Monthly Archives: November 2012

New Faculty Profile: John King

This week, the Ball State English Department continues the short series of new faculty profiles by featuring John King. Continue reading below to see John’s interview conducted by English intern Tyler Fields. Also, be sure to check out the series’s first three posts featuring Miranda Nesler, Maria Windell, and Liz Whiteacre.

*Photo provided by John King

*Photo provided by John King

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Jessica Berg Reflects on her Travels During a Semester Abroad in Ghana

This past October, English student Jessica Berg contributed a two-part post in which she discussed her experience studying abroad in Ghana, especially her experiences at the University of Ghana. In her latest blog post, Jessica discusses the difficulties and pleasures she has encountered while traveling in Ghana. Continue below to read about Jessica’s travels and the type of educational experiences she is having outside of the classroom.   

*Photo provided by Jessica Berg

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Visiting Writers Series Follow-Up: Davy and Peter Rothbart

*Photo provided by Found Magazine

On November 14th, 2012, the English Department and Indiana Public Radio co-hosted a terrific event with nearly 300 audience members at Pruis Hall with brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart who came through Muncie on their 10th Anniversary FOUND Magazine tour.  Listen to a conversation with the Rothbarts (with English professor Jill Christman and Marcus Jackman of IPR) and check out the pre-show and post-show articles in the Ball State Daily News.  Thanks to all of you who came to the show!

Kelly Stacy Blogs About His Experience in the New York Arts Program!

Last year, English creative writing professor Cathy Day introduced the New York Arts Program to a small group of her past students. Although Ball State University and the NYAP were not officially partnered, the two institutions worked together to allow one student into the program which sends students to live and intern in New York City for one semester. In exchange, the student gains 16 credit hours for his/her respective school. This past spring, Ball State alumnus Kelly Stacy was accepted into the internship program through which he interned at two poetry institutions. Below, Kelly recounts his experience in New York City and discusses the value of such a unique program. Additionally, before continuing to Kelly’s post, be sure to see the flyer below for upcoming informational meetings about the NYAP, which is now officially partnered with Ball State University!

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New Faculty Profile: Dr. Maria Windell

Last week, the English Department began a short series of profile posts to feature each of our nine newest faculty members. Each New Faculty Profile interview was conducted by English interns Tyler Fields and Nakkia Patrick and graduate student Craig Schmidt. Last week’s post featured Dr. Miranda Nesler. Continue reading below to see this week’s profile of Dr. Maria Windell who was interviewed by graduate student Craig Schmidt.

Dr. Maria Windell is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Originally, she intended to major in Geology and Oceanography. But, after her first year, she changed her major to English and transferred to Purdue University. She earned her BA from Purdue University and her MA and PhD from University of Virginia. She specializes in Early American and Ethnic Literature.

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Call For Papers for Practical Criticism Midwest 2013!

Practical Criticism Midwest is the annual conference held by and for English department graduate students.  In the following post, PCM planning committee member Elisabeth Buck encourages all department graduate students to participate and announces the call for papers as well as a workshop to help graduate students write proposals to conference presentations.

The opportunity to participate in and attend academic conferences is one of the most exciting aspects of graduate student life. Some of the perks of attendance include the prospect of hobnobbing with prominent scholars and totally nerding out with fellow academics in your field. If you’re lucky, you might even get to explore a cool city in the process. That said, presenting at a conference can also be quite intimidating: say, for instance, you’re put on a panel with a fully tenured professor and a faculty emeritus from Harvard. Or, you get a question from an overly “enthusiastic” audience member who decides to bring up an article that you’ve never heard of before, but that supposedly completely contradicts your entire argument. I might (ahem) be speaking from personal experience here in referencing these two anecdotes, but— awkward / daunting circumstances aside—I can honestly say that my participation in conferences thus far has been an invaluable component of my scholarly and professional development.

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How Bodies Matter: Drs. Joyce Huff and Deborah Mix Present on Their Special Assigned Leave Research

In the past year, professors Deborah Mix and Joyce Huff each took a sabbatical to research their future projects. On Thursday, November 8, Drs. Mix and Huff will present their separate but related Special Assigned Leave research collectively called, “How Bodies Work.” See the flyer below to read more about the presentation and be sure to join us on Thursday, November 8th, at 11 AM in RB 361 for the event.

New Faculty Profile: Dr. Miranda Nesler

In the last two years, Ball State English has welcomed nine new faculty members to the department. Undergraduate interns Tyler Fields and Nakkia Patrick, as well as graduate student Craig Schmidt, each interviewed three of the new faculty for profiles. We begin our new faculty profiles this week with  Dr. Miranda Nesler. Continue below to read Dr. Nesler’s interview conducted by Craig Schmidt.

Dr. Miranda Nesler grew up in Houston, Texas, where she attended an all girls’ prep school called Duchesne Academy. She earned her BA from Texas Christian University in English and Philosophy, and she earned her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. She specializes in Early Modern British Literature.

*Photo provided by Miranda Nesler

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