Check here for upcoming visiting speakers, details on semester deadlines, and other news of interest to our department.
Professor Felicia Campbell featured in Rebel Yell
Readers of the May 9 issue of the UNLV Rebel Yell, will find a
feature article by Kimber Stewart, celebrating Professor Felicia Campbell’s 50th anniversary teaching
at UNLV. Congratulations to Professor Campbell!
New Members welcomed to Sigma Tau Delta international honor society in May 2013
Last Friday, May 3, 2013, the Epsilon Rho chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society held an Induction Ceremony to welcome new members here at UNLV. Welcome to the 28 new inductees honored at the induction ceremony: congratulations to Michelle Abraham, Matthew Buyachek, Maria Brophy, Alex Carlone, Joan Castle, Alexandria Daniels, Ceasare Filipelli, Grace Funcion, Analelli Gonzalez, Kara Hall, Stephanie Kasheta, Caitlin Keisker, Erik Kluever, Kristen Koop, Darel Mally, Amanda Miller, Molly O'Donnell, Cole Peterson, Fantasi Pridgon, Yelena Protopopova, Aisha Ratanapool, Katie Ross, Timea Sipos, Bella Victoria Smith, Anthony Stahl, Kristen Tardio, Amy Townsley, and Richard Warren.
Back Row (left to right): Christopher Decker, Amanda Miller, Anthony Stahl, Timea Sipos and Kristen Tardio. Front Row (left to right): Richard Harp, Alex Carlone, and Vincent Perez.
Sigma Tau Delta (ΣΤΔ) is the International English Honor Society. Founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University, ΣΤΔ strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; to provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; and foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing. The Epsilon Rho chapter of ΣΤΔ is active at UNLV. Information about joining can be found online at www.english.org/sigmatd/members/scholarships/index.shtml.
Fall 2013 Course Descriptions online
Registration is coming up! If you want to see what the English Department is offering for the Fall 2013 semester,
we’re happy to say that undergraduate and graduate-level Course Descriptions for Fall
2013 are now available for you to review.
English Department Spring Open House, April 10
The department of English would like to invite you to attend their spring open house. There will be faculty and staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about English classes, university requirements, careers for English majors, and much more.
We'll also have fall course descriptions and snacks. Drop by and say hello if you have a chance!
This open house is free and open to the public.
When: Apr. 10, 2013, 10am – 3pm
Where: Flora Dungan Humanities (FDH), Room 608
Congratulations to Prof. John Bowers
It’s been a great season for English faculty awards. The English Department at UNLV is happy to congratulate our own Professor John Bowers and Professor Ed Nagelhout on their recent awards honoring their outstanding research and teaching.
Professor John Bowers is this year’s winner of the William Morris Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts. Professor Ed Nagelhout is the winner of the Division of Educational Outreach Faculty Excellence Award. Congratulations to our award-winning faculty!
Prof. Ed Nagelhout, winner of the Division of Educational Outreach Faculty Excellence Award
Megan Becker-Leckrone Wins Regents Teaching Award
Executive Vice-President and Provost John White has announced that Megan Becker-Leckrone has won both a UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award for 2013 and—in a further extraordinary achievement—was the sole winner of the Nevada Regents’ Teaching Award. The Provost’s message:
I am delighted to announce that a statewide faculty and student committee has recommended that the Nevada Regents’ Teaching Award for four-year institutions be awarded to a UNLV faculty member, Megan Becker-Leckrone, Associate Professor in the Department of English. Dr. Becker-Leckrone is also one of four winners of the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award for 2013.
Congratulations to Prof. Anne Stevens, new University Second Year Seminar Coordinator
Professor Anne Stevens has been appointed by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Carl Reiber as the University’s Second Year Seminar Coordinator. This is a key role in UNLV’s continuing development of its General Education Reform. Anne will consult with various of the University’s eleven colleges to help them develop a SYS, which may often be done within the framework of the English Department’s World Literature course. She is superbly qualified for this role. She has been a guiding member of the Faculty Senate’s General Education Committee, which approves all First and Second Year Seminars, and is well known throughout the College of Liberal Arts as an effective spokesperson for liberal education. Anne will continue to teach in the Department as well as serve as Undergraduate Director while fulfilling her new duties, which begin immediately.
Far West Popular and American Culture Associations Conference
The twenty-fifth Annual Meeeting of the Far West Popular and American Culture Associations will take place February 22–24, 2013 at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas. Details available at fwpca.org.
Congratulations to Award-Winning English Department Faculty!
The English Department at UNLV is happy to congratulate Professors Kelly Mays and P. Jane Hafen on their recent awards recognizing their outstanding teaching and research.
Kelly Mays has received an NEH Grant for calendar year 2013, which carries a stipend of more
than $50,000. She will use the grant to finish her book on how the nineteenth-century Victorians
viewed themselves as fashioning history and society. Some of Prof. Mays’ work has already
been published in peer-reviewed journals, which one editor described as an “ingenious study
based in archival database research of the Victorians viewing themselves as agents of history.
Early reviewers have also found appealing and appropriate that she is writing from UNLV in
Las Vegas, a city that has fashioned itself, as they note, as a place of cosmopolitan culture, much
as the nineteenth-century Londoners that she is studying were attempting to do with their own
culture. UNLV Provost and Executive Vice-President John White commented that Prof. Mays
should “be quite proud to be in the top 7% of [all] applicants” for this coveted award.
Professor Jane Hafen was recognized in Spring 2012 as the winner of the College of Liberal
Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching, which carries a stipend of $1,000 and a
plaque. Dean Christopher Hudgins said the “competition for this award is always intense” and
that “it is a great tribute to your skill and accomplishments as an instructor to be chosen for this
award.” Prof. Hafen has developed, basically by herself, an extremely important area of study
for UNLV students—that of Native/Western American literature—has taught well and often
courses required for the English department’s major as well as those for the General Education
core (World Literature), and has also developed and taught courses in African American
Literature, all the while mentoring with great success graduate students in her varied areas of
Celebrating Felicia Campbell’s 50 Years of Teaching at UNLV
On Friday, November 9, the English Department was delighted to gather in the TAM Grand Hall and Trent Lounge to celebrate the 50th year of Dr. Felicia Campbell’s career at UNLV.
In her career at UNLV, Dr. Campbell has traversed areas from traditional literary studies, to Gambling and Risk Taking, from Asian Studies, to Popular Culture. She has been KNPR book critic, President of the Popular Culture Association, founded NOW in Las Vegas and the UNLV Women's Caucus, organized what is today the UNLV Faculty Alliance and is now Executive Director of the Far West Popular Culture Association and Editor of The Popular Culture Review. In her often controversial career she has traveled from the Mojave to the Himalayas. Her enthusiasm for adventure and teaching remain unabated.
Spring 2013 Course Descriptions online.
Registration is coming up! If you want to see what the English
Department is offering for the Spring 2013 semester, we’re happy
to say that undergraduate and graduate-level Course Descriptions for Spring 2013 are now available for you to review.
Congratulations to English Honorees!
Several graduate and undergraduate English nominees, nestled between
Dr. Richard Harp (Chair, Department of English) on the far left, and
Associate Dean Christopher Heavey, on the far right.
On April 26, 2012, the College of Liberal Arts held its Honors Convocation
in the Blasco Events Center. The Convocation is held to recognize the extraordinary
achievements of the college faculty and its most talented graduate and
undergraduate students. Eighteen graduate students received various
scholarships and awards, as well as 31 undergraduate students. Steve
DeVito and Regina Dickerson both were honored with UNLV Outstanding
Teaching by Part-time Faculty awards. Professor
John Bowers was given the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching
Award. Professor P. Jane Hafen received the
BMI/COLA Research Fellowship Award and the William Morris Award for
Excellence in Teaching. Professor John
Unrue was honored as the recipient of the Rita Deanin Abbey Teacher
of the Year! Congratulations to everyone who received
Professors P. Jane Hafen
and John Unrue, with Associate Dean Christopher Heavey
Fall 2012 Course Descriptions
The UNLV English Department undergraduate
and graduate course descriptions for Fall 2012 are now available
Modernist Studies Association Conference in October
Studies Association Conference, on “Modernism &
Spectacle,” will be held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas from
October 17-21, 2012. Keynote speakers are J. Hillis
Miller, Peggy Phelan, and Terry Smith. Special events include a poetry
reading by the distinguished peot/scholar James Logenbach (co-sponsored
with Black Mountain Institute), a modern dance performance
produced by our own UNLV dance department, an architectural tour
sponsored by the UNLV School of Architecture, and a cocktail hour at
Bauman’s Rare Books. For more information please contact Beth Rosenberg.
Far West Popular Culture & American Culture Associations 24th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Feb. 24–26.
The Far West Popular Culture & American Culture Associations cordially invite you to their 24th Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 24-26, 2012. Papers on all aspects of Popular Culture worldwide and American Culture as well as readings by creative writers and round tables will be featured.
Contact Felicia Campbell, Department of English, UNLV for more information, or check out the conference website at http://fwpca.org/.
Alissa Nutting in New York Times
Congratulations to UNLV alumna Alissa Nutting, whose essay “An Appointment With Dread” appeared in the online version of the New York Times for Sunday, January 29.
Spring Events for Undergraduates
The undergraduate committee is sponsoring a number of events this semester of interest to undergraduates. Wednesday, March 7th, we will be hosting back-to-back career events in SU 211. At 1pm Kate Nelson, campus recruiter for the Target Corporation, will be presenting on management opportunities with Target. At 2pm we will be hosting a panel of speakers discussing "Career Tracks for English Majors," including speakers from the areas of law, journalism, and politics. Thursday, April 12th 11am-3pm we will be holding an open house for English majors and minors in FDH 608. Faculty will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about summer and fall classes and department requirements. Refreshments will be served! For more information on any of these events please contact Anne Stevens or find us on Facebook.
—Prof. Anne Stevens
Prof. John Bowers honored with Distinguished Teaching Award
Congratulations to Prof. John Bowers, who has been awarded a UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011–2012!
Spring 2012 Course Descriptions
The UNLV English Department undergraduate and graduate course descriptions for Spring 2012 are now available online.
Congratulations New Alumnae!
Todd Huston, MA; Olivia Montgomery, MA; Jessica McCall, Ph.D.; Laura Breitenbeck, MFA and Laura Powell, Ph.D.
On May 14, 2011, during UNLV’s 49th May Commencement
ceremony, the English Department proudly awarded four new alumnae the
Master of Arts degree, four Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing,
and six PhDs in English. Congratulations to new alumnae Olivia
Montgomery (MA, English), Stephanie Taylor
(MA, English), John H. Todd (MA, English),
Stephen Weeks (MA, English), Laura
Breitenbeck (MFA, Creative Writing), Michael
Kroesche (MFA, Creative Writing), David C.
Perkins (MFA, Creative Writing), Chris Seelie
(MFA, Creative Writing), and to Dr. Juan Martinez,
Dr. Jessica McCall, Dr. Andrew
Nicholson, Dr. Alissa Nutting, Dr. Laura Powell,
and Dr. Karen Kel Roop (PhD, English)!