English and Journalism

2010-2011 Faculty News

  • Congratulations to Bradley Dilger and Neil Baird! Their URC grant proposal will be funded next year. The project is entitled "Transfer @ Transfer: Ease, Negotiation and Writing in the Major."
  • Mohammad Siddiqi has won the CAS Excellence in Multicultural Teaching Award. Congratulations Mohammad!
  • Journalism instructor and Director of Student Publications at WIU Rich Moreno newest book is out now, Illinois Curiosities. The 304-page book highlights more than 175 of the state’s most unusual places, ranging from the world’s largest laundromat (in Berwyn) to a tree that some believe resembles Jesus holding a lamb (the so-called “Jesus Tree” in Quincy). Moreno’s book asks questions like, “What was the cause of more than 200 fires that afflicted one house (without electricity) 12 miles south of Macomb in just one week in 1948?”
  • Shazia Rahman’s article “Land, Water, and Food: Eco-cosmopolitan Feminist Praxis in Sabiha Sumar’s Khamosh Pani” was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. Soon afterwards, her article “Karachi, Turtles, and the Materiality of Place: Pakistani Eco-cosmopolitanism in Uzma Aslam Khan’s Trespassing” was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.
  • Everett Hamner received a summer research stipend, 2011.
  • Timothy Helwig received a faculty summer stipend award
  • Christine Iwanicki: Presented "Working on the Border in the Writing Classroom" at the Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, and presented "The Cartography of Technology in the Classroom: Mapping New Destinations through Border Pedagogy," at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference (RMMLA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Amy Patrick Mossman: Researched and wrote ASLE's (Assoc. for the Study of Literature and Environment) proposal for the organization's Executive Council to make the organization and its biennial conferences more sustainable: "A More Sustainable ASLE: Goals and Objectives," and received a summer stipend for 2011 to work on "Incorporating Sustainability across the Curriculum: Development of Educator Training Workshops for WIU and the West-Central Illinois Region."
  • Bonnie Sonnek: Re-elected Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) Western Region representative, and Coordinated travel and attendance (12 English Ed. students) to the IATE Conference in Rockford, IL on October 22-23(and then fell ill). Four students presented at the conference, and another English Education Coordinator brought two of her students and said we were her inspiration. Students networked with public school teachers and attended session and keynote speakers.
  • Oct 13: Roberta Di Carmine, Associate Professor in English and Journalism, is one of six faculty members named as the 2010 Provost's Award of Excellence Winners. Dr. Di Carmine will receive the Provost's Award for Internationalizing the Campus. Recipients will be recognized for their achievements at a 3:30 p.m. reception Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the University Union Lamoine Room.
  • Oct 1: Dr. Mark Mossman has been selected as chair of the department of English & Journalism. Congratulations Mark!
  • Sept 15: Professor Amy Patrick Mossman will present "Sustainability Across the Curriculum from Brainstorm to Action: Realizing Our Education and Outreach Goals" during the Sustainability Brownbag Series from 12:30-1:30pm, Malpass Library, 3rd Floor West.
  • Sept. 7-8: Professor Knight will deliver the 8th annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture at the Macomb campus Sept. 7 and the Moline campus Sept. 8: “I Read the News Today: Oh, Boy -- Journalism, Empathy & the Liberal Arts.”
  • July 22: Roberta Di Carmine delivered a paper at the "Fifth International Conference on the Arts in Society," at the University of Sydney, Australia, July 22-25, 2010. The title of her paper is: "History and Italian Colonial Cinema (1920s-1940s)." At the conference, she was interviewed by Stefano Campolo for SBS, Australia’s Multicultural and Multilingual Broadcaster.
  • June: Roberta Di Carmine signed a contract with Blackwell Publishing for a chapter to appear in the upcoming book, "A Companion to Film Comedy," edited by Joanna Rapf and Andrew Horton. She also published an article, “Matteo Garrone: A New Voice in Italian Cinema,” in "Wide Screen." (n. 2)
  • June 11: Congratulations to Bill Knight, selected as the 2010 Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecturer.
  • May 25-30: Mark Mossman reviewed paper proposals for the upcoming annual conference of the Association of Higher Education to be held in Indianapolis, IN in November.
  • May 8: Four E&J professors will soon earn tenure and/or promotion: Roberta DiCarmine (tenure & promotion to Associate Professor), Mark Mossman (promotion to Professor), Amy Patrick (promotion to Associate Professor), and Erika Wurth (promotion to Associate Professor).