English faculty members have been very successful in applying for and making productive use of professional development opportunities provided by the College. In just this academic year and next that involves twelve English faculty members—so far. We appreciate this funding and plan to continue using it well.
Dr. David Rice and Dr. Kenneth Krauss have had one-semester sabbaticals this year. Rice worked on an article dealing with John Edgar Wideman’s memoir about his brother’s impri- sonment and a larger book-length project on twentieth-century American prison memoir. Krauss is completing a book, Male Beauty: An Iconography of Postwar American Masculinity. Prof. Daniel Nester and Dr. May Chan are will have full-year sabbaticals in 2011-2012. Nester will work in a public Memoir Office on a book-length project investigating memoir and the craft of writing. Chan will work on a book on Victorian English travelers in China.
Reassigned Time Grants
Dr. Kathryn Laity and Dr. Hollis Seamon each had reassigned time equivalent to teaching one course in 2010-2012. Dr. Laity worked on a collection of essays discussing films, tentatively titled, Bold Warriors and Gentle Knights: Masculinities and Medieval Film. Dr. Seamon is revising a novel, working title “Somebody Up There HATES You.” that is an expansion of her story “SUTHY Syndrome,” originally published in The Bellevue Literary Review. Dr. Barbara Ungar and Dr. Megan Fulwiler have reassigned time grants in 2011-2012 to support their Scholar and Artists Grants projects described below.
Scholars and Artists Grants for 2011-2012
Scholars and Artists grants provide substantial funds for professional projects. Dr. Ungar will write a group of poems as part of her manuscript-in-progress, tentatively entitled Mermaid Spell and undertake a reading tour for this new work and Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, published in 2010. Dr. Fulwiler’s grant will allow her to continue work on the production of a documentary film on how issues of labor influence teaching. The film, which she began during a sabbatical in spring 2010, will feature interviews with adjunct/contingent writing instructors from across the nation, Writing Program Administrators, tenure-track faculty, college administrators, and national labor activists. Dr.Ronald Shavers plans to use the funds received from his grant to help defray the cost of attending the Vermont Studio Center for one month while working on a novel-in-progress entitled, The Codeswitchers. Dr. David Rice plans to build upon Wideman’s critique of prison memoirs as sympathetic first-person “neoslave narratives” and examine how this concept might apply to Mikal Gilmore’s memoir, Shot in the Heart and also present his findings to the American Studies Association.
Professional Development Grants
With a Professional Development mini-grant, Dr. Fulwiler attended a workshop on an editing software system for her documentary film (described above). Dr.Kim Middleton’s mini-grant helped to defray expenses for presenting “The Cylons Didn’t Ask What you Wanted: Battlestar Galactica and the Anxiety of Human Obsolescence,” in July at Oxford .
Crest Residential Fellowships
CREST Residential Fellowships provided both time and funding for Dr. Eurie Dahn and Dr. Vaneeta Palecanda this year. Dahn is writing a journal article on a particular discourse of social change, in terms of race relations, as it emerges from Harlem Renaissance literature and American sociology during the 1920s and presenting her findings at the American Studies Association Conference and the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Palecanda’s project entitled “Free Market Policies and Suicides in India: Research for the Novel, ‘The Hangman’” relates to her research in India for her novel-in-progress about a little known place, Kodagu, and people affected by globalization in Southern India.