Six English Faculty Advance Careers
After intense, multiple-level reviews that began last fall, President Sethna has given final approval to all six English faculty who applied for promotion or tenure beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.
Dr. Lori Lipoma has been promoted to Senior Lecturer. Drs. Josh Masters and Emily Hipchen have been promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. David Newton has been promoted to Full Professor. Drs. Margaret Mitchell and Alison Umminger have been granted tenure.
Evaluated for the quality of their teaching, scholarship, and service, each of these faculty members were subject to meticulous review by the Department and the College of Arts and Sciences, and their cases were approved by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Hynes before they were forwarded to the President. Congratulations to each of these outstanding faculty members.
Chaple Named McEver Visiting Chair at Georgia Tech
Dr. Katie Chaple, in addition to her duties as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at UWG, was recently named McEver Visiting Chair in Writing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has been serving in that capacity since the beginning of Spring semester 2009.
The McEver Chair is endowed by Georgia Tech alumnus Bruce McEver, who is a poet, an investment banker, and the founder and Chairman of Berkshire Capital Securities LLC. This endowment, along with the Bourne Chair in Poetry—currently held by poetry heavyweight and Poetry @ Tech Director Thomas Lux—makes Georgia Tech the only university in the United States with two endowed chairs in poetry.
As McEver Visiting Chair in Writing—a position shared by two or three visiting poets each Spring semester—Dr. Chaple conducts poetry classes for Georgia Tech students and weekend workshops for members of the Atlanta community. She currently shares the position with Travis Wayne Denton, poet and Associate Director of Poetry @ Tech.
Alix Carnes has been accepted to NCUR for her research paper "Dreamscapes and Lunar Conundrums: (Mis)Reading Surrealism in Sylvia Plath's 'The Ghost's Leavetaking.'
Jessica Wise and April Oglesbee have been accepted to and are presenting papers at the 30th Annual Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference at the end of February.
Alix Carnes, Ashley Dycus, and Heather McCondichie had papers accepted to NCUR Conference of Undergraduate Research, held this year in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Mary Kay McBrayer will be reading at GCSU's "Culture of Conflict" conference. The piece she will be reading is called "The Reminder."
Stan Hardegree, a graduate student, had a work of creative nonfiction accepted for publication. The piece is titled "Begun on Sep. 10, 2007 at around 10:30 p.m." and will appear in Westview, a journal of the University of Oklahoma.
Amelia Lewis was accepted into the University of Miami (Florida) and Auburn University Ph.D. programs.
Inger Harber, an exchange student from South Africa, had a work of creative nonfiction accepted for publication at The Broad River Review. The piece is called "Eulogy."
Nick McRae published and placed six poems. He was also a finalist for the Agnes Scott Writers' Festival contest.
Natalie Marie Brooks had the opportunity to interview Mark Thiessen, an internal photographer with National Geographic. The interview was for a Working Life project assigned to her Mass Communications class.
Rich Collins and Katy Gunn presented papers at the 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Gazelle Moharari presented her short story, “Pomegranates” at the Middle Eastern Studies Conference.
Savannah Smith had a piece of creative nonfiction, titled "Bipolar Bear Club," accepted to GCSU's "Culture of Conflict" conference.
Faculty member, Marian Muldrow, received her Education Specialist degree in English in December from UWG.