Faculty Notes for October 2020


Chris Anson conducted a virtual review of the portfolio assessment program at the University of St. Joseph, September 24–25.

Anson — along with co-authors Susanne Hall, Michael Pemberton, and Cary Moskovitz — published “Reuse in STEM Research Writing: Rhetorical and Practical Considerations and Challenges” in AILA Review (vol. 33).


Susan Emshwiller taught a virtual class in Cinematic Storytelling Techniques for the Triangle Association of Freelancers.


Marsha Gordon’s next Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film book event will be virtual, taking place under the auspices of the University of Chicago on November 20 at 8:30 p.m., Eastern Time. With her co-editor Allyson Nadia Field (U Chicago) and foreword contributor Jacqueline Najuma Stewart (the newly appointed head of programming for the Academy of Motion Pictures Film Museum), she will introduce and discuss an array of mostly Chicago-centric nontheatrical films sourced from regional archives.

Gordon’s latest documentary, All the Possibilities…, is in the midst of its 20 film festival run, with DOC NYC, Tacoma Film Festival, Hamptons Doc Fest, SENE, and DOCUTAH screenings taking place between now and early 2021.  

Her October “Movies on the Radio” show on WUNC’s The State of Things was about sequels.


On October 23, Jim Knowles delivered an invited virtual lecture on “Reconstructing the Lost Mendicant Houses of Medieval Oxford” to the Ohio State University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Symposium on Virtual/Digital Archaeology.


In association with NC State’s Global Training Initiative (GTI), Jamie Larsen developed and taught a five-week program from Sept 7–Oct 9 to 26 students attending Nagoya University, Japan, titled Essentials of Technical Communication. 


This summer, Bill Lawrence released his ninth book, The Bell’s Book: An Essential Guide to Bell’s Palsy and How to Take Back Your Smile. In addition to global sales in English, the book has just been translated into Hindi, Spanish, Portugese, and Chinese, with more languages to follow. The audiobook version has also been released in English this month.  


Christin Phelps received a Fall 2020 Accessibility Champion Award from the NC State IT Accessibility Office.


Jeff Reaser won the Elate award, given by the National Council of Teachers of English.


Cadwell Turnbull won the 2020 Neukom Literary Award for his debut novel, The Lesson.


John Wall presented “Love at First Sight”: The Narrator’s Voice in Marlowe’s Hero and Leander” virtually at the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Mercer University, October 16–17

Wall also presented “Changing Understandings of the Sacred in Paul’s Churchyard: The Cathedral and Its Environment: Urban Gathering-Place; Religious, Civic, and Cultural Center; and Neighborhood” during the virtual Folger Library Seminar on Neighborhood, Community, and Place in Early Modern London, October 2–3.



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