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Dr. Tony Baker

Dr. Tony Baker presented "Degrees of Adjunct: Developing Advocacy Plans for Hiring in Composition" at the annual conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators in Knoxville TN on July 20-23, 2017.

Dr. Helen Hunt

Dr. Helen Hunt has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for one month of research this summer at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Brian Willliams

Dr. Brian Williams presented “Writing the Other: Iraqi Representations and Grievability” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in San Diego, California, April 12-16, 2017.
 Dr. Sharon Henry Dr. Sharon Henry presented "War Talk: Justifying, Media/ting, and Militarizing Language" at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in San Diego, California, April 12-16, 2017.
 Drs. Josephine McQuail and Laura Cruz Dr. Josephine McQuail and Dr. Laura Cruz, Director of Tennessee Tech's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, took the students of their co-taught course, "Death and Dying in Victorian Literature," to Rugby, TN, for a four-day residency during Spring Break. The course's undergraduate and graduate students conducted archival research, completed a historical fiction project, and explored the historic Victorian village of Rugby. Pictured (from left) are English M.A. students Tyler McNew, Cody Matthews, and Olivia Jolley, with Dr. Cruz, conducting research in the Thomas Hughes Public Library, Rugby, TN. The Hughes Library, with 7,000 volumes, comprises one of the best representative collections of Victorian literature in the United States.
 Dr. Helen Hunt Dr. Helen Hunt presented “Freaks of Fancy: The Pleasures of Pain in Tabitha Gilman Tenney’s Female Quixotism” at The Society of Early Americanists Tenth Biennial Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 2-4, 2017.
 Dr. Paulina Bounds

Dr. Paulina Bounds presented “’Colloquium: Linguistic Planets of belief and the American South” at the DiVar 1 in Atlanta, GA, February 11-12 together with Dr. Jennifer Cramer and Dr. Susan Tamasi.



Dr. Kris Pickering

Dr. Kristin Pickering presented “’Proving Ourselves’ through Assessment Collaboration: AACSB, SACSCOC, and Academic Audits” at the Association for Business Communication Conference in Albuquerque, NM, October 19-22.
Dr. Kris Pickering Dr. Kristin Pickering presented “Encouraging Reflection in Professional Communication Courses: Individual and Team Identities.” at the Association for Business Communication Conference in Albuquerque, NM, October 19-22.
Dr. Kris Pickering Dr. Kristin Pickering continues to serve the Association for Business Communication as Regional Vice President for the Southeast.
Dr. Tony Baker and Kim Winkle Students in Dr. Tony Baker's fall 2016 Graphic Novel class and Professor Kimberly Winkle's Drawing II class received a Tennessee Tech URECA! TEAM Grant of $2,500. The grant--"Collab-O-Comix II: Cross-Disciplinary Cooperative Publication"--funded expenses associated with printing and publishing an collection of original, collaborative comics-format texts.

Dr. Tony Baker

Dr. Tony Baker has been chosen to serve as a Faculty Fellow with Tennessee Tech's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Faculty Fellows work on projects devised to improve instructional quality and student learning and provide individual consultations regarding faculty development. For more information, contact Tony or visit CTLE's website:

Dr. Ted Pelton

Dr. Ted Pelton will be serving as a Writer-in-Residence at Rivendell Writer's Colony from July 10-23.
Dr. Josephine McQuail Dr. Josephine McQuail, Professor of English and President of the Tennessee Tech chapter of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA), was elected to serve as Delegate for Tennessee for the Representative Assembly at the National Education Association (NEA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., July 2-7. Among the highlights at this year's RA was an address by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the awarding of the highest honor NEA bestows, the Friend of Education award, to Senator Lamar Alexander, for his work on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Contact McQuail for more info on or to join NEA/TEA.

Dr. Kris Pickering

Together with Donna Smith and Amy Jo Carpenter from the College of Business, Dr. Kristin Pickering presented “Developing ‘Brand Identities’ in Business Oral Communication Courses” at the joint Midwestern/Southeastern Association for Business Communication Conference in St. Louis, MO, April 21st-23rd.
Dr. Tony Baker Dr. Tony Baker has been selected as the winner of this year’s CAS Award for Innovative Teaching. Tony's name will be added to the plaque of winners’ names in the Dean’s office, and his achievement will be celebrated at the Tennessee Tech faculty award event on April 21, as well as with a $1000 cash prize. The selection was made by a committee of tenured faculty from throughout the College of Arts & Sciences.
Mr. Andrew Smith Andy Smith received the Distinguished Service Learning Award, awarded by Student Affairs and sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. The award recognizes one Tennessee Tech student and one Tennessee Tech faculty member who have best demonstrated exceptional service learning and service leadership through the university. Andy was recognized for his many service activities, including the creation of an "alternative spring break" program for students in Tree House Learning Village, which has facilitated increased awareness of homelessness in Cookeville as well as bringing student groups to historical sites in Alabama and Georgia that commemorate the struggle for Civil Rights, including for the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March.
Dr. Paulina Bounds Dr. Paulina Bounds presented a conference paper entitled "Linguatude: What is our perception gumbo made out of?" at the 84th South Eastern Conference On Linguistics in New Orleans.


The Upper Cumberland Writing Project (Dr. Tony Baker, director) received a $15,000 grant from the National Writing Project to support professional development activities for K-12 instructors in Upper Cumberland schools. This grant will finance a two-week institute in summer 2017, as well as half-day workshops and other activities during 2016-2017 designed to improve writing and writing instruction in the region.

Dr. Kris Pickering

Dr. Kristin Pickering presented "Oral and Written Business Communication Skills: Developing Assessment Genres to Meet Student, Faculty, and (Yes, Even) Workplace Needs" at the Modern Language Association Convention in Austin, TX.



Mr. Mark Creter

The Cookeville Arts Council awarded our theatre program a $2,500.00 grant. This grant will support our Spring production of Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca to be performed in the Dogwood Performance Pavilion in Dogwood Park in April 2016. Lorca’s Blood Wedding tells the story of two families in a semi-mythical rural Spain that are intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge. The death-bound love triangle at the center of the play fuels these passions to a fever pitch and propels the story to its unstoppable tragic conclusion. An arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners is about to take place. A past lover, himself in a loveless marriage, cannot allow the wedding to take place and spirits the Bride away, who goes with him willingly on her wedding night. An entire town goes after the lovers in the middle of the night where pursuers and pursued plunge into a realm of deep darkness where the moonlight is not friendly and the forest not shelter enough. Lorca's image-laden poetry unfolds the story with the fire and power characteristic of his work and the fateful resonance that marked his own tragically short life.“…a tragedy so beautiful…that you may leave the theater in tears because you're awed and so moved." — Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune.

Blake Festival Announcement

Oct. 27 and 28 2015 Dr. Josephine McQuail brought in the Blake Scholar, printer, and emeritus professor at York University, United Kingdom, Michael Phillips, to lecture on William Blake, and to demonstrate Blake’s printmaking methods. William Blake (1757-1827) was a poet and visual artist during the British Romantic period. Michael Phillips did a printing demonstration at the home studio of Professor Perry Johnson (TTU Art Dept.) and students majoring in English, Art, and many other disciplines attended and printed replicas of Blake poems from copper plates designed and produced after William Blake’s originals by Michael Phillips. Sponsored by Center Stage and the Tennessee Tech English Dept., Dr. Phillips also gave several lectures to individual classes and at a dead hour event. A lecture in Wattenbarger Auditorium during which Dr. Phillips presented slides of Blake’s works and other historical background, followed by a reception, was the crowning feature of the two day Blake Festival. Michael Phillips’ appearance also celebrated the purchase of Blake’s cottage at Felpham, one of only two surviving residences where William Blake lived in England, purchased on August 2015 by the Cottage Trust (on which Dr. Phillips serves as a Trustee), an outgrowth of the Blake Society, on which Dr. McQuail serves as a Trustee.
Dr. Kris Pickering Dr. Kristin Pickering has been elected Southeast Regional Vice President of the Association for Business Communication, an international organization focusing on the research, teaching, and practice of Business Communication. She began her four-year term following the annual conference in Seattle, WA, where she also presented “Developing ‘Crystallized Selves’”: Identity Construction and Business Communication Internships.”She now serves on the ABC Board of Directors.

"The Argument Box"

Dr. Tony Baker presented "The Argument Box," a professional development workshop for teachers on Saturday, September 19, at Tennessee Tech. Sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Writing Project, this hands-on workshop was designed to help teachers of all subject areas and all grade levels consider alternative, high-interest formats to the standard academic essay.



Under Dr. Tony Baker’s direction, the Upper Cumberland Writing Project was awarded $10,000 of federal funds in August for the second half of a two-year federal grant from the National Writing Project and the U.S. Department of Education. Grant funds will be used to support writing professional development workshops for teachers and the 2016 Invitational Summer Institute. The UCWP is a professional development program designed to improve writing and writing instruction in Upper Cumberland schools, across all grade levels and subject areas.
Dr. Pelton Announcement Board Dr. Ted Pelton presented "Bartleby the Scrivener, Bartleby the Sportscaster" as part of the Year of Herman Melville at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC, August 14, 2015.
Dr. Josephine McQuail Dr. Josie McQuail had a juried article. “ ‘How can Life be still?’ : Teaching Janet Frame’s A State of Siege and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse." Published in the journal Antipodes.
She also delivered a paper entitled “Free Speech in Shared Governance Matters” at the AAUP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and attended meetings in her role as Secretary to the national Assembly of State Conferences at the AAUP Convention in June.

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Dr. Josephine McQuail was elected as the Tennessee Higher Education delegate to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Education Association.
Mr. Bill Fisk Bill Fisk's course, WEBD 3500, Rhetoric and the Internet, has been approved for the Regents Online Campus Collaborative course management system. Bill joins Dr. Linda Null and Dr. Kristin Pickering as Tech English faculty who have designed an online course for the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

Mr. Mark Creter

Professor Mark Creter was selected winner of the 2015 College of Arts & Sciences Award for Research and Creative Activity. Mark received this award for his work directing productions of Shakespeare's Richard III for Shakespeare on the Square in Knoxville and for Shakespeare in the Park in Dogwood Park in Cookeville. But as we all know, Mark's creative artistry is part of the life of the Tennessee Tech campus, and something that enriches all of our lives here, not only entertaining audiences but helping students, community members, and even faculty participants in his productions find artistic expression.
Mr. Andrew Smith Andy Smith was recently named a 2014-2015 Outstanding Diversity Advocate by the Tennessee Tech Commission on the Status of Blacks.
Aestheticism and Decadence in the Age of Modernism conference Professor Josephine McQuail, faculty member in Tennessee Tech's Department of English, delivered a paper entitled "Words Beneath Words: Wilde & Joyce & Language" at the Aestheticism and Decadence in the Age of Modernism conference at the University of London's Senate House on 18 April 2015 in the United Kingdom. Professor McQuail is currently on sabbatical from Tennessee Tech and is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of English Studies in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.
Dr. Ted Pelton Dr. Ted Pelton, Professor and Department Chair, read from his fiction at two off-site events at the Associated Writing Programs conference in Minneapolis in April, for the magazine Elm Leaves Journal and in the annual "Festival of Language."

Dr. Josephine McQuaill

Dr. Josephine McQuail, Professor of English, was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study in the University of London from Jan. to May. She is on sabbatical in London researching William Blake and James Joyce. She delivered a paper, for the Richard III: History, Transformations, Afterlives conference on Times Deceased: William Blake’s History Plays at De Montfort University; the conference coincided with the reinterment of the remains of Richard III in Leicester, U.K.
Mr. Bill Fisk Bill Fisk, Instructor in English, and who teaches full-time in the Professional Communications concentration, conducted a workshop in March 2015 at the annual Innovative Educators Conference. Held each year at APSU, Bill’s workshop was titled, “Information Design: the Ugly, the Bad, and the Good.”
Seattle Space Needle Dr. Brian Williams presented at the 2015 American Comparative Literature Association in Seattle. His paper was entitled “The Painful Lives of Army Wives: Re-Gendered Trauma Tropes in You Know When the Men Are Gone.”
Drs. Tony Baker and Paulina Bounds Dr. Paulina Bounds and Dr. Tony Baker presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa in March. Paulina's presentation title: "The Assessment Design Feedback Loop: A Collaborative, Multimodal Approach." Tony's presentation title: "Risking Complicity: Local Labor Conditions and a Writing Program Administrator's Problem-Framing Heuristic."

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