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News & Events

English Expo a Success

Eclectic Release Party

Undergrad Conference

Bridging Distances, One Classroom at a Time

Toto Pulls Curtain on Hipchen

People News

Prof. Reinhard Retiring

In Memoriam: Dr. James W. Mathews

Paul Guest Wins Whiting

English Graduate Chooses a Masters Program

National Magazine Publishes Larrew

Kendra Parker Accepted for Ph.D. Program

Student Poets Garner National Acclaim

Students Share Their Conference Experiences

Student Work Accepted at National Conference

Hultquist Joins Faculty

In Every Issue

Job Spotlight on Amy Lavender


Course Descriptions

Summer 2008

Fall 2008



Bridging Distances, One Classroom at a Time

  Toto Pulls the Curtain on Emily Hipchen
Not long after accepting the position of coordinator of English Education last year, I began receiving e-mails from area highschool teachers. Much of the correspondence consisted of routine questions about our programs or specific course offerings, but teachers also consistently expressed a desire to work more closely with college English instructors in an effort to further prepare their students for university English. Through communicating with them, I found that their goals often match ours. They seek to provide pupils with valuable skill sets related to reading comprehension, and they wish to teach the tenets of sound composition. And, like us, they want to instill critical thinking abilities that students will take beyond the borders of their respective campuses. In an effort to foreground these shared interests for their students—who are often our future students—the English Education program created and began instituting Bridges, an in-service project designed to bridge both perceived and real distances between highschool and college English.

In a typical Bridges session, two volunteer professors from UWG's English department travel to a high school to meet with juniors and seniors in college-prep English classes. Once there, they teach a “mock” college lesson and later answer student questions about English studies and university life. Before leaving, professors distribute sample text-based writing assignments, materials that discuss writing at the college level, and contact information. This "peek inside" introduces new concepts or reinforces pedagogical practices students already experience in their English classrooms. As a way to reflect upon and continue the professional dialog generated by each session, correlating Professional Learning Units for interested secondary-education teachers will occur in the fall.

This year, sessions have been scheduled at East Coweta High School and Lithia Springs, and a third is in the works. In August, the program will enter its second year and will expand by sending proposals to five area high schools.

—Angela Insenga

Dr. Emily Hipchen spoke about her scholarship at the Toto Pulls the Curtain Luncheon held on January 8 at the Neva Lomason Memorial Library. The event was catered by The Little Hawaiian.

The next luncheon will be held in January 2009 and will feature guest speaker Dr. Janet Donohoe. Details will be made available closer to time. All English students and faculty are invited.

Professor Hultquist to Join Department

Fall 2008 will be Aleksondra Hultquist’s teaching debut at UWG. Hultquist received her Ph.D. in Early Modern British Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her M.A. in British Literature at San Francisco State University, and her B.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University. Her dissertation, titled Equal Ardour: Amatory Fiction, Female Desire, and the Recasting of the Novel, 1684-1757, argues that exploration of female sexuality is as vital to the rise of the novel as are rhetorics of virtue. Other research interests include Restoration drama, eighteenth-century periodicals, rogue literatures (including pirates and highwaymen), the British novel, and Shakespeare. Aleksondra is the Executive Secretary of the Aphra Behn Society.

Hultquist’s courses for the fall include a section of Honors British Literature and a Special Topics course in 18th-Century British Literature (Amatory Fiction and the Novel). For more information on these and other courses, please view the course descriptions in this newsletter.

Chad Davidson and Greg Fraser have received tenure, beginning in Fall 2008.

Margaret Mitchell and Alison Umminger have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor for Fall 2008.

Maria Doyle had an article on Martin McDonagh that was published in December: "Breaking Bodies: The Presence of Violence on Martin McDonagh's Stage," Martin McDonagh: A Casebook, ed. Richard Russell (Routledge, 2007).

Debra MacComb had a chapter, " 'Is Nothing Sacred?': Dissolving Bo(u)nds in American Divorce Fiction, 1880-1920," published in After Intimacy: The Culture of Divorce in the West since 1789 (Peter Lang, 2007).  She also has an article, "He Deals in Post Holes: Mink Snopes and the Mechanisms of Exchange,"  forthcoming in a Mississippi Quarterly Special Issue: "Faulkner, Labor and the Critique of Capitalism" (summer 2008).

Lori Lipoma's article "Deconstructing the Devil: Satan Comedy in Twain's Letters From the Earth, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park" appeared in the journal Studies in American Humor, v.3 no. 15 (Summer 2007).
  Emily Hipchen had the following pieces published: a chapter in a book appear: “‘An Inviolate Preservation: Immortalizing the Ephemeral Lock.” On Second Thought: Updating the Eighteenth-Century Text; short story “Charlemagne’s Feast,” Our Stories. She's also had numerous pieces accepted for publication, finished editing the first volume of the new scholarly journal called Adoption & Culture, and won multiple prizes for her work: First Prize, Open Windows 2007 Prize for the Essay (for “Transportation”); First prize, 2008 Essay Award (for “Sentencing”), Georgetown Review; Runner Up (for “Charlemagne’s Feast”), Fall 2007 Award for Fiction, Our Stories; Third Prize (for "The Course of True Love), Short Fiction Award, The Baltimore Review; Finalist, 2007 Dorothy Cappon Churchill Prize for the Essay (for “Sight-seeing”), New Letters; Honorable Mention, 2007 Prize for Creative Nonfiction (for “Sentencing”), New Millennium.

Mandi Campbell and her husband welcomed their first baby, a son, in December.

Student Estrell Young III published a book of poems, A Painting of a Gentleman.

Student Tripp ("Alphie") Spears was a recent featured musician for The Blend. His CD is entitled Saving Her.