Faculty News for May & June 2023


Chris Anson, with co-authors Ian Anson and CRDM graduate Kendra Andrews, published “Teachers’ Beliefs about the Language of Peer Review: Survey-Based Evidence,” in Rethinking Peer Review: Critical Reflections on a Pedagogical Practice, edited by Phoebe Jackson and Christopher Weaver (The WAC Clearinghouse and UP of Colorado, 2023).

In June, Anson gave remarks about the role of reading in AI on a plenary panel at the 2023 European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing in Winterthur, Switzerland; he also gave a paper on “Revisiting Cognitive Models of Writing in the Context of NLP Systems.”

At the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Clemson, SC, Anson co-led the WAC Summer Institute Alumni Workshop and, with Susanne Hall and Michael Pemberton, spoke on “Students’ Reuse of Their Own Writing Across Courses: Instructional Attitudes, Ethical Considerations, and Practical Strategies.”

At the IWAC conference in Clemson, Anson and co-editor Pamela Flash received the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum’s runner-up award for the best edited collection for Writing-Enriched Curricula: Models of Faculty-Driven and Departmental Transformation (The WAC Clearinghouse and UP of Colorado).


On June 4, Foxglove Journal published Daun Daemon’s poem “Close Calls.”


Paul Fyfe is part of a project team including Thomas Smits (PI, University of Antwerp), Julia Thomas (Cardiff University), and Ben Lee (University of Washington Information School / Kluge Fellow Library of Congress) awarded the Research Society for Victorian Periodical’s Field Development Grant. The project, “Multimodal AI, Image Analysis, and the Illustrated Periodical Press,” experiments with how AI can assist the search, discovery, and description of illustrations in nineteenth-century newspapers. 


Marsha Gordon’s new book, Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life and Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott, received coverage in The New Yorker and The New York Times and was reviewed in The New York Sun.

Gordon has discussed her book on the podcasts The San Francisco Experience and Writers Drinking Coffee and was featured in an episode on Parrott for the Lost Ladies of Lit podcast.

She collaborated with other scholars to shape the exhibition “In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers,” at the  Harvard Museum of Natural History (May 2022–November 2023). 


Jason Miller presented a talk titled “Legacy in Stone: The Dorothea Dix Cemetery— from Headstones to Restoration” at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park in June.

An interview with Miller about Dix Park, and a poem about the noteworthy appearance of a painted bunting, appear next to stunning photographs by Bob Karp in the July issue of Walter Magazine.


Elaine Orr’s third novel, The Dancing Woman, will be published by Blair in Fall 2024. Set against the backdrop of Nigeria on the edge of Civil War in the 1960s, it tells the story of a young expat woman artist, torn between two men, as she struggles to find her passion and purpose.


On June 14, John Wall presented “Managing the Recreation of Lost Space and Time: The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project” on a panel on Project Management in the Humanities at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Conference, held via Zoom at the University of Victoria. 

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