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Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell, 2013 CALS Summer Dissertation Fellow, has a new book, The Two Cultures of English: Literature, Composition, and the Moment of Rhetoric, out now from Fordham University Press. Jason will also transition onto the tenure track beginning fall 2019, serving as Assistant Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. Jason credits his time spent as a CALS Fellow as an important moment in his professional maturation at Penn State: "The CALS award gave me the space and time to develop the material in my dissertation in a way that wouldn't have otherwise been possible. The award supported me at a crucial moment in my professional development as a scholar, and its effects can still be felt many years later."

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Michael Don

Michael Don

Michael Don, Assistant Teaching Professor of English, released a new short story collection titled Partners and Strangers in February 2019. Partners and Strangers, which is published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, has been described as "palpably real," and Michael Czyzniejewski, author of I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories, says: "Reading this collection makes me feel good: about literature, about the world." Partners and Strangers is available to order online or for purchase locally at Webster's Bookstore Cafe.

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Benjamin Schreier & Sandra Spanier

Benjamin Schreier & Sandra Spanier

At a March 2019 reception for new named professors in the College of Liberal Arts, Benjamin Schreier was recognized for his promotion to the Mitrani Family Professorship of Jewish Studies and Sandra Spanier for her promotion to Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. These titles reflect the diligent scholarship and rigorous research agendas undertaken by both professors throughout their distinguished careers. Congratulations, Ben and Sandy!

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Elizabeth Kadetsky

Elizabeth Kadetsky

Elizabeth Kadetsky, Associate Professor of English, has published her first comic with Punctuate, the nonfiction magazine of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Elizabeth's writing, which spans genres ranging from memoir to lyric essay to the novella form, recently expanded to include comics after she learned about graphic note-taking at the 2018 Comics and Medicine Conference and put the practice into action at that year's NonFictioNOW. Discussing the move from text-only to the mixture of text and graphics, Elizabeth tells Punctuate that "Shifting brain-modes from writing to drawing and then back again provides a healthy mental calisthenics." Beautiful work, Elizabeth!

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Laura Vrana

Laura Vrana

Laura Vrana, a past CALS Grad Travel Grant winner, will begin serving as tenure-track assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Fall 2018. Laura recently defended her dissertation, entitled "Writing Transgressions: Publication Contexts and the Politics of Recognition in Contemporary Black Women's Poetry" (Aldon Nielsen, Director), which focuses on black women's poetry and the politics of publication, literary prizes/awards, and academic institutions. Congratulations, Laura!

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Tacee Sechler

Tacee Sechler

Tacee Sechler, CALS Administrative Assistant, was awarded a Rising Star Award by the College of the Liberal Arts, which recognizes employees who demonstrate a quality of performance that indicates they will continue to develop into an exemplary employee. Staff members who win this award show passion for their work while exemplifying professionalism and dedication to the mission of their department and the College. CALS Director Sean Goudie suggests there couldn't be a more deserving recipient of this award: "Tacee has been a vital contributor to the success of CALS the past several years. Not only does she help us keep the Center running smoothly, but she also makes vital contributions to CALS programming and development on a weekly basis. We are so grateful for all that Tacee has given to the Center and congratulate her on this important achievement!"

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Susan Weeber

Susan Weeber

Susan Weeber, a past CALS Grad Travel Grant winner, has accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Africana studies at the University of Oregon, which she will begin in Fall 2018. Susan recently defended her dissertation, Poetics of Interruption: Media and Form in Black Radical Literature (Alden Neilsen, Director), which examines 20th- and 21st-century African American and African diasporic literature’s engagement with other media.

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Ebony Coletu

Ebony Coletu

Ebony Coletu has been selected for a Fulbright Award to the African Regional Research Program. The award will provide support for three trips over two years to West Africa to develop her second book project, "Pan-African Logistics: Chief Sam and the Undocumented Origins of African American Migration to Ghana.”

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