English Academic News

Ashley Reed, an assistant professor in the Department of English, published “The Trials and Errors of Building Prudence Person’s Scrapbook: An Annotated Digital Edition,” Teaching with Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature, ed. Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain (Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2018), pp. 24–43.

Joseph Eska, a professor in the Department of English, published “Laryngeal Realism and the Prehistory of Celtic,” Transactions of the Philological Society 116 (2018): 320–31; and, with Jean-François Mondon, “Phonological Spreading, Voice-onset Delay, or Phonetic Noise? Orthographic <φσ> and <χσ> in Greek Epichoric Inscriptions,” Vina diem celebrant. Studies in Linguistics and Philology in Honor of Brent Vine, ed. Dieter Gunkel, Stephanie Jamison, Angelo Mercado, and Kazuhiko Yoshida, (Ann Arbor: Beech Stave Press, 2018), pp. 35–42.

Jennifer Sano-Franchini, an assistant professor in the Department of English, published “Designing Outrage, Programming Discord: A Critical Interface Analysis of Facebook as a Campaign Technology,” Technical Communication 65.4 (2018): 387–410.

Katie Carmichael, an assistant professor in the Department of English, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate the sociolinguistic impact of Hurricane Katrina.

The project focuses on the effects of displacement and migration on the language spoken in the city of New Orleans, which reflects linguistic elements of Creoles, African Americans, European Americans, and Latinos. Carmichael and undergraduate students, along with a team of faculty and students from Tulane University, will interview residents of the city to learn how individuals characterize their language.

The award, from the NSF Linguistics program in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, is for $131,756.

In addition, Carmichael published “‘Since When Does the Midwest Have an Accent?’: The Role of Regional Accent and Reported Speaker Origin in Speaker Evaluations,” English World-Wide 39.2 (2018): 127–56.

Two members of the college community were among the five Virginia Tech faculty and administrators selected to represent the university as part of the 2018–2019 ACC Academic Leaders Network: Bernice Hausman, Edward S. Diggs Professor in Humanities and chair of the Department of English, and Patty Raun, School of Performing Arts and director of the Center for Communicating Science.

Erika Meitner, an associate professor in the Department of English, published Holy Moly Carry Me (Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 2018).

Evan Lavender-Smith, an associate professor in the Department of English, published two short stories, “Real Talk (III),” Hotel Amerika 16 (2018): 127–31, and “Two Unknowns,” Egress (UK) 1 (2018): 98–106. 

Matthew Vollmer, an associate professor in the Department of English, published Permanent Exhibit, American Reader 31 (Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 2018).

Carmen Giménez Smith, a professor in the Department of English, published a poetry collection titled Cruel Futures (San Francisco, California: City Lights, 2018); and “Make America Mongrel Again” on the Harriet Blog of the Poetry Foundation.

In addition, she was featured in “The Love of Labor, The Labor of Love: An Interview with Carmen Giménez Smith” by Rigoberto González, Poets & Writers (May-June 2018): 18–22.

The Virginia Tech Center for Rhetoric in Society, directed by Katrina Powell, a professor in the Department of English, received a grant from Voice of Witness.

The grant provided support for training workshops in oral history methodology for Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students. Voice of Witness is a nonprofit that sponsors oral history projects examining human rights and social justice issues.

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