Dr. Carolyn Maibor, Professor of English and Director of the Framingham State Commonwealth Honors Program, was the recipient of this year’s Dr. Robert A. Martin Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award. This award was created to recognize efforts and accomplishments of members of the Framingham State University Community who have created positive change and/or developed programs designed to improve the transition to college for first-year students. Dr. Maibor received her award and addressed entering first year students at the New Student Convocation on September 3, 2013.
Dr. Bernard Horn published a translation of Yehuda Amichai's poem, "The Dove," in the March 18, 2013 issue of the New Yorker.
Dr. Kelly Matthews recently co-edited an anthology of essays, The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture. Dr. Matthews wrote the introduction to the volume, which was published by Four Courts Press in Dublin.
Professor Meredith O'Brien-Weiss's novel, Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing, is being published in May by Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing.
Dr. Lynn Parker was awarded a Framingham State University Teaching with Technology Grant for 2013-14. These grants are awarded to faculty and staff members interested in using twenty-first-century technologies for the purpose of "designing new instructional techniques and programs." The grant will enable Dr. Parker's section of ENGL 204 Literary Study to explore the benefits of using iPads for social media and creative role-playing in the literature classroom, as well as to investigate a range of annotation software options for electronic texts. Dr. Parker received a Teaching with Technology Grant in 2012-13 to develop instructional technology for ENGL 330 The Victorian Period.
Dr. Evelyn Perry was invited to be a Hazel Dick Leonard Scholar at the Hazel Dick Leonard Symposium at Simmons College on April 12th, 2013. The Hazel Dick Leonard program promotes gender and diversity in scholarship, and Dr. Perry was honored for her scholarship on female heroes in retellings of the Robin Hood legend. She gave a talk on the marriage fable in young adult literature.
Dr. Lisa Eck and Dr. Bernard Horn organized a panel, Cosmopolitanism in Teaching and Reading: Uses and Limits, for the Modern Language Association convention in Boston. Panelists included Alexander Hartwiger, American University of Beirut, and Youngmin Kim, Dongguk University. Dr. Eck presented a paper, "Cosmopolitanism in the Classroom: Orientalism's Other Ism," and Dr. Horn presented "The Limits of Cosmopolitan Conversation in the Novels of A. B. Yehoshua." Dr. Horn chaired the panel and Dr. Eck was the respondent.
Two members of the English Department contributed entries to the recently published Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide, edited by Marion Ann Taylor (Baker Publishing, 2012). Dr. Elaine Beilin wrote the entry on Anne Askew, and Dr. Patricia Crouch co-authored the entry on Lucy Hutchinson with Dr. Shannon Miller of Temple University.