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Faculty Accomplishments Page

Dr. James Brubaker

Published a short story for Booth #8, "Why We Built a Teleportation Machine and Why it Was a Bad Idea: Marcus Landers' Oral History About the Invention of the World's First Matter Transference Device."

Published a story in The Collagist entitled “An Excerpt from the Post-Comet Database, Volume 1: ‘David Newell’s Supplemental Logs.’” Read it here.

Published a story, "WX-488 and the New Synthetic Evolution," which will appear in in Gigantic Worlds, "A collection of 51 Science Flash Fiction Stories of Orgasmic Planets, Robot Rebellions, and Futures Both Likely and Unlikely," published by Gigantic Books.

Dr. Robert Hamblin

published the following :
“Brooklyn Boy in Mississippi.” The Fickle Grey Beast (online journal), 2014.
Dogwood Winter and Other Seasons [poems]. Rockville Centre, NY: Ars Omnia Press, 2014.
“Faulkner and Hollywood: A Call for Reassessment.” In Faulkner and Film, ed. Peter Lurie and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014. 3-25.
“Myself and the World”: A Biography of William Faulkner. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2015.

Presented “William Faulkner and Evans Harrington: A Study in Influence” to the Mississippi Philological Association, Mississippi State University, 2014.

Dr. Jon Hayes

Presented his paper, “Empire and the Americas: Teaching Literature at the Transnational Turn,” at the Midwest MLA conference in November 2015. He presented as part of the panel on Multicultural Literature in the Classroom: Politics and Pedagogy.

Dr. Susan Kendrick

Attended the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences Seminar for Department Chairs in Alexandria, VA, February 19-21, 2015.

Dr. Missy Nieveen Phegley

Published “Never and Forever Just Keep Coming Back Again: Class, Access, and Student Writing Performance” in the collection Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class, edited by William H. Thelin and Genesea M. Carter, Utah State University Press, 2016.

Her story "Chicks Dig Scars" was published in the Cave Region Review: A Journal of Literary and Visual Art.

Dr. Eric Sentell

Presented, with Stewart Whittemore and Julia Romberger , “Memory and Innovation in Context: Resuscitating the Canon of Memoria” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 19, 2015.

published the following:
“The Best Practices of Memorable Data Visualization” in Media Commons, Spring 2014
“The Only Student I Still Remember” in The Bookends Review, Forthcoming 2015
“Everything Was Perfect” in B O D Y, Forthcoming 2015
“Survivor’s Warning” in The Flyover Country Review, December 2014
“Homecoming” in The Penmen Review, October 2014
“The Choice” in Shout Out UK, August 2014
“The Shot” in Shout Out UK, June 2014
“The Story of an Hour (After Kate Chopín)” in Long Story Short, April 2014

Had his publication, entitled "Making Memories: Writing and Designing More Memorable Documents" featured in Technical Communication this past May (2016).

Dr. Susan Swartwout

Poetry book, Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit, published in October 2015 by Brick Mantel Books in Bloomington, IN, was featured at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 30. Dr. Swartwout was invited to take part in the poetry panel, give a reading of her work, and the book is part of the Louisiana authors display wall in the State Library. She was also invited to read at The Focal Point in St. Louis with St. Louis poet laureate Michael Castro and Sally Van Doren.

Edited Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 4, published in partnership with Missouri Humanities Council on November 11, 2015. The book's release was celebrated by a veterans' public reading at the St. Louis Public Library–Central on December 19, 2015.

Is featured in this interview with Deep South Magazine. The interview features the poem “Louisiana Ladies’ Watermelon Tea – 1890” from Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit.

Dr. Debrah Raschke

Article, “Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy: Postmodernism, Apocalypse, and Rapture,” has been accepted for publication in Studies in Canadian Literature / Etudes en Littérature Canadienne. This article was written prior to any published criticism, and it will be among the first to emerge on Atwood’s apocalyptic trilogy. Dr. Raschke’s article “Can Xue’s ‘Hut on the Mountain’: Ghosts of China’s Cultural Revolution” has been accepted for publication in Short Story. It will appear in the upcoming issue 21.1 (May 2015).

Dr. Debrah Raschke has been named the 2017 winner of the Provost's Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award. This award is the highest honor that the University can bestow on a faculty member.

Dr. Christopher Rieger

Published the article “Outside the Garden: Nature in The Sound and the Fury” in the collection Critical Insights: The Sound and the Fury. Ed. Taylor Haygood. Salem Press, 2014.

In April 2015, Dr. Rieger also presented a paper, “Between Two Worlds: Native American Birdman Mythology and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!” at the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference in Athens, GA.

Was on a radio show last month with National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward to talk about Faulkner. The show was on Minnesota Public Radio, MPR News with Kerri Miller. Listen to the podcast.

Dr. Irina Ustinova

Received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award on April 14, 2015.

Jane O. Wayne and Mallory Bochantin

Their poems that were published in The Cape Rock have gotten second place and third place awards in the St Louis Poetry Center's Stanley Hanks Poetry Competition. Both the poet and the nominating journal get prize money, and the poems will be reprinted in a chapbook, citing The Cape Rock as original source. The poets will read their work at the Poetry Concert on May 15 at The Focal Point in St. Louis.


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