Recent News

The Expository Writing Program and Critical Classrooms is hosting an upcoming Teacher Talk. Please join Francesca Colonnese & other instructors for a community discussion on the spate of Covid-19 positive cases in the composition classroom and the anxieties that we all experience and share. Topics we hope to discuss include: Maintaining stability in the face of uncertainty Navigating confirmed and non-confirmed cases of Covid exposure in the classroom Anxiety feedback... Read more
Our 2021-2022 season kicks off with an episode featuring Department Chair Anis Bawarshi. Anis discusses genres as frameworks that organize our ways of imagining, including what they make possible and exclude, and how they can be changed to configure new possibilities, relationships, and ways of being.  ... Read more
Stephanie Kerschbaum and her co-author Lauren Rosenberg have received the 2021 NCTE Richard C. Ohmann award for their article, “Entanglements of Literacy Studies and Disability Studies,” published in the March 2021 issue of College English.  The award is given in the name of Richard C. Ohmann, landmark editor of College English throughout the 1960s. It recognizes an outstanding refereed article in the past volume year that makes the most significant contribution to scholarship... Read more
Professor Catherine Cole's new book, Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice, has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the Dance Studies Association's de la Torre Bueno Prize. The de la Torre Bueno Prize is awarded annually to a book published in the English language that advances the field of dance studies. Named after José Rollin de la Torre Bueno, the first university press editor to... Read more
Anu Taranath has been awarded a Newsweek Future of Travel Award in the Storytelling category for her book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World. Read more.
Photograph of Stephanie Kerschbaum
Professor Stephanie Kerschbaum has been honored with the 2021 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Professor Kerschbaum recently joined the Department of English as faculty member and director of the Expository Writing Program from the University of Delaware. The Lisa Ede Mentoring Award was established in 2015 as a biennial award to recognize an individual or group with a career-record of mentorship, including formal and... Read more
In this issue of English Matters, we report the retirements of the last three founding members of the English Language and Rhetoric Track.  Along with those of Juan Guerra and Sandra Silberstein, the most recent departure, the retirement of Gail Stygall, marks the end of an era.Professor Emerita Sandy Silberstein reprises Stygall’s impressive and impactful career. Gail Stygall is a leading scholar in both the language of law and rhetoric/composition. In her 31 years... Read more
Professor Shawn Wong has received the 2021 "Stand UP Award" from the Association of University Presses.The Stand UP Award honors those who through their words and actions have done extraordinary work to support, defend, and celebrate the university press community. The award is intended to recognize advocates who are not on staff at a member press but who stand up from within the communities that presses work with, speak to, and serve.... Read more
Anis Bawarshi
As we reach the end of this challenging academic year, I am deeply grateful to our department’s faculty, staff, and graduate instructors for creating community and spaces of care for students, and the ways we have supported one another as colleagues. I am especially proud of the way that we have continued to work together to build the department.  We completed a multi-year effort to revise our undergraduate major and develop new courses, and we continue to make changes to our graduate programs... Read more
koh magical language
Graduate: Graduate student E.J. Koh was interviewed by J.R. Ramakrishnan about her memoir, The Magical Language of Others, which is the winner of the 2021 Pacific Northwest Book Award and has been featured on... Read more