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Department Hosts Annual Conference

0 Commentsby   |  02.18.13  |  Announcements

Members of the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) and the Texas Colege English Association (TCEA) will meet in the ACU Hunter Welcome Center later this week to present a varied menu of papers on literature and rhetoric and topics in teaching.

In addition, the conference will feature five sessions of creative writers reading from their work.

Dr. Laura Carroll is coordinating the annual event which will attract over 60 participants and is being held at ACU for the first time in many a year. She says, “The presenters represent excellent teachers and scholars from all over the state, and we look forward to learning together.”

Professors Presenting

  • Friday, 7:15 a.m. Kyle Dickson, Bill Carroll (“State of the Profession”)
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m. Steve Weathers (Abysmal Wastes: On the Road in West Texas”)
  • Friday, 10:30 a.m., Suanna Davis (From Houston to Abilene: Adjusting, A Selection of Poems)
  • Friday, 2:45 p.m., Debbie Williams (Taming the Hyrdra: Framing Service Learning)
  • Saturday, 9 a.m., Albert Haley (I Loved a Capitalilst: Poetry Meets the Business World)

Instructors, Graduate Students and Undergrads Presenting

  • Friday, 9 a.m. Rachel Brown (Behind Every successful Man: Lady Macbeth’s Machiavellian Influence)
  • Friday, 9 a.m. Courtney Pearson (Brewing Storms and Children: The Nurturing and Infanticidal Withces in Macbeth and Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
  • Friday, 9 a.m. Lorrie Wolfard (Imaginative Staging: A Process for Interpretation of Hamlet)
  • Friday, 10:30 a.m. Alison Maxfield (“Lord of this fair mansion” and “Queen o’er myself”: Female Agency in The Merchant of Venice and Il Pecornoe)
  • Friday, 1030 a.m., Christina Johnson (The Celebration of Anne Sexton: Defining the Writers in Hollywood’s Biopics)
  • Friday, 1:15 p.m., David White (The Wild, Fantastical West: A Short Story)
  • Friday, 1:15 p.m., Leanne Moore (Use of Metaphor in the 2012 Presidential Campaign)
  • Friday, 1:15 p.m., Melissa Weaver (The Persuasive Power of Poetry)
  • Friday, 2:45 p.m., Greg Jeffers (Glenn Beck, Jim Wallis, and the Debate on Social Justice: A Narrative Critique)
  • Friday, 2:45 p.m., Suzanne Shedd (Progressive or Passive? Applying Critical Discourse Analysis to Actors with Down Syndrome)
  • Friday, 2:45 p.m., Amelia Emery (Itching Ears Want to Hear: Examining Interpretations Through Legitimation)

CCTE is a Texas-based organization that is currently celebrating its 80th year of its founding at the University of Texas.

Summer Teaching Opportunities

0 Commentsby   |  12.10.12  |  Advising Information, Announcements, Career Planning & Information

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2013 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at our website:

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National Video Contest!

0 Commentsby   |  09.21.12  |  Announcements

National video contest from Vista Higher Learning, the publishers of Protagonistas, awards $500 to the top six videos submitted. Open to all students enrolled in a World Language class (Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic). For complete rules and to view last year’s winning entries, visit

Spring Dinner for Graduating Seniors–This Thursday, April 26, before the Black Tulip

0 Commentsby   |  04.21.12  |  Announcements, Shinnery Review

Our department is looking forward to this Thursday night, April 26, when we will celebrate with our graduating seniors over a delicious Indian dinner at Taj Mahal, then return to campus for the Black Tulip launch party of the Shinnery Review!

About the Spring Dinner

All faculty and graduating seniors are invited to attend! You should have received an Evite from Heidi Nobles (; if you didn’t, please contact her right away!

Read the great restaurant reviews at, and do note that the dinner is free.

About the Black Tulip Release Party

We’ll be having desserts & refreshments, and students whose work was accepted into the magazine will be invited to read their pieces or excerpts from them. We’ll also be handing out free copies of the Shinnery, so if anyone would like a copy, now is the time to stop by and get one!
The Black Tulip has moved! Instead of the Living Room, as noted on the flyer below, the party will take place in the Core Classroom in the library!***

George W. Ewing Folklore Lecture

0 Commentsby   |  04.09.12  |  Announcements, Faculty Spotlight

“Riddles and Puzzles, Cherubs and Kings:
Folkloric Elements in the Book of Ezekiel”

Dr. Mark Hamilton will deliver the annual George W. Ewing Folklore Lecture. Dr. Hamilton, Associate Dean of the ACU Graduate School of Theology, will explore the highly significant interface between folklore studies and the Old Testament.

The lecture series is a tribute to the late Dr. George Ewing, much loved ACU Professor of English and Folklore.  This event is open to all.

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM, in BSB 117

0 Commentsby   |  04.03.12  |  Advising Information, Announcements

Catch A Wave (With Jane Austen)

0 Commentsby   |  03.09.12  |  Announcements

"Shall we go surfing now? Everyone is learning how!"

Keep your sun tan oil handy.

Jane Austen Days are coming to ACU English the week after spring break.

To celebrate one of the British Isles’ preeminent writers and the ACU Theatre’s upcoming production based on her novel Emma, Dr. Joe Stephenson has involved his Seminar students in putting together a series of literary gatherings and delectations for your enjoyment. See below. [Please note that the tea in the Inkwell is THURSDAY, March 29.].


Poetry Contest sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, ΣΤΔ

0 Commentsby   |  02.04.12  |  Announcements

Like to write poetry?  Want someone to read your poetry?  Need money? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this poetry contest is for you.

$50 First prize

$30 Second prize

$20 Third prize

Turn poems in to the Sigma Tau Delta Poetry Contest box in the English office, Chambers 309, before 4 p.m. February 29th.

Submit up to 3 poems, but no more than 5 pages total.

Sigma Tau Delta Poetry Contest opens January 31st and closes February 29th.

All submissions will also be considered for publication in ACU’s creative magazine, The Shinnery Review.

The poetry will be read by published poets:

Dr. Al Haley                                  Dr. Shelly Sanders

Dr. Suanna Davis                         Dr. Steven Moore

A tie breaker will be decided by Dr. Steve Weathers.


ΣΤΔ  This poetry contest is brought to the ACU campus by Tau Epsilon, the ACU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International EnglishHonor Society. 

The contest is open to spring 2012 ACU students only.


Mark your calendars!

0 Commentsby   |  01.26.12  |  Advising Information, Announcements

  • Departmental Chapels–Bible 117
      • January 31 – Please join the faculty for a luncheon/tea in the Inkwell immediately following chapel
      • March 6
      • April 10
  • Shinnery Review ChapelsEvery Thursday in The Inkwell
      •  All majors are invited to come together to share artistic creations, poetry, and we periodically will feast around the table of life with food.  Majors are encouraged to invite their friends and roommates.  For more information on the Shinnery Review, visit their new blog.
  • Sigma Tau Delta InductionFebrurary 4th in the Chapel on the Hill at 3 pm
      •  Dr. Steven Moore will be speaking. Please come and support the newest members of the Tau Epsilon chapter.  Biographies of the newest members can be found on the new Sigma Tau Delta blog.
  • Fourth Annual Culp Professor ReadingApril 10, 7-8 pm, Brown Library auditorium
      • The English Department’s Dr. Chris Willerton will be performing
  • The ACU Theatre Department presents Emma based on the Jane Austen book–April 12-21
  • The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest will present weekly meditations during the Lenten season–February 29-March 28
      • The five-week series highlights some of Anglican history’s most important writers with some of the finest scholars in the area. Among those scholars will be Chris Willerton,  speaking about Dorothy Sayers(Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 pm) and Mikee Delony presenting on J.R.R. Tolkien on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm.  For more information or to view other topics in the series, visit the church’s website.
  • The Black Tulip Dinner/Poetry night/Shinnery debut–April 26



Crash Course Tomorrow!

0 Commentsby   |  11.04.11  |  Announcements

Hey everyone–don’t forget that tomorrow is the Shinnery Review‘s Crash Course event! Here’s their announcement:

Crash Course Workshop

Join the Shinnery Review for a fun afternoon workshop in fiction and nonfiction writing and photography, with sessions taught by ACU professors.

Learn how to improve your work and how to get your work published in the Shinnery Review, ACU’s art and literary student magazine. All majors and skill levels are welcome–so come and bring your friends! We’ll have delicious homemade snacks provided, too.

Visit our Facebook page for a detailed event schedule and more information!