Spring 2014 Course Descriptions
The UNLV English Department undergraduate and graduate course descriptions for Spring 2014 are now available online.
Applications for admission to the English Department’s graduate programs are submitted through the UNLV Graduate College. Official GRE results should be sent to the English department (institution code: 4861; applicants should not enter a department code).
Check here for upcoming visiting speakers, details on semester deadlines, and other news of interest to our department.
The UNLV English Department undergraduate and graduate course descriptions for Spring 2014 are now available online.
The English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, offers a variety of scholarships and academic awards valued at up to $5,000 each. If you’re not yet a member of the honor society, think about joining!
Application Deadline: November 11
Application Deadline: November 4
Individual Awards are offered for leadership and personal websites or blogs. Chapter Awards include: outstanding chapters, Sponsors, literary arts journals, and blogs or websites. Chapters may also apply for Project Grants of up to $500.
For more information: Contact the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at UNLV (Epsilon Rho chapter).
Congratulations to UNLV alumna Alissa Nutting (PhD, 2011) on the publication of her novel, Tampa (New York: Ecco/HarperCollins). This is her debut novel, following the publication of her acclaimed short fiction collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc Books, 2010).
Alissa Nutting was born in rural Michigan. She received an MFA degree from the University of Alabama and completed her PhD in Creative Writing with the UNLV English Department in 2011. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, BOMB, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence, the New York Times, and other venues. She is now an assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at John Carroll University.
The UNLV English Department is happy to introduce six new professors joining the department faculty in the Fall 2013 semester: Assistant Professors John Hay and Julia Lee, and four new faculty-in-residence: professors Amy Green, Scott Hollifield, Heather Lusty, and Andy Nicholson.
Dr. John A. Hay specializes in nineteenth-century American literature; his scholarly interests also include the history of ideas, the history of science, literary realism, and narratology. His current book-in-progress, The Postapocalyptic American Frontier: Uncanny Historicism in the Nineteenth Century, examines how American writers traveling west located the nation’s position in history.
Dr. Julia Lee specializes in African-American literature and transatlantic studies. Her book, The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel, was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press; her current project is on racial representations in the comedy series,
Dr. Amy M. Green received her Ph.D in Literature from UNLV in 2009. She specialized in Shakespeare and 19th Century American Literature. Today, her work has evolved and she focuses on popular culture studies, especially with regards to literature, film, and video game analyses. She is especially interested in the expanding presence of video games as a compelling source of narrative, one that is necessarily participatory by nature.
Dr. Scott Hollifield was born in Detroit and resides in Las Vegas. His doctoral work was on the presence of Chaucer in Shakespeare’s narrative poems and plays; he has published articles on World Literature and film, worked on an instructor’s guide to accompany The Norton Anthology of World Literature (3e), and is developing the Shakespeare and Film Theory volume of a forthcoming series from the Arden Shakespeare.
Dr. Heather Lusty specializes in twentieth century literature, modernism, and postcolonialism. She has written on architecture and cultural nostalgia, WWI and trauma, and constructions of national identity. Her other interests include British empire literature and culture, cultural collecting and practices, contemporary international antiquity issues (repatriation), science fiction, and chaos theory. Her edited collection examining areas of congruence in James Joyce and D. H. Lawrence is forthcoming through the University Press of Florida’s Joyce Series.
Dr. Andrew Nicholson’s poems have appeared in magazines and journals including Colorado Review, Eleven Elevent, and Spinning Jenny. In the summer of 2013, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Palazzo Rinaldi in Noepoli, Italy. He is currently working on translations of the French poet, Pierre Reverdy.
Welcome to the Department, Professors Hay, Lee, Green, Hollifield, Lusty and Nicholson.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 specialization.
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.
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.
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 awards!
Professors P. Jane Hafen and John Unrue, with Associate Dean Christopher Heavey
The UNLV English Department undergraduate and graduate course descriptions for Fall 2012 are now available online.
The Modernist 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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Prof. John Bowers, who has been awarded a UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011–2012!
The UNLV English Department undergraduate and graduate course descriptions for Spring 2012 are now available online.
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)!