News from PWP

April 4, 2017

News from PWP! Continuing reading to learn more.

Chip Crane wrote the Federal Plain Language Report Card (including a white paper explaining it) for the Center for Plain Language. The Report Card was released last month.


Melanie Faith was recognized as an M.V.P. (Most Valuable Professor) by the university wrestling team. Melanie was nominated by her student Justin Alexander and honored at the match on Feb. 3.


Mark Fitzgerald was one of 12 poets selected to read at the closing ceremony of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. His poem "Night Paths" will appear in the spring issue of the San Pedro River Review.


Stewart Foehl’s young adult novel Stealing Candy will be published May 2 from Sourcebooks Fire, under the pen name Stewart Lewis.


Pamela Gerhardt's essay "Fog on the Cher" was published in the fall issue of Blackbird Online Literary Journal:


Lyra Hilliard and Scott Moses were among the four winners of the Writing Program Award, funded by sales of AWP's English 101 textbook. Lyra is conducting research on the efficacy of blended courses and will use her funds to organize focus groups with students to collect data regarding their experiences. Scott is leading a Digital Pedagogy Reading and Research Group and will use his funds to support group members as they present on their digital research and participate in the group. 


Danuta Hinc’s essay “Choking in America” was accepted for publication by Literary Hub (


Dr. Adam Lloyd successfully defended his dissertation, "Beyond Words: A Post-Process Business Writing Pedagogy."


Kristine Morrissey’s article "Call me Adjunct" was published (under the pseudonym Alissa Montalbano) in the Adjunct Nation magazine and on their website.


Patrick Nelson is celebrating his fourth season with the Rock Creek Singers, a small ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. Along with Potomac Fever, the Rock Creek Singers will be presenting God Save the Queens, a salute to British pop music featuring new and innovative arrangements of music by the Beatles, Queen, Adele, George Michael, the Police and more. Patrick reports that the show will also include “the King and Queen of Pop and other pop music royalty just for fun!” There will be shows at 4:00pm and 8:00pm on Apr. 15 at The Barnes at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $45 and available at and (877) 965-3872


Daune O'Brien was invited to serve in the IT Accessibility Committee eLearning Group. This committee is currently working on a 3-year IT Accessibility Plan to improve technical support and accessible IT services, with a particular focus on the principles of usability and universal design.


Daune O'Brien successfully defended her M.A. thesis, "Genre as Rhetorical Situation: Competing Rhetorics in the Special Education Process."


Jonathan Rick published two new presentations—on elevator pitches and cover letters—on SlideShare:


Jonathan Rick delivered workshops to the insurance company Axa and the advertising firm Xaxis:


Senior English major Sarah Schurman was selected as a winner of a 2017 Library Award for Undergraduate Research for her paper written in Mark Forrester’s ENGL398L course: “Hookup Culture Hysteria: How Ambivalent Sexism Has Fueled a Moral Panic.”


Holly Smith will be moderating a children's writing panel at the Washington Independent Review of Books's annual Washington Writers Conference at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on Sat., Apr. 29. For more information, see Holly also wants to remind you that the Independent is always happy to promote book-related events in the area, such as readings, festivals, and signings. Anyone with an event to share should email her at


At a retirement dinner in Louisville, Ken. in Jan., David Todd delivered a speech involving explication of a William Stafford poem to a group of bankers and their families.