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Archive for May, 2010

Kris Blair receives the Charles Moran Award

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 24, 2010

At the annual meeting of the national Computers and Writing Conference last week, Department Chair Dr. Kris Blair was honored with the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field. Each year, this award is presented by the print journal Computers and Composition to recognize exemplary scholarship and professional service to the field of computers and writing. In presenting the award, editors Cynthia Selfe and Gail Hawaisher emphasized Kris Blair’s distinguished record of publication and professional mentoring as well as her editorship of the web-based journal Computers and Composition Online

Congratulations, Kris, on a justly-deserved award!


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Sign-up for Mid-American Review Online Fiction Workshop

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 24, 2010

There are still a few spots left for the summer session of the Mid-American Review Online Fiction Workshop. The workshop begins a week from today, May 31, and runs 9 weeks. The class includes an intimate online setting–the class is capped at 9 students–where each participant will have the chance to workshop 3 pieces, and join in a thriving online literary community. In addition, a bevy of topics are discussed through blog postings, topics such as how to get your work published, writing strategies, MFA programs, and writing exercises. The workshops have met with tremendous success in the past, and this is a limited opportunity, one that’s about to expire.

For more information on the Online Fiction Workshop, contact MAR Editor and workshop leader Michael Czyzniejewski ASAP at

Thanks! We hope you’re all having a great summer!

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Rhetoric & Writing Program Celebrates May Defenses

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 18, 2010

Erin Dietel-McLaughlin successfully defended her dissertation, Remediating Democracy: YouTube and the Vernacular Rhetoric(s) of Web 2.0, May 3, 2010.

Committee:  Kristine Blair (Advisor), Louisa Ha (Graduate Faculty Representative), Michael Butterworth, Lee Nickoson.

Congratulations Dr. Dietel-McLaughlin!

Stephanie Anderson successfully defended her dissertation, Preparing Doctoral Students in Rhetoric and Composition for Faculty Careers that Contribute to the Public Good, Tuesday, May 4, 2010.

Committee:  Richard Gebhardt (Advisor),  Paul Johnson (Graduate Faculty Representative), Bruce Edwards, Lance Massey.

Congratulations Dr. Anderson!

Brittany Cottrill successfully defended her dissertation,  Transitioning to Eportfolios in a First-Year Writing Program, Friday, May 7, 2010.

Committee:  Kristine Blair (Advisor),  Paul Cesarini (Graduate Faculty Representative), Richard Gebhardt, Lee Nickoson.

Congratulations Dr. Cottrill!

Jeremy Schnieder successfully defended his dissertation, Placing One Program’s Assessment and Its Effects on a Novice Teacher, Friday, May 7, 2010.

Committee:  Kristine Blair (Advisor), Alan Atalah (Graduate Faculty Representative), Lee Nickoson, Lance Massey.

Congratulations Dr. Schnieder!

Ruijie Zhao successfully defended her dissertation, Weaving Web 2.0 And the Writing Process with Feminist Pedagogy, Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

Committee:  Kristine Blair (Advisor), Lena Ballone Duran (Graduate Faculty Representative), Lee Nickoson, Richard Gebhardt.

Congratulations Dr. Zhao!

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Alumni Centennial Reflections

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 3, 2010

In honor of the Department’s Centennial celebrations, here are the first in an ongoing series of reflections by alumni of our various undergraduate and graduate programs.

Holly Grimm, B.S. (2009):

I’m am grateful for everything the Scientific and Technical Communications program taught me during my time at BGSU. As a biology major, S&TC provided an outlet to explore and improve my writing skills. The S&TC undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs have provided me with valuable professional skills that make me, as both a technical writer and biologist, more marketable.

Sean DeLauder, B.A. (2009):

My second stint in the BGSU English Department followed graduation with a BFA in Creative Writing a few years earlier. My decision to join the S&TC program was purely pragmatic, but it only took a few weeks to realize it was an amazing choice and made me disappointed in the fact that technical writing was not part of my original program, since creative writing and technical writing, to me, were two important chapters in the same book. Where creative writing allowed me to explore and invent, technical writing helped me organize and structure, as well as use my creative strengths to develop a powerful portfolio that I felt capable of not just earning the notice of employers, but sweeping across the Russian steppes in a wave of merciless conquest. I enjoyed both programs, particularly the fact that each made an effort to build useful job searching strategies and skills into the classwork, from drafting resumes and cover letters, to constructing portfolios (as noted above) of the work I was doing to present to potential employers. Looking back to see where this training has brought me (a great job working from home where all my computing and communication needs are provided by my employer) I don’t think I would have changed much about the path I took–aside from pulling the laces tighter on the years spent between writing programs.

Corinne (Staggs) Tagliarina, BA (2008) Attending the University of Connecticut:

The English Department has so many wonderful faculty members, but four professors in particular made my educational experience extraordinary. First, Bill Albertini was always in good humor and made some of the most unusual things interesting to me. He made me find academic value in a zombie movie and taught me that while many interpretations can be valid, some can still be just wrong (it’s not about a bicycle). Jolie Sheffer was very tough and got me to dig deep in my writing and not be happy with the first attempt. She also introduced me to subjects about which I knew nothing and now about which I care passionately. Piya Lapinski introduced me to opera, vampires before they were cool, and always encouraged me to think outside the box and I wrote some of my most create papers for her class, a few of which I can still stand to read! Finally, Erin Labbie was one of the most influential people in my life during college. She helped me understand the craziest ideas and theories; she pushed me to be my best, even when I wanted to give up. She is still a role model and a friend.

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