The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
Cameron Mozafari and Linda Coleman presented papers on October 27 at the "Terps Talk Politics" conference, sponsored by Chelona, the University of Maryland graduate student branch of the Rhetorical Society of America. Cameron's paper was "Corpus Approaches to Analyzing Rhetorical Commonplaces in Primary Speeches," and Linda's was "'Just so you understand, OK?: The Interactive Rhetoric of Donald Trump."
In late October Scott Wible delivered a keynote address at the Thomas R. Watson Conference at the University of Louisville. Building on the conference theme, "Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation," Wible's talk examined his two-year collaboration with the University of Maryland Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to teach creative problem-solving methodologies in the professional writing classroom.In mid-November, Scott Wible served on the National Council of Teachers of English Resolutions Committee. In addition to preparing three resolutions submitted from the NCTE membership for discussion and voting at the annual NCTE business meeting, the five-person committee also drafted the "Resolution on Contemporary Discourse in the English Language Arts Classroom," which was unanimously approved at the business meeting and will be voted on by the full NCTE membership in the coming months.Scott Wible chaired the Graduate Research Award committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, which selected three graduate students in professional writing studies to present their research projects on a showcase panel at the 2017 ATTW Conference.
Jess Enoch's chapter, Transcribing Women’s Diaries in the Digital World," collaboratively written with Elizabeth Novara, curator of Historical Manuscripts in Hornbake Library, has been accepted to Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian.Her chapter “Abductive Historiography: This Is a (Feminist) Test” has been published in Abducting Writing Studies (Eds. Kyle Jensen and Sid Dobrin; Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP).Her book review, collaboratively written with UMD PhD Elizabeth Miller, of You Can’t Padlock an Idea: Rhetorical Education at the Highlander Folk School, 1932-1961 by Stephen Schneider was published in Rhetoric and Public Affairs
PWP Senior Lecturer, Robin M. Earnest, Esq.recently served as a judge for the Great American Mock Trial Invitational ("GAMTI"). The GAMTI is the national competition for undergraduate mock trial teams. Over 25 schools participated in the Washington, D.C. Invitational where attorney Earnest served as a judge.
The English Department is a certified Green Office within the University, which means that our department does its part in order to help the University be more sustainable. The UMD Sustainability Fund currently has $390,000 available for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD.
The English Department hosted its annual Welcome Assembly on September 7th. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear introductions, announcements, and news of plans for the year ahead. Following the formal program in Ulrich Hall was a brunch reception on the third floor patio.
Writing-Related Panel for Law School Applicants
In September 2011, several law school admissions officers joined University of Maryland faculty and staff for a roundtable discussion on writing personal statements for law school applications. Videos of the program, which was cosponsored by the English Department’s Professional Writing Program, can be viewed by clicking on the links below: