Volume 20, Number 1:  September 2001

From the Chair  |  In Print  |  Panels & Presentations  |  Awards & Appointments  |  Miscellany  |  From the Editor

The Common Reader

From the Chair

The Department of English lost two long-time members of the department during the summer when Jo Ann Jones and Myra Cain retired.  Both Jones and Cain were tenured Assistant Professors in the Department of English, though both had worked for a number of years in administrative positions outside the department--Professor Jones as Senior Associate Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Professor Cain as a member of the General Administration of the University of North Carolina.

B. SouthardAs in past years, however, the department added a number of new faculty and staff.  Joining the department as tenure-track Assistant Professors are the following: 

Brent Henze,  Technical and Professional Communication (B.A. Hamilton College; M.A. Syracuse University; ABD, Pennsylvania State University)

Angelo Restivo, Film (B.A. University of Chicago; M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D. University of Southern California)

Wendy Sharer, Rhetoric and Composition (B.A. Hamilton College; M.A. Syracuse University; Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) 

Laureen Tedesco, Children's Literature (B.A. Nicholls State University; M.A. University of Southwestern Louisiana; Ph.D. Texas A & M University) 

Eve Wiederhold, Rhetoric and Composition (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago)

Visiting Assistant Professor Gary Weissman (B.A. Brown University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; M.F.A. University of California, San Diego) and Lecturer Melissa Matyjasik (B.S., M.A. East Carolina University) complete the additions to the faculty.

Replacing staff member Tim Gaddie in the Writing Studio is Stephanie West-Puckett, who received her M.A. in English from East Carolina University this past summer.  While staff member Karen Cook has been on maternity leave with her new son Alexzander, Crystal Smith has ably filled in as departmental receptionist and assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Programs. 

A number of new colleagues will also be joining the department next year, as the Executive and Personnel Committees have recently recommended that five search committees be formed to recruit new tenure-track faculty for the 2002-2003 academic year.  Searches will be conducted for new faculty in the fields of Contemporary Literature, Hispanic-American Literature, Medieval Literature, Technical/Professional Communication, and Victorian Literature.  The department will also be seeking a new administrative assistant to complete the five-person administrative staff.

This coming year, the department plans to finish the revision of its undergraduate program that began almost one and one-half years ago and will also submit a "Request to Plan" a multidisciplinary doctoral program focusing on Technical and Professional Communication.  Distance Education offerings will continue to be expanded, with Multicultural Literature courses and a post-baccalaureate on-line certificate in Multicultural Literature possibly joining the existing post-baccalaureate certificate program in Technical and Professional Communication, an area of concentration in which the department will also seek approval for an online M.A. in English.

These new faculty and planned curricular developments indicate that the Department of English continues to evolve in order to meet the changing needs of our students, the university, and the region.

--Bruce Southard

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