Language and Literature Departmental Chapel

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Student Internship Opportunity

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English and TESOL Missionary Opportunities

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Send International is in need of English and TESOL Missionaries!

Almost all of the available fields are in need of short-term and long-term missionaries who can teach English. Some of the countries in need of missionaries include Croatia, China, Thailand and Ukraine. This would be a great opportunity to put your language skills to use in a global setting. A few opportunities are formal TESOL jobs, and the missionary would earn a salary (minimal) from that country. Thailand is especially in need of English teachers. Click HERE to learn about all of the opportunities available through Send International.

Summer Internship Opportunity

0 Commentsby   |  12.03.14  |  Announcements, Job & Volunteer Opportunities



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A summer internship opportunity has come available for a writer/web editor through KDLG, a public radio provider in Dillingham, Alaska. Daily tasks would include taking news stories from the radio to transcribe, edit, format for web, and publish/promote them. There may also be a chance to have some airtime with the KDLG station along with some other exciting tasks. KDLG is in partnerships with The Bristol Bay Times and Alaska Dispatch News, so a young writer may see a story or two per week pop up in publication all around the state. This also allows for networking opportunities that can build contacts and connections helpful to students as they enter the job market. The position would ideally run from June 1, 2015 to August 1, 2015 with some free time at the beginning and end to enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, and camping, but it should be said that these dates are subject to change. The internship is unpaid, though help will be provided when searching for housing and transportation. Participation in this internship would give credit hours under “Language and Literature Internships”. To find out more, click HERE

Recently Published Authors

0 Commentsby   |  10.24.14  |  Announcements, Faculty Publications

Congratulations to Sherry and Sarah for their recent publications in CCTE Studies! Be sure to commend them on their great work next time you see them.

Featured articles:

“Where are the Horse and the Rider?”: An Approach to Using J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to Teach Medieval Literature in the British Literature Survey Classroom by Sherry Rankin

“Where two raging fires meet together”: Constructed Gender Performances of Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew by Sarah Eason


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Sigma Delta Pi Inducts New Members, Honors Graduating Members

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Six new members were inducted into Sigma Delta Pi at their meeting on Thursday, April 10. As they welcome these new members, they are preparing to say good-bye to seven members who will be graduating in May. Each soon-to-be graduate received his or her honor cords from Dr. Beatriz Walker, faculty sponsor. Jonathan Storment spoke to the group, a treat for all in attendance. Felicitaciones to the new members and buena suerte to the future graduates!


0 Commentsby   |  03.27.14  |  Advising Information

CCTE recognizes ACU Language and Literature


Posted March 26, 2014

Four ACU Department of Language and Literature faculty members were recognized at the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) on March 1-3.

Sherry Rankin, instructor of English, won the award for best pedagogy paper in CCTE’s Literature, Film, and Popular Culture section. Her paper on using Tolkien in the British literature survey course will be published in CCTE Studies, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

Erin Daugherty, M.A. student, garnered an Honorable Mention from CCTE’s Creative Writing section for her poem “Yellow Stripes Between.”

Sarah Eason, M.A. student, won the Best Paper in Shakespeare Award for her presentation, “‘Where two raging fires meet together': Constructed Gender Performances of Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.”

Dr. Chris Willerton, professor of English, won the Frances Hernandez Teacher-Scholar Award. He was recognized for being an excellent undergraduate instructor and a mentor for many of his colleagues. Dr. Nancy Jordan, ACU professor of English, is a previous recipient of the Hernandez Teacher-Scholar award.

“The fact that we have won two Hernandez awards speaks well of our department,” says Dr. Cole Bennett, chair of the Department of Language and Literature. “While I am quite pleased to be associated with colleagues who win such awards, I am not surprised. The quality of teaching and scholarship in which our department is engaged is unparalleled.”

News Release: Mikee Delony will be next Culp Professor

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Delony named Culp Distinguished Professor

Posted March 21, 2014

Dr. Mikee Delony, associate professor of English at ACU, has been named the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor for 2014-17. Named after the former chair of ACU’s English department, the endowed professorship recognizes Delony as a Christian scholar, role model and mentor.

Dr. Delony says she didn’t start out to be an English teacher – or any kind of teacher. In fact, she went straight from high school to the workforce, and it was years before she began to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

When she started college, Delony intended to earn her B.A. and stop there. But as she discovered how much she loved learning about English literature, she realized she had a gift for teaching it.

“A friend once told me that when you find your gift, it gives you energy,” she said. “That’s what teaching does for me. There’s just so much to talk about and discuss – there’s always a conversation to be had. Teaching is the most wonderful, energizing thing I’ve ever done.”

In 1986, friends and former students established the endowed professorship to honor Dr. James Culp (’49), while honoring a distinguished language and literature faculty member. Culp specified that the income from the endowment be used for research and academic support to allow the recipient to engage in reflection and study of his or her field.

Culp was the first to hold the professorship, from 1986 until his retirement in 1992. Since then, recipients have included Dr. Darryl Tippens, Dr. Gay Barton, Dr. Steve Weathers, Al Haley and Dr. Chris Willerton.

Tanner Hadfield and the Writing Life

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When we last saw English major Tanner Hadfield he was headed off to the land of the Rockies (and the Broncos! for football fans) as he prepared to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Tanner was certainly qualified. Prof. Al Haley remembers making a major discovery in Eng. 323: Poetry Workshop in the Fall 2009:

“There was this quiet person who wrote surreal poems with the most amazing language, and you could still understand them. It was like John Berryman meeting up with John Ashberry and someone much more sober and coherent. I’d never seen anything quite like it from a student.”

Tanner went on to prove that his real forte was in fiction writing. His story in a semi-magical realist mode, “Snowing in Darling,” written a year later, won first place in the 2011 Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT) contest.

With that kind of “back story,” we’re not to surprised to get this update about what’s been going on in Boulder.

  • Tanner finished runner-up in the fiction category of an annual writing contest for authors from western U.S. states. The story will be published in an upcoming issue this year of the University of Utah’s “Western Humanities Review,” a journal founded in 1947:
  • He continues to serve as assistant editor for Caketrain Journal whichis associasted with a publishing house in Pittsburgh.
  • Since joining the UC program, he has been teaching freshman and sophomore classes.

Having learned of the above accomplishments from a well-informed source, we thought we’d conclude this post/update by contacting Tanner himself and asking him to respond to a couple of questions about the writing life.

INKWELL: What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned about writing since studying it at the graduate level?

TANNER: It’s still an ongoing process, and definitely a scary one, but the biggest advance would have to be learning to remove myself from my writing vacuum. That is, letting go of empty self-expression and vague notions of success in favor of writing for an actual real world audience, with an actual purpose in conversation with contemporary culture and literature. Very many people are very good writers inside the safety of their own vacuum and most of them stay there forever.

INKWELL: As someone who works as a fiction editor, what kinds of stories attract you and what do you see in stories that immediately generate a thumbs-down?

TANNER:  I’m attracted to stories with a rich, economical prose style and angle. The knowing chance of folly via abstraction. An immediate thumbs-down comes from a lack of immediacy. If one waits even until the second paragraph to get to the good stuff, one’s odds become abysmal. Merely competent writing is of no use and won’t buy one time outside the classroom (though achieving competence is certainly a necessary step in the process of becoming a real writer). This is just the nature of the present world of writing. It may not be cutthroat, but it’s incredibly competitive!