Recent Faculty Publications
Dr. Ezra Cappell’s essay “‘The Hope for the Better’: Immigrants in Jewish American Literature” was published in The Immigrant Experience: Critical Insights, edited by Maryse Jayasuriya (Salem Press, 2018, pp. 3-21).
Dr. Maryse Jayasuriya’s edited collection, The Immigrant Experience: Critical Insights (Salem Press, 2018), was recently published. Dr. Jayasuriya also wrote the preface and two longer essays: “On the Immigrant Experience” (pp. xii-xx) and “Aspiration and Disillusionment: Undocumented Experiences in Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers” (pp. 196-208).
Dr. Marion Rohrleitner’s essay “ ‘Create Dangerously’: Immigration as Radical Hope in Edwidge Danticat’s Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction” was published in The Immigrant Experience: Critical Insights, edited by Maryse Jayasuriya (Salem Press, 2018, pp. 134-50).
Dr. P J Vierra reports that part three of his four-part series deconstructing the narrative histories of UTEP’s Bhutanese Revival architecture appeared in Password, vol. 61, no. 4.
Dr. Brian Yothers’s essays “Emma Lazarus’s Poetic Representations of the Immigrant Experience" (pp. 73-88) and “Contemporary African Immigration and the Legacy of Slavery in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing" (pp. 209-226) were published in The Immigrant Experience: Critical Insights, edited by Maryse Jayasuriya (Salem Press, 2018).
Recent Faculty Presentations
Dr. Meredith Abarca presented “Food Narratives: How and Why Food Defines Who We Are,” at the Food Studies Lecture Series organized and hosted by the Department of History and the Mentorship Network in Food Studies at the University of North Texas on April 20, 2018.
Dr. Andy Fleck presented “The Subject of Elizabeth’s Languages: Diplomacy and Henry V,” at the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, in Los Angeles, in March 2018, and he also presented “Anthropocene Meteorology and Reading the Natural World in Shakespeare’s Sonnets,” at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in February 2018.
Tetyana Zhyvotovska, a doctoral student in RWS, presented "Bridging Material Culture and Human Activity: A Poster's Rhetorical Life and (Re)Arranging Relationships" at the College English Association (CEA) 49th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, April 5-7, 2018.
Past Faculty Publications
Dr. Brian Yothers’s edited collection The Scarlet Letter: Critical Insights (Salem Press, 2018) was published in early March 2018.
Past Faculty Presentations
Dr. Meredith Abarca presented an invited lecture, “We Eat, Therefore, We Are; but We Share and We Become: Culinary Subjectivities in Coming to Food Stories,” at the NYU Steinhardt Nutrition and Food Studies Department on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 12 to 2 PM. NYU Steinhardt and Pace University’s Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment jointly sponsored this lecture.
Dr. Abarca also presented “Food Across Borders: Exploring the Complexities of Sovereignty, Memory, and Borders” at Yale’s Food Systems Symposium. February 23 to 24, 2018.
Dr. Lucia Dura and Dr. Laura Gonzales presented “Improving Writing Practices in the Clinical Setting,” a 4-hour workshop for Texas Tech Paul Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX, on February 23, 2018.
Dr. Laura Gonzales presented on the first plenary session held at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. Her talk (co-written with Michele Simmons) described the current state and future directions of civic engagement and participatory research in technical communication.
Dr. Robert Gunn presented “Imperial Geodetics: Timekeeping and Place-Making in 1840s New Mexico,” at C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists in Albuquerque, NM, on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Paul Laprade presented "Laboring with Language/s on the U.S./Mexico Border," which was part of a panel with Dr. Moushumi Biswas titled "Transforming First-Year Writing Courses through Translanguaging Pedagogies: Instructor and Classroom Perspectives and Practices" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, in Kansas City, MO, March 14-17, 2018.
Dr. Kate Mangelsdorf presented (with Char Ullman from Teacher Education), "Graduate Students’ Experiences Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An Ethnographic Case Study," at the 30th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on February 27, 2018.
Dr. Joe Ortiz presented a paper, "Harington's Toys: Epic Translation in Renaissance England," at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, LA, on March 23, 2018.
Dr. Terry Quezada participated at the Workshop for Transformative Laboring and Languaging of International Exchanges about Higher Education Writing Research sponsored by the International Researchers Consortium at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Kansas City, MO, March 14-17,with her work in progress “Faculty Researching, Writing, and Publishing in Mexico: A Comparative Analysis with US Expectations and Practices.” She also presented “Respectful Rhetorical Practices: The Language and Work of the Policrat” and participated in the Medical Rhetorics Roundtable: Examining Intersections and Connections within and beyond Our Field with her presentation “Medical Rhetoric and Teaching Technical Writing to Health Professionals.”
Dr. Brian Yothers joined Professor Daniel Chacon of Creative Writing in interviewing Dr. John Matteson, who will be giving the 33rd Annual Literature Lecture, on “Words on a Wire” at KTEP. The program aired on March 25, 2018.
Past Faculty Professional Service
Dr. Beth Brunk-Chavez has been elected to the executive board of the Conference of Writing Program Administration.
Dr. Jennifer Clifton has been appointed to the executive board of the Association of Rhetoric and Writing Studies and has been selected to serve as President-Elect.
Dr. Laura Gonzales was elected to the executive committee for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. She will serve as a member at large from 2018-2021.
Dr. Maryse Jayasuriya is now the UTEP PI for the Mellon Foundation-funded HSI-Pathways Grant, a $5.1 million multi-institutional partnership.