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Have you heard the Good News? Here you can read all about the awesome things that English students and faculty are up to. A new post goes up every month, so stay tuned! If you have any good news that you would like to share with the rest of us, please contact Eva Grouling Snider at We’d love to hear from you!

Summer Good News

Summer has been a busy time for Ball State faculty, students, and alumni alike! Read more to find out what these Ball State affiliates have been up to.

Prof. Katy Didden earned a fellowship to attend the prestigious Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Middlebury, VT. She will be co-facilitating a workshop with poet Alan Shapiro, giving a craft lecture on Marianne Moore and the Great Distance Poem, and giving a reading.

Dr. Paul Ranieri published a chapter titled “Standing the Test of Time: Liberal Education in a Jesuit Tradition” in Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies, edited by Cinthia Gannett and John C. Brereton, published early this summer by Fordham University Press.

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In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English Department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students. 


Dr. Lyn Jones was awarded the Top Diversity Research and Publication Award for the university faculty for the second year in a row. Diversity Provost Dr. Charlene Alexander and Provost Robert Morris presented her the award.  In addition, Lyn was nominated for the Dr. Robert O’ Foster Faculty Award for her work with the ABLT club and the commitment to raising awareness for LGBTQ.

Graduate student Elizabeth King received a Fulbright award! In August she will be placed in Taitung, Taiwan to work with local English teachers and invest in the local community.

The Alliance of Black and Latino Teachers
was nominated for a Diversity Awareness Program of the Year, but did not win that award.  It is quite an honor to have been nominated for this award.

Dr. Robert Habich presented his research on Ralph Waldo Emerson and international tourism at “Global/Emerson: Transmission, Translation, Transnational” at Cornell University.  

Dr. Molly Ferguson presented a paper titled “The Devil You Don’t: Alcoholism and the Faustian Bargain in Claire Kilroy’s The Devil I Know” at the American Conference for Irish Studies, held this year at Notre Dame University.

Dr. Mary Lou Vercellotti published “Shifting structural complexity: The production of clause types in speeches given by EAP students” with undergraduate research assistant Jessica Parker.

Graduating English Education student Rita Mitchell won the Jessie Nixon Award for her leadership in the Alliance of Black and Latino Teachers Club. The award goes to a graduating senior who has been actively involved and has made a positive impact on the university. Congratulations, Rita!

36_Rai Peterson.jpgDr. Rai Peterson participated in The People’s 500, an art project that photographed 100 ordinary people with personal connections to the Indianapolis Brickyard track, each driving two laps in an Official Pace Car for equalling 500 miles or one race. Rai’s personal connection is her participation in the 2012 Indy Mini Marathon. She completed the 13.1 miles while on crutches, and crossed the finish line in just barely under 3 hours. The exhibit will premier at the Tube Factory artspace on May 6.

Prof. Michael S. Begnal published a review of three recent books by Irish poets — Trevor Joyce, Christodoulos Makris, and Peter O’Neill — in the Spring 2016 issue of Trumpet, Poetry Ireland’s critical review.

Prof. Emily Rutter presented “‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’: A Contrafactual Reading of Percival Everett’s Suder and Bernard Malamud’s The Natural” at The Sultans of Swing Conference: 100 Years of Baseball, Jazz, and Short Fiction at Wright State University.

Prof. Silas Hansen presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Los Angeles as part of a panel called “The Multimodal Workshop: Digital Pedagogy for Creative Writers.”

Dr. Joyce Huff wrote a blog post entitled “The Subersive Potential of Fat in Sarai Walker’s Dietland for the German Food Studies blog Food, Fatness and Fitness: Critical Perspectives.

Prof. Emily Scalzo had two senryu accepted to the May 2016 edition of Cattails through the United Haiku and Tanka Society.

Dr. Frank Felsenstein and prof. Patrick Collier, along with three colleagues from the History department, are joint editors of Print Culture Histories Beyond the MetropolisPatrick co-wrote the introduction, and Frank contributed a chapter entitled “Print Culture and Cosmopolitan Trends in 1890s Muncie, Indiana”.

Graduate student Jeremy Flick accepted a teaching position at Ivy Tech in Marion, IN. In addition, Jeremy

Graduate student Matthew Balk defended his dissertation on April 28th. He also accepted the Writing Center Director position at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs for the coming fall semester.



In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English Department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students. 

Lynne Stallings, EnglishBSU media’s article “Parents learning English benefit from class offered by Ball State, Muncie Schools” is based on a partnership between BSU ESL licensure students in Prof. Lynn Stalling‘s Methods and Practicum courses and the Muncie Community Schools. The ELL (English Language Learner) program has been offered to Muncie students for several years, and is now expanded to caregivers who want to learn supplemental English and need an introduction to the American school system.

Elisabeth Buck and Nikki Litherland Baker successfully defended their dissertations!

Drs. Carolyn MacKay and Frank Trechsel published “Hacia una reconstrución del proto-totonaco-tepehua” in the collection Investigaciones (inter)disciplinarias en lingüística.

Prof. Angela Jackson-Brown was interviewed on The Art of the Matter with Travis DiNicola to discuss her play, ANNA’S WINGS. Her play is a part of the 2016 DivaFest at Indyfringe in Indianapolis, IN. Jackson-Brown also hosted a Sneak Peak Cocktail Party for all of the Divas of Divafest at Indy Reads Books.
In addition, Jackson-Brown presented a workshop  entitled “Why Did They Do That: Learning to Ask the Right Questions of our Characters” at the 2016 Gathering of Writers, sponsored by the Indiana Writers Center.

Undergraduate Lauren Cross has been awarded the Senate’s Gudal Memorial Scholarship. She currently works as a Legislative Intern for State Senators Lonnie Randolph and Greg Taylor.

Dr. Adam Beach presented a paper entitled, “Torture, Trauma, and Slaves Who Love Their Masters” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies in Pittsburgh, PA.

Prof. Eva Grouling Snider has been awarded a 2016 Provost Immersive Learning Grant for her project “Holistic Communications for the 21st Century,” also titled Jacket Copy Creative. Students will manage the public communications of Whitely Community Council and the Ball State English Department. Students in the project will work together to produce promotional materials, manage social media, maintain websites, edit blogs, and conduct focus groups. They’ll gain experience in editing/publishing, content marketing, public relations, graphic design, web development, strategic communications, and social media management. For more information, visit our blog post.

Profs. Lynne Stallings, Carolyn Dowling, and Dave Largent were awarded a 2016 Provost Immersive Learning Grant for their project “Developing SED (Science, Education, and Diversity) Modules”. The focus will be to expose students of diverse backgrounds to STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) by developing activity templates and modules for students at a local middle school and after-school program. The modules will incorporate science experiences, while allowing students to effectively communicate about those experiences. It will be offered as an HONR390 colloquium course in the fall.

Dr. Rai Peterson and Prof. Sarojini Jha Johnson have been awarded a joint Virginia Ball Center Fellowship for the 2016-17 school year. Rai, Sarojini, and their students will be working in the cross-disciplinary field of book arts to develop a Book Arts Collaborative in downtown Muncie, Indiana. It will house community programs and a proposed Ball State interdisciplinary minor in book arts that encourages cross-collaboration between students and community members.

BSU alumnus JD Mitchell has been accepted into the University of Louisville College of Business Entrepreneurship MBA program.

Two #bsuenglish students, Luke Bell and Sara Huber, have been selected as recipients of the university-wide Academic Honors in Writing award for the 2015-2016 year.

#bsuenglish senior Darren Sible was nominated for IACTE Outstanding Future Educator award. He is invited to attend a reception later this month with nominees from other universities from across the state. Congratulations!

Dr. Joyce Huff was interviewed by NPR for their broadcast, “‘You Cannot Shame Me’: Two New Books Tear Down ‘Fat Girl’ Stereotypes”.

Dr. Jackie Grutsch Mckinney was a keynote speaker at the 2016 Northeast Writing Center Conference in New Hampshire. She presented “Connecting the Dots of Writing Center Labor Stories” at their largest conference to date.

Dr. Lyn Jones presented “Keeping and Creating Peace: The Alliance of Black Teachers Club” at the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Peace in Troubled Times. In addition, her essay “I Want To Write For Regular People” was featured in Permission: The International Interdisciplinary Impact of Laurel Richardson’s Work.

Prof. Emily Scalzo published a poem, “Higher Education Held Hostage” in New Verse News. Her poem “Duplicity, Or Why I Will Not Support Hillary for 2016” is available at Blue Collar Review and will be in the print edition.

Dr. Susanna Benko’s article, “Instruction matters: Secondary English preservice teachers’ implementation of cognitively demanding writing tasks,” will be published in April’s edition of English Education, a journal sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English.

Along with colleagues Dr. Emily Hodge and Dr. Serena Salloum, Dr. Benko will also present two papers at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington DC later this month. Those papers are:

  • “Policy into practice: Investigating state-endorsed writing resources for the Common Core State Standards”
  • “Common Core connections: A social network analysis of state-level instructional resources for English/language art”

Dr. Elisabeth Buck has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor and Director of the Reading and Writing Center at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Congratulations!

Prof. Craig O’Hara‘s short story “The Laundry District” has been published by Foundling Review.

Prof. Beth Dalton was awarded the 2015-2016 C. Warren Vander Hill Award for Distinguished Teaching in Honors Education.

Dr. Molly Ferguson presented at a “Feminist Pedagogies” roundtable at the Northeast MLA conference (NEMLA) on March 19th. Her talk was titled, “Strategies to Foster Collaborative Knowledge-Making in an Interactive Learning Space Classroom.” In addition, the journal Studi Irlandesi accepted her article for a special issue on “Resistance Ireland,” to be published in June 2017.

Prof. Michael Begnal‘s poem “Homage to Séamus Ennis” was published in the Salmon Poetry anthology titled Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry. The anthology was launched at the AWP Conference at the end of March.

Dr. Laura Romano presented “A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Interviewing: Using Ethnography to Teach Disciplinary Skills” at the Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching, at IUPUI. Romano also presented “The ‘Microlecture’: Creation and Cultivation of the Student Voice” at the College English Association’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado.


51op7cqjbhl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Profs. Mark Neely and Sean Lovelace are proud editors of Nice Things by James Franco, and yes, we mean the real-life movie star legend James Franco. Mark and Sean were recruited through a publishing connection and the rest, as they say, is history. This chapbook of Franco’s musings has been published through New Michigan Press.

Sean Lovelace also published two flash fictions, “University of W” and “University of B” in the spring issue of Sonora Review.

Elisabeth Buck has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Center at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Dr. Jennifer Grouling has been granted research leave for Fall 2016 to work on her project “Adapting VALUES: The Life of a Rubric.” She will be studying the ways that different universities have adapted the VALUES rubric for Written Communication by the Association of American Colleges and Universities for assessment across the curriculum.

Alicia Miller, currently pursuing an MA in TESOL, has been accepted to the PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction at Mercer University. Congratulations!

A review of What Middletown Read by Dr. Frank Felsenstein has been published in the March issue of Choice, a publication for academic libraries.

Prof. Michael Begnal presented on a creative panel at the 44th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, reading a sequence of poems titled, “A Colony of Ticks.”

Several of our fabulous grad students also presented at the Louisville Conference. They rocked it.


  • Olivia Gehrich presented “Change vs. Progress: Analysis of the Gender Outlaw’s Function in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando”
  • Jesse Sopher presented “‘The Manly Love of Comrades’: A Whitmanian Tradition, Edward Prime-Stevenson’s Imre, and the Effects of the Closet on Homosocial Behaviors, Relationships, and Desires”
  • Danita Mason presented “Heteronormativity and Lesbian Invisibility in Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt and the Film Carol
  • Jeremy Flick presented “Be a Good Girl: Power Dynamics in The Price of Salt, Carol, and Lolita

Prof. Emily Scalzo had three senryu accepted by @7×20 in January, and they were published this month on Twitter. Check them out! In addition,

  • her poem “Duplicity, or Why I Will Not Support Hillary for 2016” will be published in the Winter 2016 Blue Collar Review, available in March, and
  • her poem “Stardust” was accepted by Mobius: The Journal of Social Change in late February, and is now available online.

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The public memoir Where Mercy and Truth Meet: Homeless Women of Wheeler Speak, edited by Prof. Lyn Jones, was chosen as the class reader for a required freshman course at Butler titled: Families and Urban Poverty in U.S. History. The anthology was created by the Indiana Writers Center and Wheeler Mission Ministries Center for Women and Children, and was published last September. It centers on the stories of homeless women seeking assistance at Wheeler Mission. Lyn presented her talk “Using Public Memoir as a Way to Make Change for the Homeless” to the class at Butler.

In addition, Lyn published a chapter entitled “I Want to Write for Regular People” in the book Permission: The International Interdisciplinary Impact of Laurel Richardson’s Work. 

Dr. Susanna Benko published “More than social media: Using Twitter with preservice teachers as a means of reflection and engagement in communities of practice” in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, an interactive online journal. The article was co-authored with Dr. Megan Guise, Casey Earl, and Witny Gill.

The Ball State Speech team was crowned Indiana Forensic Association 2016 State Champions for the fifth year in a row, and the Quality Award for the third year in the row. Four English students on the team carried home other awards and prizes:

  • Lauren Seitz, senior, won the scholarly essay contest with her entry: “‘Funny’ Feminism: An Ideological Criticism of Sarcastic Twitter Account @MeninistTweet.” She was also named Extemporaneous, After Dinner Speaking and Impromptu Speaking Champion.
  • Madison Gillespie, junior, was named Poetry & Prose Interpretation Champion.
  • Sarah Martin, freshman, was named Duo Interpretation Champion and Novice Prose Champion.

Congratulations on the awards!


In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English Department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students.

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Prof. Lyn Jones and her teaching students recently published the second issue of “Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature.” The interactive magazine features dialogue with authors, original and rewritten stories, and teacher resources for the classroom. The goal is to share innovative, diverse stories for children who are lacking representation, who deserve “stories about children like them, about families like theirs, about experiences they have, about lives they actually live.” This issue focuses on LGBTQ issues in children’s and young adult works. The magazine is available online through the BSU Now app.

Professor Cathy Day‘s panel for the 2015 Association of Writers and Writing Programs was recorded for the AWP podcast series, and is now available for listening. “How I Taught Then, How I Teach Now” covers five teachers’ active awareness of their changing assumptions in the classroom, and how it ultimately changed their courses for the better.

Dr. Frank Felsenstein published “Smollett’s Use of ‘Seafarot’: A Long Standing Textual Crux Resolved,” in January’s Notes and Queries, published by Oxford University Press.

Prof. Emily Scalzo has three senryu accepted for publication in 7×20The online magazine publishes fiction and poetry exclusively on Twitter. Her work will be revealed in the third week of February, so be sure to follow!

Prof. Angela Jackson-Brown‘s play, ANNA’S WINGS, has been accepted as part of the 2016 Diva Fest, which is presented through the generosity of Ellen and Richard Shevitz in association with IndyFringe, Andrew Black, and the Indiana Writers Center. The play will debut on April 2nd and April 10th at the Indy Eleven Theatre in Indianapolis. In the past month Angela also:
  • was a featured poet at The Bards Town in Louisville, KY, sponsored by New Southerner Literary Journal.
  • taught a class at the Indiana Writers Center entitled, “Whose Story Is It Anyway: The Importance of Point of View.” On Saturday, February 20th she will be teaching a workshop called Revision 101.

Dr. Rai Peterson has two articles recently in print:

  • “Low Rank, High Brow: The ‘Adolescent’ War Writing of E. E. Cummings and Kurt Vonnegut” is available in Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society.
  • “Parallax: Nancy Cunard’s Knowing Response to T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land” is available in Studies in the Humanities.

Alumni Abby Higgs has a series of essays, “My Life with Annie Lennox,” appearing on The Rumpus.

Undergraduate Luke Bell had poetry accepted for publication in the upcoming SLAB magazine.

Ball Stat12642878_808955794327_3949055353494235587_ne graduate students organized another successful Practical Criticism Midwest Conference! “Out of the Shadows” featured panels and themed work (including those fantastic doggerels) by current Ball State students as well as students from other universities. The keynote address was delivered by Ball State alumnus and current Taylor University faculty member Aaron Housholder. Congratulations all, and thanks for all your hard work!

Dr. Robert Habich’s review of Emerson’s Protégés: Mentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism’s Future by David Dowling appeared in the Autumn 2015 issue of Emerson Society Papers. His essay “An Emerson Bibliography, 2014” was published in the same issue.

Prof. Jill Christman‘s essay, “Going Back to Plum Island” has been published in River Teeth, which is also available on Project Muse through our library’s database. In addition, her essay “On Kindness” has been accepted for publication by Brain, Child magazine.

Dr. Joyce Huff‘s essay, “The Narrating Stomach: Appetite, Authority and Agency in Sydney Whiting’s 1853 Memoirs of a Stomach” has been published in Body Politics, an online journal based in Germany.



In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students.


Prof. Jackie Grutsch McKinney delivered the keynote address at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Salt Lake City. Jackie is the current director of the Ball State Writing Center and has conducted extensive research on writing center labor and how technology has changed the functions of writing centers. The theme of NCPTW ’15 was (De)Center: Testing Assumptions about Peer Tutoring and Writing Centers. Congratulations, Jackie!

Prof. Michael Begnal had three poems published in the literary magazine The Pickled Body. One of these poems, “Paris of Appalachia,” was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize.

Matthias Raess gave a poster presentation of “Because formality: The conjunction-noun construction in online text corpora” with Kenneth Baclawski (UC Berkeley) and Justin Bland (Virginia Tech) at the joint annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Dialect Society, in Washington D.C.

Dr. Adrienne Bliss presented her paper entitled “Flipping/Flopping, Tech No and Techno” at the Lilly Conference: Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Austin, Texas.

Prof. Emily Scalzo published a haiku in the 2015 anthology of Element(ary) My Dear, through Kind of a Hurricane Press.

Dr. Frank Felsenstein‘s essay “‘If You Tickle Us, Do We Not Laugh?’: Stereotypes of Jews in English Graphic Humor of the Georgian Era” was published in No Laughing Matter: Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity

Dr. Mary Lou Vercellotti co-wrote a research paper with Dr. Nel de Jong of Amsterdam, Netherlands, entitled “Similar prompts may not be similar in the performance they elicit: Examining fluency, complexity, accuracy, and lexis in narratives from five picture prompts”. It will be published by Language Teaching Research and is currently available online ahead of print. Mary Lou also presented “Maximizing Students’ Interactions With An Expert” at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University in Ohio.

Dr. Robert Habich has published “An ‘Extempore Adventurer’ in Italy: Emerson as International Tourist,” in a collection entitled A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and International Culture.




In the latest installment of our “Good News” series, the Ball State English Department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students.EBuck

Elisabeth Buck
, a Teaching Assistant
and PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition, has been selected to receive the Doctoral Level Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015-2016 from Ball State. She has also been nominated for the  Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching award. Congratulations, Elisabeth, on the award and nomination!

Prof. Lyn Jones
 received a Provost Immersive Learning Grant for her “Rethinking the Stories We Publish, Shelve, and Read” project for summer and fall 2016 semesters.

Prof. Adrienne Bliss
presented “Framing Prison Narratives: Confining the Voice” as part of the American Criminology and Penology panel at the 2015 Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Alicia Miller
 and Sara Isaacson, MA TESOL students, successfully presented their research project at Second Language Research Forum, in Atlanta, GA, in October 2015. The conference is a national-level, refereed conference in second language research. The project is based on Alicia’s term paper from a course, ENG 624 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition, she took in Spring 2015. Congratulations, Alicia and Sarah!

ND15-Cover-360.jpg_mediumProf. Katy Didden
presented a paper on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen at the Society for the Study of American Women Writer’s Conference. Didden also had poems accepted for publication by The Kenyon Review and Ecotone.

Prof. Cathy Day
 will be the Writer-in-Residence at Hanover College for the month of March. She will be living on campus, giving public talks, and meeting with students interested in novel-writing. Professor Day was also invited to UNC-Wilmington to be their annual honors spring speaker, and she made the Indianapolis Monthly’s list of Indiana’s current great novelists.

Profs. Debbie Mix, Pat Collier, and Emily Rutter attended the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Boston. At the Distinctly American Lyrics panel, Rutter presented “When ‘I’ Means ‘We’: Gwendolyn Bennett’s and Mae Cowdery’s ‘Heritage’ Poems” and Mix presented “‘We must both be here’: Lyric Poetry and Political Engagement.” Collier presented his own work as well as the award for Best Edition/Edited Collection. In addition to the awards work, Collier was also invited to attend a seminar called “Print Culture and Popularity.”

Alysia Sawchyn, a recently graduated M.A. student, had a nonfiction piece accepted for publication in a special ghost issue of Indiana Review. The issue will be published in May 2016. Sawchyn is currently working on her MFA in creative writing.

Ashley Ford, a regular contributor to ELLE magazine, recently published an essay titled On the Invisibility of Black Pain on Campus.

Abby Higgs had work published in November editions of Salon and The Rumpus. 
Undergraduate Luke Bell had poems accepted for publication by Outrageous Fortune magazine. Congratulations, Luke!

Prof. Peter Davis
recently had poems published in The Awl, Juked, Interrupture, Ampersand, Sixth Finch, Powder Keg, and Poet Lore. More poetry will be forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review and The Believer. Davis’s book TINA was also reviewed by Stephen Burt in Coldfront.

Profs. Carolyn MacKay
and Frank Trechsel published an article titled “Totonac-Tepehua Genetic Relationships” in Amerindia.

Prof. Jill Christman‘s
new essay “Going Back to Plum Island” appeared in this month’s edition of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. Editors have nominated the essay for a Pushcart Prize. Ball State community can access River Teeth through the Project Muse database in our library site.



In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students.

Prof. Susanna Benko has been hard at work on a research project with Dr. Emily Hodge (Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University) and Dr. Serena Salloum (Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Ball State University). Together, this team is investigating how state educational agencies (SEAs) provide support to secondary English/Language Arts teachers via curricular resources that SEAs post on websites, analyzing the major organizations to which states link. To date, the team has coded 116 webpages of English/Language Arts resources for state standards, from 51 state department of education websites, for a grand total of 2,013 resources!

Drs. Benko, Hodge and Salloum will be presenting this work at the annual convention for the American Educational Research Association (AERA)  in April 2016 in Washington, DC.  One paper, titled “Common Core Connections: A Social Network Analysis of State-level Instructional Resources” will provide an overview of all 2,013 resources.  The second paper, titled “Policy into Practice: Investigating State-Endorsed Writing Resources for the Common Core State Standards” will focus specifically on resources focused on the teaching of writing.

Prof. Pat Collier has been named co-editor of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies beginning in January. He will share editorial duties with Barbara Green, associate professor of English at Notre Dame.

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Cathy Day at the TILT mixer with Leah Nahmias, Director of Programs and Community Engagement at Indiana Humanities.

Prof. Cathy Day gave a presentation on “The Gilded Age’s Society Pages” at the 924 Gallery in Indianapolis. The event, TILT: An Arts and Humanities Mixer, was to celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month sponsored by the Indy Arts Council and Indiana Humanities  TILT featured two rounds that paired one arts expert and one humanities expert.

Prof. Frank Felsenstein‘s work on the “What Middletown Read” project has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities during its fiftieth anniversary. The project has been deemed one of fifty selected “Projects that have enriched and shaped American lives” and “shaped what we think and what we know about ourselves and our culture.”

Prof. Jackie Grutsch-McKinney‘s second book came out in October, and can be found on her publisher’s website here.

Prof. Silas Hansen presented as part of the panel “Honesty, Not Sensationalism: Creative Nonfiction After the Memoir Craze” at the NonfictioNow Conference in Flagstaff, AZ.

Prof. Lyn Jones has been very busy this month. She published “Building a Rainbow: One Writer at a Time,” (book chapter) in Living the Work: Promoting Social Justice and Equity Work in Schools Around the World, edited by Christa Boske,and Azadeh F. Osanloo. Volume 23 of Book Series Advances in Educational Administration, Emerald Publishing, October 10, 2015.

Jones was featured in

-College Planning and Management, Disability Offices, Accessibility, Privacy Attractive to Students Using Wheelchairs, October 22, 2015 (

-Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, Students Using Wheelchairs have Thoughts for Colleges, October 22, 2015

-University Business, Students Using Wheelchairs have Thoughts for Colleges, Article featuring my research project, October 22, 2015 (

Jones also presented “Worlding: Rewriting the World and the Word in Disability Studies,” at the Diversity Research Symposium at Indiana State University.

Prof. Mai Kuha presented “Street Harassment in the Curriculum: Risks, Rewards, and Dynamics” at the Diversity Research Symposium at Indiana State University.

Prof. Sean Lovelace published “Memory,” a flash fiction in Smokelong Quarterly Magazine, which will come out November.

Prof. Matt Mullins’s filmpoem “Our Bodies” was recently screened as part of a curated exhibition called Text(e)/Image/Beat at the EmmediThe Four Seasons Covera Wordfest in Alberta, Canada. The filmpoem can be found here.

Prof. Mark Neely was a featured reader/ presenter at the Pygmalion Festival in Champaign, Illinois and the Texas Book Festival in Austin Texas. New poems of his were recently accepted by Rhino, Chattahoochee Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and DIAGRAM.

Undergrad and grad students Amory Orchard, Kathryn Hampshire, and Morgan Gross all received Aspire Student Travel Awards this month to present at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Salt Lake City, UT.

Prof. Emily Scalzo
 had two haiku published in an anthology entitled The Four Seasons through Kind of a Hurricane Press.

Prof. Vanessa Rapatz presented a paper titled “Intransitive Atonement in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus” at the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference in Vancouver. She was on a panel called Remembering Antiquity: Roman Frames, Renaissance Matters.

Prof. Emily Rutter published an article entitled “‘Isolated Togetherness’: Archival Performances in Harmony Holiday’s Negro League Baseballin Studies in American Culture 38.1.


In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students. 

Prof. Jill Christman has three essays coming out this month:

Oct-15-Cover-FINAL-819x1024“The Eleven-Minute Crib Nap” will be released in a new literary anthology about all things baby on Oct. 5th, Oh Baby!: True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love edited by Lee Gutkind and published by In Fact Books. Creative Nonfiction is giving away 23 copies of the book through their site & Goodreads is giving away 20 copies here.

“Burned Images” appears in Scars: An Anthology, edited by Erin Wood and published by Et Alia Books (October 2015)

“Leading the Children Out of Town” is online in the Fall 2015 issue of Brain, Child magazine.

Dr. Jackie Grutsch-McKinney was recently elected to the International Writing Center Association Executive Board. She will assume the position of Vice President in November at NCTE, serving for two years in that role, followed by two years as President, and then two years as Past-President.

Dr. Robert D. Habich published the review-essay “Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Transcendentalism” in American Literary Scholarship 2013: An Annual, ed. Gary Scharnhorst (Duke University Press, 2015), pp. 3-21.  American Literary Scholarship contains commissioned chapters that evaluate the year’s criticism and scholarship on a variety of American authors.

Prof. Silas Hansen was recently notified that one of his essays was listed as notable in Best American Essays 2015.

Sarah Isaacson and Alicia Miller, both IEI graduate assistants, received an Aspire Grant for their presentation, “Benefits of Electronic Textbooks on Second Language Literacy Development.” They presented at the Second Language Research Forum from October 29 to October 31, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Lyn Jones spent her summer working with the Wheeler Mission Ministries Center for Women and Children in Indianapolis, where she collected women’s stories for a memoir titled, Where Mercy and Truth Meet: Women of Wheeler Speak. Dan sbw_wheeler_mission_writing_center_blog_threeCarpenter, the former and long time editor of the Indy Star, wrote a wonderful article praising the memoir, which can be read here. English education major Rita Mitchell and recent BSU English graduate Elizabeth Wilkes helped Dr. Jones with this project. Jones also presented at these conferences:

“Worlding: Rewriting the World and the Word in Disability Studies,” Diversity Research Symposium, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, Submitted June 2015, Accepted September 2015, Presented October 24, 2015

 “Self-Publishing Student’s Work from the Writing Classroom: How to, Why, Outcomes,” (with Michael Baumann, Ph.D. Rhet/Comp Student at the University of Louisville), Indiana Teachers of Writing, Indianapolis, IN, Submitted June 2015, Accepted August 2015, Presented September 26, 2015

Prof. Craig O’Hara‘s flash fiction piece, “Terminal Lounge,” is now out in the fall issue of Phychopomp magazine. It’s available online here.

Amory Orchard had an essay come out in the national undergraduate nonfiction magazine, Thoreau’s Rooster, last month.

Dr. Emily Rutter recently won the South Atlantic Review Best Essay Prize for her essay “the story usually being’: Revising the Posthumous Legacy of  Huddie Ledbetter in Tyehimba Jess’s leadbelly.” SAMLA will award her a cash prize at its annual conference in November. She also presented “‘this is how you are a citizen’: Documenting Racial Trauma in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric” at the Issues in Critical Investigation Biennial Symposium on the African Diaspora at Vanderbilt University.


In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students. 

Dr. Susanna Benko spent much of her summer working on a research project with her colleagues, Dr. Serena Salloum (Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Ball State) and Dr. Emily Hodge (Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University). Together, they are conducting analyses of professional development resources for secondary English teachers that are sponsored by state departments of education.  Over the summer, they presented these papers:

-“Tracing Messages about Common Core Instruction:  A qualitative and social-network analysis of state-level resources.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Conference, Chicago IL, April 2015
-“Whose voices count in defining “Common Core” instruction?  A national analysis of state-level professional resources.”  Presentation at the Conference on English Education (CEE) Annual Conference, New York, NY, June 2015.

Prof. Cathy Day
has been accepted into Ragdale’s Residency Program for the 2016 residency year. She’ll spend February 2016 there, which falls during her special assigned leave. She’ll be working on her novel-in-progress.

An addition to the What Middletown Read database has been published by Dr. Frank Felsenstein and his co-author James J. Connolly.  The volume is entitled What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City, and an early review in the London Times Higher Education Supplement can be found here.

Dr. Bob Habich was an invited participant at a panel on the academic job market at the American Literature Association annual conference. The conference was held in Boston this past May.

Dr. Pam Hartman, a member of the Gender and Literacy Assembly of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) (formerly known as the Women in Literacy and Life Assembly (WILLA) of NCTE), helped contribute to a guideline NCTE recently published on their blog that advocates teaching gender non-conformity in grades 7-12 curriculum. 

Dr. Elmar Hashimov, recent PhD graduate, is joining Biola University, a private liberal arts school in Southern California, as a Screenshot 2015-09-03 at 10.30.33 AMtenure-track Assistant Professor of English. He will be teaching rhetoric, writing, and pedagogy courses; directing the university writing center; and helping to develop and coordinate the writing in the disciplines initiative. He will also continue researching and writing about interdisciplinary writing and multiliteracies.

Dr. Kristine Kotecki spent three weeks this summer in Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Croatia doing follow-up research for her book project on how transnational belonging is imagined through cultural memory practices in the region. She visited events and exhibits addressing the 20-year anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica and attended the Pula Film Festival, among other things.

Recent graduate Brittany Means has accepted a position as a development assistant here at Ball State University.

Prof. Craig O’Hara’s short story collection, One Thirty Five South, was named a finalist for the 2014 St. Lawrence Book Award. His flash fiction piece, “Tailor,” has been published in the August 2015 issue of DecomP MagazinE. It is available online at here. And his short story, “It Aint Easy,” was named a semi-finalist in The Mark Twain House and Museum’s Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest.

After publishing a piece in Issue 17 of Midwestern Gothic, recently graduated M.A. student Alysia Sawchyn was featured in the magazine’s “contributor’s spotlight,” which can be found here.Alysia-Sawchyn

Prof. Emily Scalzo has been published in HOOT, and an audio file of her reading the poem can be found here.

The Intensive English Institute is hosting two groups of Fulbright scholars, a group from Iraq and a group from Lebanon. The Project Director is Dr. Mary Theresa Seig, and Dr. Liz Riddle, Dr. Megumi Hamada, Dr. Lyn Jones, and Dr. Mary Lou Vercellotti are working with the IEI on the project, and are giving/have given week-long workshops.