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Vetter and Driscoll named Affordable Learning Champions

Driscoll and Colleagues Publish on Writing Beyond the University in New Edited Collection

Dana Driscoll and colleagues published on their larger nationwide self-sponsored writing project in a new edited collection, "Writing Beyond the University."

Sherwood Publishes Digital Poem in International Anthology

Kenneth Sherwood (English, co-director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture) published the digital poem "Coal Code" in the peer-reviewed Electronic Literature Collection. Programmed in Javascript, the multimedia piece combines lyric voice tracks with an array of images reflecting upon and recycling stories and postcard images from nineteenth-century coal culture in Pennsylvania.

Driscoll and Yacoub Publish on Medical Writing Development

Dana Driscoll and Omar Yacoub published an article titled “Threshold Genres: A 10-Year Exploration of a Medical Writer’s Development and Social Apprenticeship Through the Patient SOAP Note” in Written Communication.

English Professor Expands International Teaching Experience During Semester at Sea

It’s not a traditional classroom, but for IUP professor of English Timothy Hibsman, it was smooth sailing, combining his love of teaching with first-hand opportunities to explore nautical history and literature. Hibsman was a member of the faculty for a spring 2022 Semester at Sea voyage on the ship World Odyssey.

Designing Decisions: IUP Faculty, Students, and Alumnae featured in Literacy Today

Professor Mike Sell (English), doctoral student Zeeshan Siddique (Literature and Criticism), and IUP alumnae Rachel Schiera (DEd Administration and Leadership Studies) and Julie Babal (MA, Composition and Literature) are featured in the latest issue of “Literacy Today,” recognized as the leading journal in the field of literacy learning and global advocacy for equitable access to literacy.

English Doctoral Students Cronin and Canton Awarded HASTAC Fellowships

IUP Literature and Criticism doctoral students Joseph Canton and Meghan Cronin have been recognized as 2022 HASTAC scholars.

IUP Graduate Student Selected for Department of State Project

The US Department of State has selected Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate student Jimalee Sowell for a nine-week English Language Specialist virtual project. Sowell is a PhD candidate in IUP’s Composition and Applied Linguistics program.

Applying the Humanities to Police Training

An IUP English professor helps police cadets explore the human side of policing using methods from the humanities. By introducing novels about Black detectives to police cadets in training, Veronica Watson opens up conversations about race, fairness, and policing practices.

Sell, Schiera, and Siddique Incorporate Digital Storygame Design Into Health-Care Technology Education

The Digital Storygame Project, the Lopez Foundation Inc., and LCA Vantage Healthcare are launching an innovative health-care technology course focusing on K-12 education and the integration of STEM and the Arts and Humanities.

Driscoll, Heise, Stewart, and Vetter Release “Writing Spaces Volume Four”

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is an open-access textbook series geared towards undergraduate composition courses.

Driscoll and Co-Authors Present on Self Sponsored Writing at the 2021 Conference on Engaged Learning

Dana Lynn Driscoll, along with co-authors Andrea Efthymiou, Heather Lindenman, Matthew Pavesich, and Jennifer Reid, presented “Self-Sponsored Writing:  A Taxonomy of the Civic, Personal, and Professional Functions of Writing in People’s Lives” at the 2021 Conference on Engaged Learning in July.

Driscoll Offers Teaching Writing for Publication Workshop

Dana Driscoll (English (Composition and Applied Linguistics graduate programs), Writing Center director) presented “Supporting Advanced Writing Processes for Graduate Students and Teaching Writing for Publication” at the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing on July 7, 2021.

Jiang and Vetter Publish Book Chapter on the ”Epistemology of Deceit and Critical Media Literacy” in Wikipedia-Based Education

Jialei Jiang (Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD alumna) and Matthew Vetter (faculty, Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD) recently published a chapter in an edited collection titled “The Epistemology of Deceit in a Postdigital Era: Dupery by Design,” which brings together cross-disciplinary examinations of the power of social media platforms and their role in the proliferation of epistemic harms.

Vetter and McDowell Publish Book on Wikipedia's Knowledge-making Policies and Practices

Matthew Vetter (English Department), with co-author Zachary McDowell (University of Illinois at Chicago), recently published a book titled Wikipedia and the Representation of Reality. The book, which leverages Vetter's 10+ years of researching and teaching with Wikipedia, is a contemporary examination of epistemological policy and practice in what has become the world's largest and most widely-used knowledge archive, the "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

Sell Explores Films Based on Video Games

Mike Sell (English) has published “What is a videogame movie?” in a special issue of Arts magazine on adaptation between film and videogames.

Kerr and Amicucci Publish Book: “Stories from First-Year Composition”

Jo-Anne Kerr (English Department, emerita) and Ann Amicucci (CAL alumna and assistant professor of English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) have published a new resource book to help teachers of first-year college writing help their students develop their identities as writers.

Sell Featured In New York Times Article on Role-playing Games

Professor Mike Sell (English Department) was recently featured in a New York Times article on the persistent popularity of role-playing games, even in the current pandemic.

PhD Student Sowell Selected for English Language Specialist Project

The US Department of State selected Jimalee Sowell, a PhD candidate in the Composition and Applied Linguistics program, to participate in the English Language Specialist Program through a project preparing teachers from Central Asia to write conference proposals.

MA Students SeifAllah and Mushi Invited to Join Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

The English Department is proud of Dalia SeifAllah and Onesmo Mushi, both in the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, as they were selected as new members for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Goss Awarded Dissertation Fellowship to Study Global Citizenship Writing Pedagogies

Debbie Goss (Phd candidate in Composition and Applied Linguistics) was recently awarded a prestigious two-year dissertation fellowship from the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue.

Goss Publishes Assignment Design Essay on UN Sustainable Development Goal for Clean Water and Sanitation

Debbie Goss (PhD candidate in Composition and Applied Linguistics and faculty member at Soka University of America) published “Writing for Clean Water and Sanitation: Accelerating Momentum Toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals Through Action Research” in Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments.

Lucia, Vetter, and Moroz Publish on Rhetoric of Google Lens

Alumnus Brent Lucia, Composition and Applied Linguistics faculty member Matthew Vetter, and Phd candidate Oksana Moroz published “The Rhetoric of Google Lens: A Postsymbolic Look at Locative Media” in Rhetoric Review. 

Jiang and Vetter Publish on Feminist Rhetorical Approach for Teaching Wikipedia-based Assignments in First-Year Composition

Jialei Jiang (Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD alumna) and Matthew Vetter (faculty, Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD) published “Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of a Feminist Rhetorical Approach for Wikipedia-based Writing Instruction in First-Year Composition” in the journal Composition Forum.

PhD Student Heise Reaches Semi-Finalists in Fulbright Application

Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD student Megan Heise applied to the US Fulbright Student Program, 2021–22, proposing a creative storytelling workshop project with refugee youth in Jordan, and is accepted as a semi-finalist.