Department News


Charles Kostelnick’s article chosen as recipient of STC’s Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article Award for 2016.

An article that appeared in the May 2016 issue of Technical Communication, by Charles Kostelnick, “The Re-Emergence of Emotional Appeals in Interactive Data Visualization,” has been picked as the recipient of STC’s Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article Award for 2016.

The award will be presented at the STC Summit in Washington, DC, during the Honors Reception on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.


Prashant Rajan studies how sales people feel about using debit card-like smartcards to track fair price purchases in India’s Chhattisgarh province.

Foodfix Podcast

This interview was based on two research articles that came out in issues 1 and 3 of the journal Information Technologies & International Development this year:

Modeling Intermediary Satisfaction with Mandatory Adoption of E-government Technologies for Food Distribution

Designing for Food Security: Portability and the Expansion of User Freedoms Through the COREPDS in Chhattisgarh, India

(10/27/16)

Matthew Wynn Sivils received the 2016 A&S Distinguished Alumni Award from the English Department at Oklahoma State University. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an A&S alumni whose life and achievements have demonstrated a record of distinguished service in their community, and extraordinary achievement in a particular discipline, organization, or cause.

(9/30/16)

Prashant Rajan, adjunct assistant professor of English and Communications Studies, along with Shweta Chopra, assistant professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering have research published in the Information Technologies and International Development journal.

Read the article here

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Abby Dubisar Talks Negotiation with Association of Women in Communications

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Speech alumni makes Forbes “30 Under 30” List

One of our alumni, Ty Stafford, graduated with a degree in speech in 2011 has recently made Forbes “30 Under 30” list in the area of marketing and advertising.

Read the article here

 

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(1/28/15)

 

English majors present at the MUCH (Midwest Undergraduate Conference on the Humanities) Conference at Wartburg College

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English majors Beth Trafton, Sarah Hohnstrater, Emina Kovacevic, Jesse Ledbetter presented at MUCH (Midwest Undergraduate Conference on the Humanities) conference, November 7, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their presentation titles (also from left to right): It’s all the Rage, Insult to Injury: Transgender/Translucent, Feminist Rebellion in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Executioner.

(12/9/15)

 


Adam Blake Wright selected as one of two Julia Child Foundation Scholarship winners at the Eating Words Conference

Last month, dual-degree graduate student Adam Blake Wright (MFA Creative Writing and MS Sustainable Agriculture) was selected as one of two Julia Child Foundation Scholarship winners at the Eating Words conference in Iowa City. A panel of nationally recognized food writers and magazine editors honored Adam for his Edible: Iowa River Valley article, “Sharing the Harvest: A 20-Year Celebration of Iowa’s CSA Farmers.”

At the conference, workshops were held on the topics of sustainability, food policy, memoir writing, and social media. Panelists were drawn from Edible Communities, a network of more than 80 North American publications whose mission “is to transform the way consumers shop for, cook, eat, and relate to local food.” In 2011, Edible Communities collectively won the James Bears Award for Publication of the Year.

Tracey Ryder, an Edible Communities co-founder, spoke on behalf of the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, which funded the scholarship. “The Foundation is very pleased to support the Edible Institute’s Food Writing Conference, Eating Words, as supporting emerging food writers is one of the Foundation’s key priorities. We offer our hearty congratulations to Adam Blake Wright for his winning submission.”

Eating Words conference: http://ediblenetwork.com/eatingwords/

(12/7/15)

Oxford University Press hosts a blog post from Brianna Burke on The Hunger Games

Oxford University Press will host a blog post from Brianna Burke on The Hunger Games. It is titled “The Hunger Games are Playing on Loop—and I am Tired of Watching” and will go live on Saturday, Dec. 5th.

(12/4/15)

Stacy Tye-Williams nominee for 2015 Academic Minute Listener’s Choice Award

Stacy Tye-Williams, an assistant professor of communications studies and English, is a nominee for the 2015 Academic Minute Listener’s Choice Award. Tye-Williams was featured in a January 2015 segment for her research on workplace bullies. Vote and listen to Tye-Williams’ essay here. (Scroll to the vote section at the bottom of the page.) A podcast on the research also is available. The Academic Minute is broadcast on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and features researchers from colleges and universities around the world. Voting for the Listener’s Choice Award is open until Dec. 12.

(12/2/15)

Hui-Hsien Feng, PhD Student in Applied Linguistics & Technology, received a Graduate College Research Excellence Award for Fall 2015 for her dissertation entitled “Designing, implementing, and evaluating an automated writing evaluation tool for improving EFL graduate students’ abstract writing: A case in Taiwan.”

(12/4/15)

Sarah Chase Cosby and Brenda Tyrrell, MA graduate students in English, present at Midwest Popular Culture Association

In early October, Sarah Chase Crosby and Brenda Tyrrell presented papers at the Midwest Popular Culture Association annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The papers were featured in a session focused on adaptations of popular fiction. Sarah’s paper, “Frozen’s Adaptation of Gendered Spaces: True Love’s Empowering Trend,” discussed the similarities between Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and Frozen, as well as the effectiveness of Disney’s nuanced approach to true love and the strength of women. Brenda’s paper, “Eccentric Wallflowers: Stoker, Holmes, and Victorian Gender Constraints,” offered a critique of a steampunked, feminized adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker to determine whether this adaptation was successful at empowering young adult women. The session was a huge success and Sarah and Brenda enjoyed the sights (and tastes!) of Cincinnati.

(11/23/15)

Langenberg awarded the 2015 Louisville Literary Arts and Blue Mesa Review prose contest

Christiana Louisa Langenberg’s work has been chosen for the Louisville Literary Arts & Blue Mesa Review prose contest this year.

Langenberg will receive $500 and her essay, “This is How it Could Have Gone Instead of How it Went” will be published in Blue Mesa Review, spring 2016.

(11/17/15)

New edition of Paul Errington’s Of Wilderness and Wolves

Matthew Sivils announced that his new edition of Paul Errington’s Of Wilderness and Wolves has now been published by the University of Iowa Press.

http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2015-fall/wilderness-and-wolves.htm

(11/17/15)

Blakely published in College Teaching

Barb Blakely, associate professor and member of rhetoric and professional communication, was recently published in College Teaching. The article, Pedagogical Technology Experiences of Successful Late-Career Faculty, challenges the notion that late-career faculty resist technology. Instead, this phenomenological study of five professors recognized for excellence in college teaching shows a willingness to incorporate technology when it supports learning goals. Follow the full citation to read the complete article: Barbara J. Blakely (2015) “Pedagogical Technology Experiences of Successful Late-Career Faculty.” College Teaching 63:4: 146-152.

(11/2/15)

Orion magazine names Iowa State MFA student as new reviews editor

Award-winning essayist and poet Taylor Brorby has been named Orion‘s new reviews editor.

His work has appeared in High Country News, Canary, Written River, and many others. Taylor speaks regularly around the country about issues related to fracking and the Bakken oil boom and is a fellow at the Black Earth Institute. His chapbook of poems, Ruin: Elegies from the Bakken, was published by Ice Cube Press, and he is the editor of the forthcoming anthology Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America due out this winter from the same publisher.

When not overseeing Orion’s book reviews section, he plans to continue work on new collections of poems and essays. He is also currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University

Orion is a bimonthly magazine that publishes writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture. It has won numerous awards, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2010 and 2013, and is based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. www.orionmagazine.org

(10/29/15)

 

(10/16/15)

Emeritus University Professor of English Neil Nakadate named 2015 Iowa Author by Des Moines Public Library Foundation

Emeritus University Professor of English Neil Nakadate has been named a 2015 Iowa Author by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, and he will be recognized at the Iowa Author Awards Dinner on October 27, 2015.  Professor Nakadate’s most recent book is Looking After Minidoka:  An American Memoir (Indiana, 2013).  Other Iowa State English Department-related writers who have received this award include Jane Smiley, Mary Swander, Debra Marquart, and Wini Moranville.

(10/19/15)

 


 

John Levis co-editor for The Handbook of English Pronunciation (published in 2015 by Wiley Blackwell)

Levis BookJohn Levis was co-editor for The Handbook of English Pronunciation (published in 2015 by Wiley Blackwell). The Handbook contains 28 chapters (530 pages) on different aspects of English pronunciation: history, descriptions, varieties, how it is different in connected speech than in isolated and carefully pronounced words, acquisition by children and by foreign language learners, and teaching.

 

 

(10/16/15)

 

Jean Goodwin and Linda Shenk Awarded Funding from VPR’s Office

Linda Shenk and Jean Goodwin are part of a 9-member team at ISU that received a one-year $50,000 grant from the VPR’s office with additional funding from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Design to work on a partnership with the City of Des Moines involving data-driven science and sustainability. This team brings together colleagues from the three colleges to develop data-intensive, replicable decision-making support systems that engage ISU researchers, community stakeholders, and city officials in data collection and decision-making to foster sustainable urban ecologies.


Educational Testing Service Grant Awarded to Elena Cotos for 2015-17

Elena Cotos, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics & Technology, received a grant from the Educational Testing Service recently for 2015-17. The project is titled “Domain Description: Validating the Interpretation of TOEFL iBT® Speaking Scores for ITA Screening and Certification Purposes.”

In addition to using TOEFL iBT® scores for admission purposes, English medium universities are increasingly considering the utility of the speaking test as an instrument for the assessment of oral English language ability of international teaching assistants (ITAs). Therefore, obtaining validity evidence to demonstrate the usefulness of the TOEFL iBT® speaking scores for this application is imperative. The proposed research aims to gather evidence supporting the validity argument for interpreting the TOEFL iBT® speaking scores as indicators of the language ability necessary for effective ITA performance in target instructional domains of language use. Employing the argument-based approach to validation, the inquiry centers on investigating an assumption associated with the Domain Description inference in the TOEFL interpretive argument (Chapelle, Enright, & Jamieson, 2008). Specifically, functional language use in the lecture, recitation, and lab curriculum genres will be analyzed to determine whether the language functions elicited by TOEFL iBT® Speaking tasks are representative of language functions used in the target domain.


Poetry Reading with author Xavier Cavazos

Xavier Cavazos, a 2013 graduate of Iowa State’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment, will read from his new book of poetry, Diamond Grove Slave Tree. The collection is a product of Cavazos’s time at Iowa State and was inspired by stories of the life and times of one of the university’s most distinguished alums, George Washington Carver. Diamond Grove Slave Tree won the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize from Ice Cube Press. Cavazos is also the author of Barbarian at the Gate and served as poetry editor for Flyway: Journal of Creative Writing and the Environment. He currently teaches in the Central Washington Writing Project, Africana and Black Studies, and the Professional and Creative Writing Programs at Central Washington University.

Friday, October 2

8 pm  —  Scheman Building — Brunnier Art Museum

Book signing and reception to follow.

Cosponsored by: University Museums, MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

(9/30/15)

CyWrite co-sponsors international conference on technology in language acquisition

The CyWrite Project

(9/28/15)

Carol Chapelle awarded grant from Educational Testing Service

Carol Chapelle and Amy Hutchison (Associate Professor in the School of Education) received a two-year $120,000 grant from Educational Testing Service to conduct foundational research informing potential future development of English language tests using mobile-technology. The goal of the research is to complete a domain analysis paper focusing on the new language practices afforded by tablet technologies in K-12 classrooms and to develop task framework, task specifications and prototype assessment tasks in collaboration with ETS staff  (2013-2015).

(9/28/15)

 

Re)discovering S(h)elves Exhibit includes work from three English majors.

The current exhibit in the Christian Petersen Museum in Morrill Hall includes some fascinating art(ists) and media from ISU’s permanent collection. It posits several questions: “How does society define identity? How do you? How do pieces of the identity puzzle such as gender, color, social class or spirituality influence our experiences? Through a diverse selection of artists and media, this exhibition explores some of the many ways in which identity can be empowered or marginalized, multidimensional or stereotyped. ” (MORE)

(9/4/15)

Margaret Johnson Book Wins 2015 Vignette Collection Award

Margaret Johnson, Lecturer, received news that her second book won the 2015 Vignette Collection Award and is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press.

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http://megjohnsonmegjohnson.blogspot.com/

(5/5/15)

 


 

Connie Ringlee recipient of 2015 ISU Award for Academic Advising Impact

(5/5/15)

 


 

Brianna Burke Awarded LAS Cassling Family Faculty Award for Early Achievement in Teaching

Assistant Professor, Brianna Burke, was awarded in addition to the ISU award for early achievement in teaching, The LAS Cassling Family Faculty Award for early achievement in teaching. Two LAS faculty members will receive a monetary award – one for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time at Iowa State and one for early achievement in teaching.

(5/5/15)

 


Premiere Issue of Journal of Second Language Pronunciation Published by John Benjamins Publishing Company

Journal of Second Langguage PrononunciationJohn Levis, professor of applied linguistics, is the editor of a new international scholarly publication hosted by Iowa State University. The Journal of Second Language Pronunciation is a scholarly journal devoted to research into the acquisition, perception, production, teaching, assessment, and description of prosodic and segmental pronunciation of second languages in all contexts of learning. The journal encourages research that connects theory and practice, enhances our understanding of L2 phonological learning processes, and provides connections between L2 pronunciation and other areas of applied linguistics such as pragmatics, CALL, and speech perception.

The Journal publishes papers in four main areas: experimental, instructed, and naturalistic research about second language pronunciation; review articles that synthesize research perspectives of key pronunciation issues from different disciplines;teaching-oriented papers detailing successful practices and research-based instruction; and reviews of technology and books focused on second language pronunciation.

https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/jslp/main

(5/5/15)

 


Hoyt Schmidt’s Advanced Grammar Book Published by Pearson

Advanced Grammar is a new, advanced-level grammar course that prepares English language learners for academic work. Its unique approach helps students master written grammar with the use of authentic academic sources and prepares them to read extensive academic texts, write and present using academic language, and process complex academic content. Advanced Grammar focuses on the academic forms and uses of grammatical structures without oversimplifying either the content or the grammar structures. This approach is made possible by the authentic textbook content upon which each chapter is based.schmidt_book

http://www.longmanhomeusa.com/catalog/products/product-details/?sid=Advanced+Grammar&pid=F-0AE-AG

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(5/4/15)

 


Debra Marquart Publishes Fifth Book

Small Buried Things — Debra Marquart: Small Press Distribution.  http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780898233087/small-buried-things.aspx

Small Buried Things, Debra Marquart

Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Women’s Studies. Pluck, swallow, bury, drive, frack. Debra Marquart’s newest poetry ranges from the horrifying reality of Cold War leftovers, the consequences of fracking, and the heartbreak of misguided relationships, to the absurdity of swallowing pennies and finding a grey hair on your chin. Prepare yourself for laughter, shock, and awkward fidgeting with this amusing and touching collection of poetry.

(4/27/15)

 

 


David Russell, Matthew Sivils, and Susan Yager Receive Mentoring Awards

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost recognizes in the spring faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary mentoring of junior faculty. David Russell, Matthew Sivils, and Susan Yager were nominated by their mentees and will be recognized at a recognition ceremony in early May.

(4/17/15)

English Literature majors Sarah Chase (WGS graduate minor) and Caroline Martin granted “First Place for Best Student Paper” award at the 2015 Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference at the University of South Dakota

From left to right: Ms. Chase, Leah E. Wilson, Dr. Schaal, Tonya Tienter, and Ms. Martin.

From left to right: Ms. Chase, Leah E. Wilson, Dr. Schaal, Tonya Tienter, and Ms. Martin.

Prof. Michèle A. Schaal presided a panel with four English Literature graduate students. The conference was the 2015 Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference at the University of South Dakota (April 9-10) and its theme was “Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance and Identity.” The panel was titled “Bonding to Escape Bondage: Female Identity through Private and Public Work.” The panel was a great success and sparked a lively 15 minute discussion. In addition, Sarah Chase and Caroline Martin were granted the “First-Place Student Paper Prize.” Congratulations to both of them and to all panelists! From left to right: Ms. Chase, Leah E. Wilson, Dr. Schaal, Tonya Tienter, and Ms. Martin. The conference program may be consulted here: http://www.usd.edu/arts-and-sciences/women-and-gender-studies/conference.


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English Literature graduate students Sarah Chase and Caroline Martin (with conference organizer, Dr. Miglena Sternadori)

Prof. Michèle A. Schaal presided a panel with four English Literature graduate students. The conference was the 2015 Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference at the University of South Dakota (April 9-10) and its theme was “Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance and Identity.” The panel was titled “Bonding to Escape Bondage: Female Identity through Private and Public Work.” The panel was a great success and sparked a lively 15 minute discussion. In addition, Sarah Chase and Caroline Martin were granted the “First-Place Student Paper Prize.” Congratulations to both of them and to all panelists! From left to right: Ms. Chase, Leah E.  Wilson, Dr. Schaal, Tonya Tienter, and Ms. Martin. The conference program may be consulted here: http://www.usd.edu/arts-and-sciences/women-and-gender-studies/conference.

(4/15/15)

Speech Majors Argue Immigration at First-Ever Mediacom Invitational Debate, Win Scholarships

Two LAS students demonstrated their superior debating skills at the first ever Mediacom Collegiate Invitational Debate over the weekend. Speech majors Kelly Erbes and Tim Overton went up against some of the states best collegiate debaters from five other Iowa schools. Erbes and Overton came home with convincing wins over teams from Drake University and Grinnell College, and a single, close loss to the team from Simpson College. For their efforts, Erbes and Overton were awarded sizable scholarships to Drake University Law School, provided they apply and meet entrance requirements. Ben Crosby, who coached Erbes and Overton and who teaches the debate and argumentation course on campus, stated: “Kelly and Tim came up with an exceptional case. They really kept their opponents on their toes. Iowa State should be very proud. Most of the other schools have formal debate programs. We don’t, yet we fielded one of the best teams there.” Mediacom plans to make this tournament an annual event.

(4/15/15)

Recent MFA graduate, Tegan Swanson, Announced as Winner of the 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

Black Balloon Publishing, an imprint of the newly established Catapult, has announced Tegan Nia Swanson as the winner of the 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for her debut novel, Things We Found When the Water Went Down. The annual award includes a prize of $5,000 and publication for a novel or short story collection. The editors selected Swanson’s book from more than 1,500 submissions. (more)

(3/23/15)

 

LAS English education students score high on national tests

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(12/10/14)

Matthew Sivils named Inaugural CEAH Fellow in the Arts and Humanities

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(12/3/14)

Danica Schieber awarded the 2014 Margaret (Marty) Baker Graham Research Grant from the Association of Business Communication (ABC) at their annual conference in Philadelphia.

11/3/14

English’s Betcher, alumnus Biggs co-author ‘Ames’ pictorial history

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Professor Matthew Wynn Sivils authors new book on early-American environmental literature

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9/1/14

Angie Mallory Representing ISU at the University Innovation Alliance meeting in Washington DC

Angie Mallory, PhD graduate student in Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC), will be representing ISU at the University Innovation Alliance meeting in Washington DC later this month. This group is an 11-member collaborative of universities. Their meeting will be highlighting the unique things each institution does to retain students and to help them succeed. Iowa State’s scalable project is learning communities. ISU is taking a small group of people to Washington for the unveiling event on September 16, and because of Angie Mallory’s work on the Veterans Learning Community, they have chosen her to be a part of their delegation.

9/1/14

Six English Faculty Awarded Center of Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) Research Grants for 2015

Brianna Burke – Dangerous Divisions: Race, Class, and Animality in Environmental Justice Fiction
Barbara Haas – Nature Conquered, River Tamed: The Neva River Delta at Saint Petersburg
Luke LeFebvre – The Meaning of Student Self-generated Feedback from Video: Linguistic Predictors of Public Speaking Performance
Charissa Menefee – How Long is Fifteen Minutes? A Full Length Stage Play
Constance J. Post – Making Revolution: Isabel Brown Crook and the Rise of Modern China
Michèle A. Schaal – Une troisième vague féministe littéraire (A Literary Third Wave of Feminism)

4/28/14

Neil Nakadate Talks About His New Book “Looking After Minidoka” with KCCI’s Mollie Cooney

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4/28/14

John Levis is editor of new ‘Journal of Second Language Pronunciation’

Levis, an associate professor of applied linguistics, is the editor of a new international scholarly publication hosted by Iowa State University. The Journal of Second Language Pronunciation is the first of its kind, and gives a “scholarly face” to a growing research field.

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Debra Marquart writes about her month inside the Bakken oil boom

Professor of English Debra Marquart returned to her native North Dakota in November, one of two writers under a grant by the North Dakota Humanities Council to gather the stories and experiences of people whose lives have been impacted from the Bakken oil boom.

For the complete article, go to https://www.las.iastate.edu/impact-stories-a-month-inside-the-bakken-oil-boom/.


Susan Yager Recipient of Miller Faculty Fellowship

Miller Faculty Fellowships provide faculty members with opportunities to enhance their scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and develop innovative ways to enhance student learning. Any ISU faculty member may submit proposals, individually or with a team.

Proposal: “Using Learning Modules to Prepare Honors Students for Capstone Projects”
Authors: Susan Yager, faculty director, honors program; Laurie Smith Law, program manager, honors program; Dana Schumacher, program coordinator, honors program
Funding: $5,900

 


 

Xavier Cavazos earns Poetry Society of America Fellowship

Xavier Cavazos, Iowa State English lecturer and recent grad of ISU’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment, received a Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship Award. Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis selected Cavazos’ manuscript, “Barbarian at the Gate,” as part of the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets Chapbook Series. The chapbook launches with readings in April at the City University of New York Graduate Center Chapbook Festival and in Arizona at the Tucson Poetry Festival.

Cavazos describes “Barbarian at the Gate” as a “dynamic and emotional crusade through Latino/a racial identity, addiction and healing…a discursive back-alley trek and meditation on the state of the national political culture.”


 

MFA Students to Present at 2014 AWP Conference

Seattle–The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Bookfair is the largest literary conference in North America with more than 10,000 attendees, and the schedule for this year’s conference in Seattle includes two panels that will be comprised of ISU graduate students.

On Thursday, February 27, Claire Kruesel, Stefanie Trout, Audrey McCombs, Meghan Brown, and Michelle Donahue will discuss “Writing Outside: The Importance of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Writing.” On Saturday, March 1, Stefanie Trout, Tony Quick, Claire Kruesel, Audrey McCombs, and Nicholas Bogdanich will discuss “Writing about Nature in an Unnatural World.”

Both panels will highlight the unique nature of ISU’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment.


 

Speech Communication Major, Spencer Hughes, Named Recipient of  Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award

Spencer Hughes, a graduating senior in speech communication and current President of the Student Body, has just been named one of five recipients of the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award given by the Iowa State University Alumni Association.  The speech communication faculty nominated him for this prestigious award.

The Iowa State University Alumni Association established this award in 1968 to recognize outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Awardees receive the official Iowa State University Ring from the ISU Alumni Association. Two to five awards are granted annually. A minimum GPA (cumulative) of 3.0 is required.


Mary Swander and Farmscape in the News

January 20th, 2014

At the invitation of US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Mary Swander performed Farmscape as a one-woman show during a USDA retreat at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. She received a standing ovation. Secretary Vilsack introduced Swander and offered commentary after she spoke about the project. Vilsack talked about his role as a lawyer during the Farm Crisis and how he had worked to keep farms from foreclosure. Members of the audience included the staff of the USDA.

Farmscape at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico, New York.

As part of the Young Farmer’s Conference.  Mary Swander performed her verbatim play Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment at Stone Barns Center (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation), one of the premier sustainable agriculture centers in the United States. Farmscape was directed by Dean Gray, founder of The New Dog Theatre in New York City.

 


Greenlee Places in Hearst with Ethos Piece on Mary Swander

Poetry in Motion (Click to view the production)

San Francisco – Greenlee student Zhenru Zhang’s multimedia segment featuring Distinguished Professor Mary Swander’s poetry project with the Iowa School for the Deaf placed eighth in the Hearst multimedia awards, which evaluated 69 entries from 42 journalism schools. Zhang’s segment was created for ethos magazine.

Dennis Chamberlin, ethos adviser, said, “It was a wonderful story and I’m glad that he received some recognition for it.”

The 54th annual Journalism Awards Program includes five writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio competition, two television competitions, and three additional multimedia competitions.  The program offers up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends annually.

 


 

Geetha Iyer Wins The Calvino Prize

Geetha Iyer, CWE graduate student, was recently named winner of The Calvino Prize, an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the English Department of the University of Louisville. She receives $1500,  is invited to read the winning entry, at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 held at the University of Louisville every February, and will be published in the Salt Hill Journal of Syracuse University.

http://louisville.edu/english/creative-writing/contests


 

Rachel McKenny Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty Bratitude—A professor’s daughter who is now an academic wonders: Do I want my child to follow in my footsteps?  appears in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Rachel is an instructor in the English and speech departments at Iowa State University.  You can read the article at the following link:  http://m.chronicle.com/article/Faculty-Bratitude/143311/

 


Michelle Tremmel Receives ISU Award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising

The University Academic Advising Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Adviser of the Year awards.  Each year, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost selects recipients for the Award for Academic Advising Impact and the Award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising.  In addition, a College Adviser of the Year is selected by each of the colleges.

A web display honoring this year’s recipients can be found at http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/advisers/adviseroftheyear.  A display also appears on the Memorial Union ground floor until Nov. 29.


Sigma Tau Delta Recognized for Commitment to Excellence

Sigma Tau Delta’s Board of Directors will be recognizing Iowa State’s chapter with a special plaque to be presented at an awards ceremony at the upcoming 2014 International Convention, February 26—March 1 in Savannah, GA.  The 2013-14 academic year marks the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Iowa State University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.  Leland Poague and Dometa Brothers serve as the advisers.


 

jacobrawlinsABCBest Dissertation of the Year Award goes to Jacob Rawlins

Recent graduate Dr. Jacob Rawlins was awarded the best dissertation of the year award at the 78th Annual International Association for Business Communication (ABC) Convention held October 23-26, 2013 in New Orleans, LA.

 

 

 

 


 

Amy Slagell is new LAS associate dean for academic programs

Slagell has been the head of ISU’s Speech Communication Program in the Department of English since 2006. She’s also been a half-time interim associate dean for academic programs since 2012, job sharing with associate dean Zora Zimmerman, who is retiring.


 

Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication Research for JBTC

Once again, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, edited in the department for 26 years, got two of the five possible awards given by the National Council of Teachers of English for excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication research. This means that in the last six years, JBTC articles have won 12 of the 30 total awards possible, 40%

Jacob E. McCarthy, Jeffrey T. Grabill, William Hart-Davidson, and Michael McLeod, for Best Article Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication:  “Content Management in the Workplace: Community, Context, and a New Way to Organize Writing,” Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 25(4), 2011, 367–395.

Doug Brent for Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication: “Transfer, Transformation, and Rhetorical Knowledge: Insights From Transfer Theory,” Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 25(4), 2011, 396–420.

Both of their articles are free to all on the JBTC content Web site. http://jbt.sagepub.com/site/misc/Index/Recommended.xhtml