Fall 2013 Newsletter

English at RIC

Department of English, Rhode Island College, Craig Lee 264
(401) 456-8028; dscott@ric.edu; aaywas@ric.edu


Important Dates

October 07: Advising for Spring 2014 Begins

October 14: Columbus Day

October 21: 202 and 460 Pre-Registration

October 28: Registration Begins

November 01: Last Day to Withdraw without Permission

November 11: Veterans' Day

November 15: Secondary Ed Majors’ Portfolios Due

November 28: Thanksgiving

December 16 – 23: Exam Week

Focus on Composition and Rhetoric

Composition and Rhetoric is a subfield of English that investigates both writing and the teaching of writing. When we're not teaching writing, the "comp folks” inquire into the role that writing plays in classrooms, businesses, non-profit organizations, and online communities. We try to understand how writing helps people get things done in the world--both in and out of school. We also run first-year writing programs, writing-across the curriculum initiatives, writing projects for K-16 teachers, and writing centers. We partner with members of local communities, and we collaborate with college faculty to help them learn how to teach writing effectively

Some courses for Spring 2014:
ENGL 378: Studies in Composition – In this course, students will explore the developments and achievements of the writing process movement and consider the implications of this movement for their own writing practice. In other words, we will both learn about writing by reading some of the early research of the writing process movement and we will practice our own writing, applying what we are learning.

ENGL 520: Topics in Composition Theory, Rhetoric, and Language Study – Why does RIC’s English department offer courses—like this one—in Rhetoric and  Composition?  Composition programs traditionally have called English departments “home,” and yet the two disciplines have had an uneasy relationship for well over a century.  We’ll examine the historic roots of that relationship and its modern incarnation, including the uncoupling, or “divorce,” of the two disciplines at some institutions.  Students who plan to teach, edit, write, or continue on with their graduate work will find this course valuable.

Refining Our Image: Logo Contest

Calling all Designers!  The Student Outreach Committee is looking for an innovative logo design to represent the English Department. In addition to helping the department reach more students and rethink its image, the winning student will earn a $50 cash prize.  The design must incorporate one of the RIC logos (the traditional flame or “Reach, Inspire, Connect”) and must be received by the committee by November 1. Please contact Zubeda Jalalzai, if you have any questions.


Essays, Honors, and Achievements: Faculty News

SUE ABBOTSON’s  essay “Miller’s Debt to Thornton Wilder—To The American Clock by The Skin of Our Teeth” appears in Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives .  Also, a chapter on The Crucible is in A Student Handbook to the Plays of Arthur Miller.

PAM BENSON has been offered a one month (January 15 – February  14, 2014) Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London.

VINCE BOHLINGER received a Short-Term Grant from the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in order to live in Washington, D.C. for a month and do research at the Library of Congress.  His article “The Development of Sound Technology in the Soviet Film Industry during the First Five-Year Plan” was just published in Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, and he’s been recently named an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

JENNIFER COOK will be presenting a paper at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference in Boston in November 2013. Also, has been named to the Board of the Story in the Public Square program.

ANITA DUNEER’s article “Jack London’s Seafaring Women: Desire, Risk, and Savagery,” forthcoming in Studies in American Naturalism 8.2 (Winter 2013).

Writing Center: Supporting Many Kinds of Writing

The Rhode Island College Writing Center, staffed by 16 peer-tutors, is available to assist students with many types of writing.  These services are free, and the tutors can help students to:  explore ideas, draft research papers, analyze and/or critique sources, understand MLA, APA, or Chicago documentation formats, organize essays, proofread, assess audience, clarify assignments, practice a speech, and check for grammar issues.  Hours of operation are:  Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-4:00 p.m., by appointment at the RIC library.  Please call 456-8141 or drop by the Center in CL 225 to set an appointment.

Alumni News

Megan Almeida (Sec Ed English 2013) is an English teacher at North Providence High School.

Julie Bowman, who got her MA in our dept., is finishing her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon and is on the job market. Her dissertation is on Shakespeare and other dramatists of the period.

Lucy Fandino is an English/ELL teacher at Jorge Alvarez High School in Providence. (Sec Ed English 2013)

Emmanuel Ramos is an English teacher at Highlander Charter School in Providence. (Sec Ed English 2013) Emmanuel also completed the Rhode Island Writing Project's Summer Institute on Teaching Writing this summer and is now a Fellow and Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project.

Brittany Richer is an English language arts teacher at Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, RI. (Sec Ed Engl 2013)


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