Department of English is excited to announce the addition of four
new professors to our teaching roster. Stacy Boyd, Nina Leacock, Margaret
Mitchell, and Alison Umminger bring with them their expertise in fields
such as African American Literature, British Literature, and Creative
Writing. Here's a more in-depth look into their backgrounds, studies,
Boyd received his M.A. in English from West Georgia and went on to
complete an interdisciplinary degree from Emory University where he
studied American and African American Literature specializing in the
African American Novel. He also earned a certificate in Women's Studies.
Boyd is presently working on his dissertation entitled "Black
Men Worshipping: Intersecting Anxieties of Race, Gender, and Christian
Embodiment." Aside from his scholarly pursuits, Boyd spends his
time teaching aerobics and caring for his "prissy lady greyhound
named 'Hey Celestial.'" Boyd notes, "I'm very honored to
be able to be part of such an able department which encouraged me
to pursue a PhD. I hope to be able to provide my students with challenging,
rigorous courses in African American Literature and Women's Studies."
Leacock grew up in Iowa, later living in California and Germany. She
earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California,
Irvine. Her dissertation, '"Wild Manner': Character in the Novel
of the Romantic Era," focused on novels by Jane Austen and Goethe.
She is presently working on translations of Aristotle into English
and German in the eighteenth century. A lover of outdoor sports such
as hiking and rock climbing, Leacock spends a lot of her time in the
Sierras in California.
Mitchell comes to us from a rural part of New York near the Canadian
border. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.
Mitchell is the co-editor of the journal LIT: Literature Interpretation
Theory. Her collection of short stories, "Northern Lights:
River Stories," was a finalist for the 2004 Ohio State University
Short Fiction Award and was recently named a finalist for the Eastern
Washington University Press's Spokane Prize. Her publications include
a short story in the literary magazine Blueline and an article
on George Gissing in Women's Studies. A second article on Gissing
will soon appear in Studies in the Novel. Mitchell adds, "I
very much admire the way this department combines a profound and genuine
concern for the students with high standards and academic rigor."
Umminger is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in Arlington,
Virginia. She has also lived in Boston, London, Missouri, and Indiana.
Umminger earned her M.F.A. in fiction writing and her Ph.D. in 20th-Century
American Literature from Indiana University. Her novel, Flyover
States, will be published by Red Dress Ink in May 2005. Outside
of school, Umminger's interests include ballet and the occasional