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ESFL releases newsletter

The ESFL Department has released its 2014 newletter. Click here to read it.

Student travel funds available

Students who have traveled in the 2013-2014 school year have one more opportunity to submit applications for travel funds.

The Student Travel Fund and Student Travel Committee are taking applications through Friday, June 11. The meeting will meet August 1 to decide on the disbursement of funds.

Applications can be found on the TWU Student Life webpage. The website includes guidelines, priorities, checklist and procedures for claiming funds.

Completed applications with 22 copies are to be mailed to:  Beth Lewis, P.O. Box 425380, Denton, TX 76204. They can also be delivered by hand to the third floor of Jones Hall on the Denton campus.

Professor’s corner offers literary discussions

Professors from Texas Woman’s University’s English, Speech and Foreign Languages Department are regular contributors to Professor’s Corner, a series of literary discussions hosted from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month by the Denton Public Library South Branch, 3228 Teasley, Denton, TX  76210. 

The series allows professors to talk about their special interests to an audience of the general public and allows for discussion of those topics. Some readings are given in advance.  The events are coordinated by Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library, and produced by Dr. Stephen Souris at TWU.

The sessions are supported by Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, Cooper’s Copies and Printing, and Humanities Texas. "This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities."

This year’s sessions wrapped up on Wednesday, June 11, with Dr. Ashley Bender discussing “Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray.” Previous sessions in the 2013-2014 school year included: Dr. Gretchen Busl,“Contemporary Mythology and the Frame-tale Narrative: Rana Dasgupta’s Tokyo Cancelled”; Dr. Haj Ross, from UNT, “Dylan Thomas’s ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’ & Stephen Dunn’s ‘The Sacred’; A Peek Into the Workshop of the Poet”; Dr. Gray Scott, “The Learner’s Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and the Kingkiller Chronicles Can Teach Us about How Students Learn”; Dr. Lei Zhang, “Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s Short Stories”; Dr. AnaLouise Keating, “Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction”; Dr. Russell Greer, “The Achievement of Thomas Hardy’s Poetry”;  Dr. Guy Litton, “Sex, Squanto, and Separatists: Why (Almost) Everything You Were Taught about the Pilgrims Is Wrong.”

For more information, go to the Denton Public Library website.

Contribute to the Scholarship Fund for Dr. Bridges

A group of former students and friends of Dr. Phyllis Bridges are working to establish a scholarship in her honor. See the letter explaining the fundraising effort. For more information on contributing to the endowment, contact Patrice Frisby, development officer in the Office of University Advancement, at or 940.898.3863.

Graduates write a book

Dr. Michele Lockhart and Dr. Kathleen Mollick, two graduates of the Ph.D. in Rhetoric program, having successfully published their first edited collection, Political Women: Language and Leadership (New York: Lexington Books, 2013), are now shifting their focus from American women and their choices of political language to those political women in leadership positions worldwide. Their second book entitled Global Women Leaders: Their World, Their Language is now under contract and scheduled to appear in Fall 2014.

Dr. Lockhart is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she teaches business communication. Partly because of Michele’s previous experiences as an analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as a broadcast journalist and bureau chief, her deep research interests include political rhetoric, media in politics, and technical/business communications.

Dr. Mollick is an associate professor of English at Tarleton State University, where she serves as the Director of the Writing Program. Kathleen has also been published in CCTE Studies, Composition Studies, and she edits The Popken Writer, an anthology of first-year writing. Lockhart’s and Mollick’s collaborative, interdisciplinary research approach is reaching a wide audience of scholars in communications as well as political rhetoric, women’s leadership studies, and even pop culture.

Professor Janet M. Martin of Bowdoin College writes, “This thought-provoking collection of essays on political leaders, leadership, and discourse gives us a sophisticated and theoretically rich analysis to deepen our understanding of the political, social, and cultural traditions and constructs surrounding men and women as political executives, including a response to the question, ‘Why hasn't a woman been elected President of the United States?’” In addition, Dr. Janet Johnson, Dr. Sara Pace Hillin, and Dr. Rochelle Gregory – all pioneering TWU graduates – appear in Political Women: Language and Leadership. Available soon from Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.).

Graduate speaks at commencement

Dr. Dixil Rodriguez spoke at the commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences on May 10, 2013. Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the Rhetoric program here at TWU. She joined the ESFL staff as an adjunct instructor in 2012. The video of her speech can be found here, beginning at 38:05.

Scholarships Awarded

The National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. has awarded an internship to Shannon Quick. Fewer than 15% of the applicants are awarded internships. The paid internship over the summer will bring Ms. Quick into contact with "high-profile journalists and Washington insiders."

Christopher Works, ESFL graduate student, has received a generous four-year scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University's Dedman Law School.

Brieanna Casey has received a 2012 Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship for her “outstanding academic work,” leadership, and service to the community.

Essay published in book

Alexis Milmine's essay "Retracing the Shambling Steps of the Undead: The Blended Folkloric Elements of Vampirism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula" will be published in a collection by Rowman and Littlefield. The book is scheduled to be published in April 2013.

J. Dean Bishop Excellence in Teaching Award 2011-2012

Tawny LeBouef Tullia has been selected as the AY 2011-2012 winner of the J. Dean Bishop Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is bestowed each Fall on a graduate teaching assistant who taught first-year composition courses the previous academic year.

Article to be published

Dr. Janet Johnson made news recently with her scholarly article on social media and the presidential election. Johnson, a graduate of TWU, is now teaching at UT-Dallas, and published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric on the role of Twitter in the presidential campaign. News about the article was picked up by Reuters.

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