2014 News & Awards

Rachel Bowman placed second in the 2014 Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Bowman presented "The Embodied Rhetoric of United States Marine Corps Recruit Training."

Tina Romanelli, Ph.D., received the SAMLA Graduate Student Essay Award for "'Dear Life Redeems You': The Winter's Tale and the Harrowing of Hell."

Melissa Elmes, Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Literature, has been accepted into the Folger Institute's spring semester seminar, "The Scale of Catastrophe: Ecology and Transition, Medieval to Early Modern."

The Graduate Studies Committee has awarded Leah Milne the Mildred Kates Dissertation Fellowship Award for 2014-2015. Her dissertation is entitled: "Necessary Fictions: Authorship and Transethnic Identities in Contemporary American Narratives."

Lauren Shook, PhD candidate, made the Chancellor's Report under "Top UNCG Scholars." See the article here.

Maria Sanchez and Amy Vines share the 2014-15 Marc Friedlaender Faculty Excellence Award.

The English Department's 2014 Student Critical Essay award was given to "Spurious Sanctity: Exploring Liminal Space and the Question of Agency in Outer Dark" written by Christina Ratley for Scott Romine's ENG 333 course.

The English Department's 2014 Student Research Essay award was given to "Autism as Persona: Neurotypical Authors Adopting Neurodiverse Narrators" written by McAlister Greiner as her Disciplinary Honors Thesis under Hepsie Roskelly's supervision.

Michael Parker will have his short story "Deep Eddy" included in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2014. For more information, click here.

Holly Goddard Jones has been awarded the 2014 Kentucky Literary Award for her book The Next Time You See Me. The Kentucky Literary Award is given to an author from Kentucky or one whose book has a strong Kentucky theme. More information can be found here.

Melissa Elmes, PhD candidate, has been selected as the 2014-2015 recipient of the Department's Cloninger-Stout Award.

Tristan Munchel and Holly Setzer have been awarded Student Excellence Awards. They'll be honored, with other students receiving various awards and recognitions, at the 52nd Student Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 29, starting at 7 pm in the EUC Auditorium.

Kathleen Fowler, current Graduate student, has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in one of their summer institutes at Oxford University, "Representations of the 'Other': Jews in Medieval England.” For more information visit

Maria Sanchez has been selected to be a Hutchins Fellow at Harvard's W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research for the academic year 2014-2015.  

Christian Moraru has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Assignment in The Netherlands for May 2014. He'll be lecturing and leading workshops at a number of Dutch universities.

Noelle Morrissette will hold a Lillian Gary Taylor Visiting Fellowship in American Literature from the University of Virginia Library's Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture in Summer 2014, to work on her book project, "Anne Spencer: Letters and Legacy."

Brenta Blevins, PhD candidate, will receive the College of Arts and Sciences Junior award for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching.

Prof. Karen Kilcup selected as Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor in Women and Gender Studies for 2014-2018. More information can be found here.

Jim Clark, Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program, chosen to receive Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards were established to recognize and reward members of the student body, faculty and staff of UNCG who provide outstanding leadership and service to the university.

Dr. Joe George, PhD '13, wins UNCG Outstanding Dissertation Award. His dissertation, "Neighborhood Associations: Security and Hospitality in American Suburban Fiction," was directed by Christian Moraru; Scott Romine and Anthony Cuda served as committee members.

Ansel Elkins, MFA '09 Graduate, to receive 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Read more here.

Dr. Kim Reigle, PhD '10, awarded 2014 Lindsay Young Regional Visiting Faculty Fellowship at the Marco Institute of the University of Tennessee. Kim's research project is titled: "Defensive Virginity in Early Modern English Literature". More information about the fellowship can be found here.

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