: Contributions That Saved a Country," presented as part of Scott Dormitory's celebration of Black History Month, February 25; and "Black Role Models from the Past," to Cedar Missionary Baptist Church, February 28th. On February 22nd and 23rd, Watson's  play, "I've Seen the Mountain Top and It Don't Look So Good" was performed at E.B. Aycock Middle School, Bethel Elementary School, and Plymouth High School, and Watson and the Thespians of Diversity conducted acting workshops for Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Greenville, on February 13th.

Awards & Appointments

As alert readers have doubtless noticed, Common Reader items are usually listed alphabetically by last name. Sometimes we have to juggle the order a bit, however, to get the photos to fit. 

<  Douglass

Thomas Douglass has been appointed series editor for the University of Tennessee Press. He will be responsible for selecting out-of-print Appalachian classics for republication.

Seodial Deena has been appointed as MLA Bibliographer for Caribbean and Postcolonial Literature--Post Colonial Approach, Journal of Caribbean Studies, Caribbean Quarterly, Commonwealth Review, Indo-American Review, and the Journal of West Indian Literature.

Frank Farmer was invited recently to serve on the Editorial Board of Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists.

<  Mills

Jerry Leath Mills served as Visiting Professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire during the fall semester of 1998, along with Rachel Mills, who held a similar appointment at Colby-Sawyer.

Lorraine Robinson was chosen to serve on a panel at Tryon Palace which explored the possibility of establishing a Shakespeare Festival in the New Bern area. Robinson, a long-time supporter of the NC Shakespeare Festival in High Point and an actor / director in her own right, was consulted on the potential economic impact on the region, the specific educational and cultural benefits for area students, and the contemporary "relevance" of Shakespeare ("especially," she says, "his plots, the pervasive presence of his exact language, and his accessibility by the 'common woman/man'").

Reginald Watson received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Involvement from the Greenville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority on February 14th.


Website Update

Here's what's new on the English Department website (other than the page you're reading, of course).

Several folks have mentioned that they've made the new Events Page their default homepage in Netscape: "that way, every time I start my browser, I get a reminder of what's coming up in the department."  This page is always up-to-date; as events warrant, we revise it daily (sometimes even twice daily). Over the past month, we have listed not only the special events, such as lectures and readings, but also every meeting of note, including the special meetings with Dean Sparrow and the presentations of various candidates. It's a handy way of staying on top of things around our neck of the woods. 

Except for a couple of holdouts, all faculty members' profile pages are up and running. Please do check your page periodically, and if you have revisions (for example, if you're teaching a new course or have a new area of interest you'd like listed), just let us know. Click on English Faculty to see your page.

Angel Savage
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We also have a new staff page, with photos and bios of Angel, Debbie, Gwen, and Vickie (Kim's photo is forthcoming). Check it out by going to Staff Page.

New in the last month are the Technical and Professional Communication site (designed by graduate student Michele Ward and revised by Sherry Southard) and the revised Creative Writing Site (the original was deleted in the move from the vax to the personal server). Both these sites are accessible from the Graduate Studies Page.

Also in the last few weeks, we've started putting together sites for the Departmental Journals.  Of particular note is the NCLR Homepage, beautifully designed by Sally Lawrence. All these sites are under development, so don't expect all the links to work yet.

One more page of note: Resources. On this page we've listed a few links to other sites that students, faculty, and websurfers might find helpful or interesting. If you have suggestions for sites you think would be appropriate, please send them along.

And of course, if you're really interested in keeping up with what's new on our site, just go periodically to What's New.



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