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Graduate Program News

Recipients of Department’s Summer Funding Report Back

December 1, 2015

A number of students received summer funds this year from the Department, enabling them to visit archives, attend international conferences, and enroll at special institutes. Here are condensed versions of their dispatches back to us:

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Geoff Bender Accepts Visiting Faculty Post

November 4, 2015

Please join the Department in congratulating Geoff Bender (PhD 2012) on his appointment to Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Cortland, where he teaches courses in (among other topics) film, literature for adolescents, and also writing pedagogy.

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Registration Reminder: Spring 2016

November 4, 2015

Registration opened November 2, 2015. Registration is on-line and is a process you need to do each semester, even if you have completed your credit requirement (30 for master’s; 90 for Ph.D.).

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Congratulations to Joseph Lamperez!

October 28, 2015

The English Department is delighted to announce that an essay by Joseph Lamperez, entitled "The Aztecs and Urban Form in Bataille, Rivera, and JG Posada," has been accepted for publication in Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. Examining the representation of the Aztec in the work of Georges Bataille, Diego Rivera, and Jose Guadalupe Posada, the essay argues that this figure serves to critique various aspects of modernization.

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John Chandler to Hold Visiting Assistant Professorship

May 28, 2015

Felicitations to John Chandler (PhD 2012), who will be teaching at Merrimack College next year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medieval and Digital Studies. John has been serving as an adjunct at Merrimack for the past few semesters.

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Joe Vogel Begins Tenure-Track Position at Merrimack

May 21, 2015

A hearty congratulations to Joe Vogel (PhD 2014), who has recently accepted a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Contemporary American Literature and Film at Merrimack College. In addition, Joe has three new articles appearing this year: in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, the Journal of Popular Culture, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

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Kristi Castleberry Accepts Tenure-Track Job at Lyndon State

May 14, 2015

The Department congratulates Kristi Castleberry on her new role as Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Early British Literature at Lyndon State College (VT). For the past year, Kristi has held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program.

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Leah Haught Accepts Tenure-Track Position at UWG

March 27, 2015

The English Department extends its warm congratulations to Leah Haught (PhD '11), who has just accepted a tenure-track medievalist position at the University of West Georgia. Leah joins UWG's English Department from Georgia Tech, where she has been serving as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow for the past three years; prior to that, she held a postdoctoral fellowship in the U of R's Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program.

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Congratulations to Nikolaus Wasmoen!

March 16, 2015

PhD candidate and Blake-Archive contributor Nikolaus Wasmoen has been appointed Project Manager for the recently-launched ModNets (short for "Modernist Networks"). The latest addition to the consortium of scholarly digital projects that includes the well-known NINES and 18thConnect, ModNets intends to offer peer review of digital modernist projects, to aggregate scholarly resources in the field, and to render easily searchable the full range of digital publications that traditional libraries tend to omit from their indices and collections.

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Dan Hutchins Accepts Position at Texas Tech University

March 11, 2015

Dan Hutchins (PhD '13) will begin a new tenure-track position at Texas Tech University this fall. Dan joins Texas Tech from North Dakota State University, where he has been serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and where he has specialized in early American literature, Latin American studies, and critical theory.

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Congratulations to Kara McShane!

March 10, 2015

Kara McShane (PhD '14) has recently accepted a tenure-track position in the English Department of Ursinus College, outside Philadelphia, where her teaching and scholarship will focus on Medieval Literature. Kara has held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program here at the U of R for the past year. She will begin her new position as of August 1st.

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Esther Arnold Accepts Archivist Position at Rare Books

August 18, 2014

Esther Arnold (PhD '13) has accepted a full-time position in the Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation Department of Rush Rhees Library, where she will be serving in the capacity of Archives Assistant. Esther brings with her a wealth of experience garnered both from her work as a Project Assistant at the William Blake Archive (2008-13) as well as from her Curatorial Fellowship at George Eastman House (2010-12). Congratulations!

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Martha Johnson-Olin Hired at Potomac State College

June 24, 2014

Congratulations to Martha Johnson-Olin (PhD '14), who has recently accepted a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at Potomac State College (a division of West Virginia University). Johnson-Olin's dissertation, in which she places Middle English Romance in dialogue with early folklore and fairy-tale traditions, was completed under the direction of Professor Russell Peck.

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Graduate Registration Reminder

June 1, 2014

Fall 2014 registration will begin on April 7, 2014.  Registration is a process you need to do each semester, even if you have completed your credit requirement (30 for master’s; 90 for Ph.D.).  It is important for you to be in touch with Carrie Morriss regarding your registration if you are unsure how to register.

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Arnold, Zogas Win 2014 Gilman Prize

May 12, 2014

Congratulations to Esther Arnold and Peter Zogas,  recipients of the 2014 William H. Gilman Memorial Prize. The Gilman is awarded annually by the English Department to a graduating PhD candidate whose work in English or American literature has been deemed truly outstanding.

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Kate Norako Accepts Stanford Post-Doc

May 6, 2014

Congratulations to Kate Norako (PhD '12), who will embark this fall on a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, teaching sections of the college's required freshman-seminar program, "Thinking Matters"

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Esther Arnold's Dissertation Recognized for Excellence

May 2, 2014

The English Department congratulates Esther Arnold, one of two graduating PhD students in the Humanities this year whose dissertations received official Commendations for excellence from the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Arnold's dissertation, "Entertaining Reformers: Social Reform and Recreation in American Literature and Silent Film, 1840-1915," was written under the direction of Professor John Michael.

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Curtis Teaching Prize awarded to Nikolaus Wasmoen

April 22, 2014

Nikolaus Wasmoen headshotSixth-year PhD student Nikolaus Wasmoen has been awarded the University's 2014 Edward Peck Curtis Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. Currently serving as a Dean's Teaching Fellow in two of Professor Morris Eaves' courses on the concept of "The Digital Page," while also assisting in a course taught by Professor Bette London on the Twentieth-Century British Novel, Wasmoen has continually found dynamic and eye-opening ways of sharing with students a set of unique skills garnered while writing his ambitious, highly interdisciplinary dissertation on the role of the author-editor in the construction of literary modernism.

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Registration Reminders

January 1, 2014

When you register for graduate courses, note that all 500-level courses in the English Department carry 5 credits. In order to receive 5 credits for a 400-level course in the English Department, you will need to register for the 4-credit 400-level course AND for the proper 1-credit 400M course. You will be able to locate the proper 1-credit 400M easily: the 400M number will be identical to the 400 number for your 4-credit course (i.e., ENG 410 and ENG 410M). The instructor will explain the requirements for obtaining this extra one credit.

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Travel Funds for PhD Students Presenting at Conferences

December 2, 2013

PhD students from any department or program who are traveling to conferences may apply to the University Dean of Graduate Studies for reimbursement of airfare and conference registration costs up to $800. Priority will be given to Sproull and Provost Fellows, and to students who are the main or sole author of the work to be presented.

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Folger Institute

November 1, 2013

Folger InstituteThe University of Rochester is a member of the Folger Institute Consortium; our faculty and students receive preference in admissions, and are eligible to receive grants-in-aid to support their travel and lodging while attending Folger Institute events. The Institute’s interdisciplinary programming immerses participants in the Folger Library’s holdings, most famous for their Shakespeare-related materials but which include hundreds of thousands of books, manuscripts, and visual objects pertaining to early modern Western culture most broadly conceived (British, Continental, American, and Transatlantic).

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PhD Placement News

October 1, 2013

Congratulations to our PhD recipients on these recent accomplishments in their careers:

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PhD Recipients

August 30, 2013

We're proud to announce that these students defended their dissertations and were awarded the PhD in English in summer 2013.

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