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Spotlight on English Department Faculty

“The Current”  5/1/2018
Scholarship & Creative Activity & Awards

 Nancy Bell
presented “Integrating Language Play Into The L2 Classroom: Teaching Hyperbolic Numerals” at the conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Chicago on March 26th. She also presented a version of this at the Palouse Language and Culture Symposium at the University of Idaho on April 14th. Hyperbolic numerals, for those who are still wondering, are things like “zillion” and “kajillion.”

Ashley Boyd
received the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Career Award for Early Achievement at the CAS celebration of Excellence on April 19. Boyd was awarded for her research and scholarship on teachers’ social justice literacies in the secondary English classroom and her teaching and service at the university.

Michael Delahoyde
before traveling to Italy for a fourth independently grant-funded summer of archival research, will be filmed in Los Angeles for a documentary on the Shakespeare authorship question.

Elle Fournier
was chosen as one of the 2018 summer fellows for the CDSC. She will explore locality and globalization, focused on the viticulture and terroir of the Columbia Valley American Viticultural Area. The 2018 Summer Fellows will work with CDSC staff on their projects and they will participate in the Palouse Digital Scholarship Symposium — a week long collaboration with the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning at the University of Idaho.

Curtis Harty
presented at the National PCA/ACA conference in Indianapolis on March 29. The title for his presentation was “Dehumanizing the Non-world Human: Intersections of the Human, Non-human, and Gender in Pixar’s WALL-E.”

The English Department’s Undergraduate Colloquia, held on April 9th, hosted 10 student presentations. English, DTC, Music, Science Education, and Agricultural Economics students shared short films, personal essays, a play, original compositions, and remix projects. The event was attended by several students (majors and non-majors) and several parents. Due to student interest, Amy Petersilie Heileand Kate Watts will continue to organize the event once a semester.

Zarah Moeggenberg
recently accepted a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at Utah State University in Technical Communication and Social Justice.

Jeff Pearson
was recently a finalist in the Autumn House Press Rising Writer Prize judged by the poet Richard Siken. He also had a poem accepted for publication in the Agape Editions blog forthcoming in April or May. His chapbook, Location Services, will be released in July from Finishing Line Press.

Donna L. Potts‘s
response to sexual harassment was covered by the NYT on March 16. NYTimes: Readers Shared Their Harassment Stories. Experts Weigh In.

Linda Russo
will present poems as a part of “River Arts: Reimagining the Columbia across Borders” at Selkirk College in British Columbia in May. In April, she presented poems for a queer ecology ecopoetics panel at the New Orleans Poetry Festival, where she also chaired a panel of critical-creative presentations by contributors to Counter-Desecration: aGlossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, which she co-edited, forthcoming in August from Wesleyan University Press.

Rachel Sanchez and Kate Watts
were both honored at theASWSU 5th Annual Faculty Staff Appreciation Awards celebration on April 10th. Kate received the Exceptional Usage of Open Educational Resources award and Rachel received the Exceptional Professor award for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Pamela Thoma
presented a paper entitled “Mindy Kaling’s Memoirs and the Rise of an Asian American Woman-Child Celebrity” at the Association for Asian American Studies annual conference in San Francisco, March 29-31.

Tabitha Espina Velasco‘s
travel narrative, “Pacific Pilipina in the Ocean of Palouse”was published in Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia issue 53.1 by the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Two seniors in the Digital Technology and Culture program received 2018 summer mini grants from the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue creative activities. Aache Howard-McDanielwill be working with the WSU Libraries and Anthropology Department to redesign/migrate the Museum of Anthropology’s website. Amani Brownwill be going to Los Angeles to explore opportunities in the media industry, chronicle the experiences of people of color in the media post-production field, and further develop his video editing skills.

“The Current”  4/2/2018
Scholarship & Creative Activity & Awards

Todd Butler
presented a paper entitled “Political Cognition and Treason in Shakespeare’s Histories” at the recent Renaissance Society of America conference in New Orleans, LA. He was also elected to a three-year term as the RSA’s national representative for the “Legal/Political Thought” study area.

Beth Buyserie, Edie-Marie Roper, Mark Triana,Tabitha Espina Velasco, and Kate Watts
presented at the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication on March 16thin Kansas City.  Their panel was entitled “Programmatic Perspectives on Teaching Language, Knowledge, and Power.”

Michael Delahoyde
was one of two invited speakers on “Shakespeare’s Shylock” in a forum at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, an event anticipating the Seattle Shakespeare production of The Merchant of Venice.

Mike Edwards
gave a presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Kansas City, Missouri on “The Economic Transformation of Written Labor into Data from Learning Management Systems: Students’ Rights to Their Own Digital Capital” as a part of a featured panel sponsored by the CCCC Intellectual Property Standing Group.

DJ Lee’s
creative nonfiction essay “A Syntax of Splits and Ruptures” has been accepted for publication at Superstition Reviewand will appear in its next issue.

Lee co-led a workshop at the American Society for Environmental History, “People, Place, and Voice: Oral History Basics for Environmental Historians” with Donna Sinclair, Department of History, WSU-Vancouver and James Lewis, Senior Historian, Forest History Society. She also participated in the roundtable “The Land Speaks: Using Oral History to Enrich American Environmental History,” March 12-17, in Riverside, CA.

Lee’s 8-volume series Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation has been selected for inclusion in Routledge Historical ResourcesRomanticism. From the press: “Routledge Historical Resources is an online resource specially curated for students and academics, which provides users with access to the best and most relevant book and journal content from Taylor & Francis in a variety of different subject areas. Each resource also offers a selection of specially commissioned thematic essays written by experts in the field.”

Buddy Levy
was featured in episodes of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new series on HISTORY, which premiered March 7 at 9pm EST. The series “The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen” spans a formative period of history featuring the first 75 volatile years of the United States – from the Revolution through the California Gold Rush – where Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, John Frémont, Davy Crockett and Andrew Jackson set forth across uncharted land with determination and self-reliance. Buddy Levy was interviewed about the famous frontiersman David Crockett, about whom Levy wrote a biography called American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett. You can see the announcement onVarietyand watch the trailer here.

Donna L. Potts
presented three invited lectures at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-Goa Campus: “Othello, Race, and America,” on March 14; “Roads to Nowhere: Irish Roads Protests,” March 13; and “Reading Ophelia’s Madness” Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-Goa Campus, March 12, 2018.

Heather Ramos
will present a conference paper entitled, “Disrupting Prime Time TV and Claiming a Space for the LGBT Community: The Power of Discourse in ‘When We Rise’” at the 2018 Cultural Studies Association Conference, which will be held from May 31st through June 2nd, 2018 at Carnegie Mellon University.

Sherwin K.R. Sales
was awarded first place for the Arts, Humanities, and Design category at WSU’s GPSA Research Exposition, presenting his poster and multimodal video project, “In Yo’ Face, Yellowface!: Challenging Representation of Asians and Asian Americans through Détournement.” He also presented his paper “We May Be Larger Than We Appear: Composing Asian American Resistance” at the Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference in San Francisco on March 29th, 2018.

Tabitha Espina Velasco and Sherwin Sales‘s
workshop presentation, “Reclamation of the Past, Resistance in the Present, and Responsibilities towards the Future through Filipino American Literacy Narratives,” was accepted for presentation at the Filipino American National Historical Society Conference: “Community for Cohesion and Collaboration” on July 11-14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

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