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2017: Alumni News

Dan Barlow is continuing as an assistant professor of English at Saddleback College in California. He won the James Phelan Prize for Best Essay in the journal Narrative.

Kerry Banazek is now an assistant professor of English at New Mexico State University.

Sam Hamilton is now an assistant professor at Bridgewater College (VA).

Matt Kelly is an assistant professor of Digital Rhetoric and Online Writing in the Department of Literature and Languages at the University of Texas – Tyler.

Tara Propper is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature and Languages at the University of Texas – Tyler. (She turned down a position at SUNY Plattsburgh.) 

Pamela VanHaitsma, one of our PhDs previously at Old Dominion University, is taking a position as assistant professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State and associate director of the Center for Humanities and Information. Her book, Queering Rhetorical Education: Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age, is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press

Danielle Koupf  has also changed jobs: she is now an assistant teaching professor, Writing Program, Wake Forest University.

2016: Alumni News - Where Are They Now?

Justin Sevenker, who successfully defended his dissertation, “Old English Composition: Literacy and the History of English in the United States,” in early August 2016, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at Lorain County Community College to teach a wide variety of courses, starting with developmental writing and composition and eventually expanding to literature, technical writing, ESL, and others in the Arts and Humanities division. His position in the future will open up to afford him administrative opportunities as well. He is also working on a contribution to the MLA's Options for Teaching volume on Teaching the History of the English Language.

Erin Anderson, a graduate of the PhD program in 2014, has returned to Pitt as an Assistant Professor in Writing for the Writing Program to develop and teach coursework in digital story-telling. She moves into this position after a two-year stint as Associate Professor of English and Co-Director for the Professional and New Media Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her recent project Our Time is Up, the story of Jake and Helen McCleary assembled from audio fragments from oral historical recordings, recently won the Sarah Lawrence College International Fiction Award for 2016. 

Pamela VanHaitsma, Assistant Professor of English at Old Dominion University who got her PhD from Pitt in 2014, won the 2015 Charles Kneupper Award from the Rhetoric Society of America for her article in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, "Queering the Language of the Heart: Romantic Letters, Genre Instruction, and Rhetorical Practice.” The award is given by the Editorial Board and current editor of RSQ in recognition of an outstanding contribution to scholarship in rhetoric. She was recognized and received her awards at the RSA Conference in the summer of 2016.

Steph Ceraso won the 2015 Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article in College English for her 2014 article, “(Re)Educating the Senses: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences.” Awarded to an outstanding article in the past volume year of the journal that makes a significant contribution to the field of English studies.  Steph has accepted a new position at UVa for the fall—and has recently been interviewed for the podcast, Rhetoricity.

Current Graduate Student Accomplishments

Carrie Hall and Lauren Hall were co-recipients of the Graduate Writing Award in Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric in the spring of 2016, selected by judges Annette Vee, Steve Carr, and Ryan McDermott. Carrie and Lauren were recognized and shared from their work at the awards' event on April 27, 2016, also featuring guest speaker Paul Kameen, Professor of English.

Kerry Banazek recently received the Kairos Award for Teaching for Graduate Students and Adjuncts, a national award that recognizes excellence in teaching and innovative use of computers and writing pedagogies. Kerry was recognized and formally given the award at the 2016 Computers and Writing Conference. 

2015: Here are the graduate students who completed their dissertations this academic year:
  • Trisha Campbell defended her dissertation, "Public History and Social Archives: Toward a New Materialist Rhetoric of Murder," in June. In the fall, she will be Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Salisbury University. 
  • Jessica Isaac defended her dissertation on June 3. The title of her dissertation is "Compliant Circulation: Children's Writing, American Periodicals, and Public Culture, 1839-1882." Jessica is now the Program and Curriculum Director at Books@Work
  • Peter Wayne Moe defended his dissertation, "Toward a Rhetoric of Syntactic Delivery," on June 18.  In the fall, he will be Assistant Professor of English and Director of Campus Writing at Seattle Pacific University.  
2014: Congratulations to these graduate students who defended their dissertations and are now moving on to their new positions:
  • Nathaniel Heggins Bryant defended his dissertation on May 19. The title of his dissertation is "Working in the Belly of the Beast: The Productive Intellectual Labor of US Prison Writers, 1929-2007." Nathaniel is now a VAP in English (Composition) at Lycoming College.
  • Danielle Koupf defended her dissertation on May 16. The title of her dissertation is "Invention through Textual Reuse: Toward Pedagogies of Critical-Creative Tinkering." Danielle is now an Assistant Professor at Wichita State University.
  • Erin Anderson defended her dissertation on May 15. The title of her dissertation is "The Material Poetics of Digital Voice: A Creative-Critical Inquiry." Erin is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts - Boston.
  • Pamela VanHaitsma defended her dissertation on May 9. The title of her dissertation is “Teaching and Learning 'the language of the heart': Rhetorical Education for Romantic Engagement." Pamela is now an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. (May 2014)

Lauren Hall was one of the seven winners this year of the A&S GSO Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Awards. The award celebrates the outstanding work of graduate student teachers over the past year and honors former A&S Dean Elizabeth Baranger's commitment to teaching. Congratulations, Lauren! (May 2014)

Peter Moe won the Lillian B. Lawler Predoctoral Fellowship, and Jessica Isaac is an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellow. (March 2014)

David Bartholomae has been named the 2013 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He received the honor at an awards luncheon and congressional ceremony in Washington, D.C. Read More > (Nov. 2013)

Graduate student Jessica Isaac’s essay "Youthful Enterprises:  Amateur Newspapers and the Pre-History of Adolescence, 1867-1883" was designated for Honorable Mention for the 2012 PROQUEST/RSAP Article Prize.  (RSAP is the Research Society for American Periodicals.) Jessica receives a cash prize and will participate in a roundtable discussion with the other winners at the American Literature Association conference. (Jan. 2013)