Faculty Notes for November 2017


Chris Anson and Les Perelman’s essay “Myth: Machines Can Evaluate Writing Well” was published in the collection Bad Ideas About Writing, edited by Drew Loewe and Cheryl Ball.

Anson’s essay “Intellectual, Argumentative, and Informational Affordances of Social Media: Bridging Public Forum Posts and Academic Learning” was published in Social Writing/Social Media: Pedagogy, Presentation, and Publics, edited by Douglas Walls and Stephanie Vie. 

On October 25, Anson gave the keynote address at Claflin University’s 16th Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Education.

On November 17, he gave the keynote address at the 37th Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning at Miami University of Ohio.


Helen Burgess and Krystin Gollihue were awarded a Diversity Mini-Grant for their project “Diversify Your Booklist: Developing Inclusive Citation Practices at NCSU.” The grant is awarded by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.


Paul Fyfe visited White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC, to talk about nineteenth-century fiction and periodicals.

He presented a workshop on “Wikified class notes and collaboration” for the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University.

In early December, he is organizing a group reading of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” If you’re interested to attend or participate, email paul.fyfe@ncsu.edu for details.


Melanie Graham’s poem “Sonnet for Donnie Morgan” is featured this month by Poet Republik.  

Her poem “AutoErotic” is a finalist for the Rougarou Poetry Prize.


Bill Lawrence took part in several events on Long Island in October. On the 16th, he read from his novel The Punk and the Professor and signed copies at Book Revue in Huntington. On the 17th, he hosted a workshop at a library there. On the 18th, he gave a book talk to students, alumni, faculty, and administrators at Suffolk County Community College in Selden.

He has poems forthcoming next month in Alluvian and Ghost City Review.    


Carolyn Miller’s “The Appeal(s) of Latour,” an invited response to “Forum: Bruno Latour on Rhetoric,” was published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 47.5 (2017).

This month in Dallas, Miller was a panel respondent on the topic “The Rhetorics of Programmability and Trust” at the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine Pre-conference, National Communication Association.


Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi attended the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) Institute for Teaching and Mentoring in Atlanta, October 27–29, as an NC State recruiter of faculty of color.

From November 3–5, she attended the fall retreat of the Executive Council of the African Literature Association, held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

She presented as part of a roundtable on “Did the ‘Anglophone’ Protest of 2016-2017 Represent a Significant Turning Point in the Struggle for Rights in Cameroon’s English Speaking Regions?” at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, held November 16–19.


Jennifer Nolan’s article “Reading ‘Babylon Revisited’ as a Post Text: F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Horace Lorimer, and the Saturday Evening Post Audience” was published in Book History.

In early October, Nolan presented “Illustrating Women: Female Artists and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Saturday Evening Post Stories” at the American Short Story: New Horizons Conference at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany.


In This Glass House, a new novel by Thomas Phillips, will be released next week. This is his second book with German publisher Zagava.


Maggie Simon’s article “Re-Reading Mary Wroth’s Aubade” is forthcoming later this fall in the Sidney Journal. 

In October, Simon gave a talk on “Glossing Authorship: Printed Marginalia in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum” at the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, hosted by the University of South Carolina.

Earlier this month, she presented the paper “Woodcuts as Models for Today’s 3D Archives” at the inaugural symposium Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture, hosted by the University of Delaware’s Center for Material Cultural Studies. 


NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) 46 was held in Madison, Wisconsin, Nov. 2–5 and included members of our department in the following presentations:

Jeffrey Reaser, Mary Hudgens Henders, and Amanda J. Godley — “Progressing from Dialect Awareness to Critical Language Awareness and Pedagogy: Equipping Teachers to Interrogating Language, Dialects, and Power”

Erik Thomas — “Corroborating and Correcting Linguistic Atlas Records with Early Audio Recordings of Southerners”

Caroline Myrick and Lars Naborn — “English Variation in the Caribbean: Evidence of Dutch Substrate in Saban English?”

Jon Forrest — “Language at Work: Workplace Conditioning of Language Variation in the South”

Caroline Myrick, Joel Schneier, Jeffrey Reaser, and Nicole Eberle — “Mapping Variation in the English-speaking Caribbean: Moving toward a More Complete Understanding of Caribbean English”

Aaron Dinkin, Jon Forrest, and Robin Dodsworth — “Word Frequency in a Contact-induced Change”

Robin Dodsworth, Jessica Hatcher, and Jordan Holley — “Social Networks and Intra-speaker Variance for Changes in Progress”

Robin Dodsworth — Panel participant, “Grant Writing for Early Career Researchers”



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