Faculty Notes for April 2021


Chris Anson’s article “Correctness Revisited: How Students (Mis)Identify and Comment on Errors in Peers’ Drafts” has been published in English Across the Curriculum (University Press of Colorado/WAC Clearinghouse, 2021).


Belle Boggs published “In North Carolina, a Familiar Pattern after the Police Killing of Andrew Brown, Jr.” in Slate.

She also started The Frog Trouble Times, a Substack newsletter about parenthood and childhood on a warming planet, with Beatrice Allen.


Daun Daemon published her poem “Talking” in the Winter 2021 issue of HerWords, a literary journal from Black Mountain Press.


Earlier this month, Huiling Ding gave a plenary talk on “Data Analytics about Technical Communication: Skills and Market Needs” at SpeedCon in Raleigh. 

As an invited speaker, Ding discussed “Outbreak Narratives and Rhetorical Labor: Resilience Building in a World of Unprecedented Challenges” at the virtual CCCC SIG session on Rhetoric’s Histories: Traditions, Theories, Pedagogies, and Practices in early April.


Andrew Johnston’s book Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation (University of Minnesota Press) was published in December 2020. 

Johnston will give a talk about the book at the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago (via Zoom) on May 7.


In April, Dorianne Laux gave a reading for the New Orleans Poetry Festival and the Community of Writers.

She published a new poem, “Summer,” in The Washington Post accompanied by machine learning models.

On April 16, her poem “I Never Wanted to Die” was featured on the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day.  


Leila May has been awarded PAMLA’s Pacific Coast Philology Outstanding Article Award for 2020 for her essay “All the Reflected Light We Cannot See: (Ghastly) Mirror Imagery in Victorian Fiction” in the Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility, and Vision, a special issue of Pacific Coast Philology (Volume 54, Issue 2, 2019).


David Rieder’s article “Eversion, Ecology, Touch, and Rain: A Post-PC Rhetoric” was published in INDECS: Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems.

Sponsored by the CRDM student association, Rieder presented “It’s Alive!: Developing a Touch-Interactive Project During Covid” on a CRDM faculty research panel about DH.


Maria Rouphail, poetry editor at Main Street Rag, recently interviewed Michael S. Glaser, professor emeritus (St. Mary’s College, MD), Maryland Poet Laureate emeritus, and editor (with Kevin Young) of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton: 1965-2010. The interview with Glaser will appear in the summer edition of Main Street Rag, along with several of his new poems.

Rouphail’s full-length manuscript All the Way to China was a finalist in the University of Wisconsin Brittingham contest and the Blue Light Press (CA) poetry competition.


Laura Severin’s article “Valerie Gillies: Inscriptions in the Wind” was published in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Scottish Women’s Poetry Special Issue (July/November 2020).


John Wall delivered a paper on “Recreating Time: The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project and the Re-Presentation of Early Modern Worship” and served as a panelist at a discussion session on “Understanding the Life Cycle of Digital Objects” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, held on Zoom from April 13–22.SPEEDCON 2021

On April 24, the Technical Communication Association (TCA) and the MS in Technical Communication program successfully hosted the annual SpeedCon virtual conference. This year’s focus was Communication During a Pandemic.

The conference was organized by Sayee Jadhav (President), Allison Fisk (Vice President), Elizabeth Knowles (Secretary), Olivia Payne (Treasurer), Adrienne Nip (Social Media Specialist), and Huiling Ding (Faculty Adviser). Presentations and workshops by NC State faculty and students are listed below:

  • Michelle McMullin: “What’s the Next Mechanic?: Is This Thing I’m Stuck on Just Interesting, or Is There a Research Project Happening Here?”   
  • Stacey Pigg: MSTC Capstone Information Session & Brainstorm
  • Olivia Payne and Sayee Jadhav (MSTC students): “Building Inclusive and Accessible Technical Documentation”
  • Huiling Ding: “Data Analytics about Technical Communication: Skills and Market Needs”


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