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Meet the CALS Staff

Meet the CALS Staff

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Interim Director (Spring 2023) of the Center for American Literary Studies and Associate Professor of English

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CALS Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2022-2023

Phoebe Cykosky

CALS Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2021-22

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CALS Graduate Research Assistant, 2022–2023

Tacee Sechler

CALS Administrative Assistant

Sean X. Goudie

Director of the Center for American Literary Studies (on leave Spring 2023) and Associate Professor of English

(814) 865-3945
Sean X. Goudie

Director of the Center for American Literary Studies (on leave Spring 2023) and Associate Professor of English

(814) 865-3945
Tacee Sechler

CALS Administrative Assistant

Rafalko Headshot

CALS Graduate Research Assistant, 2022–2023

Mertes Headshot

CALS Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2022-2023

Chen Receives Distinguished Editor Award

Tina Chen has received the 2022 Distinguished Editor Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) for her work editing Verge: Studies in Global Asias. The selection committee praised Chen's foundational work in an emerging field, emphasizing that Chen has "helped develop a new field of Global Asias scholarship, created an infrastructure for the maintenance of that field, and developed a host of innovative frameworks for collaborative work and productive disagreement." The committee also noted Chen's work mentoring graduate students and collaborating with special-issue editors, and commended her for reminding us "what a great editor can do in fostering the intellectual environment in which new ideas can flourish."

Verge was previously named Best New Journal by the CELJ in 2016, and Chen was recently awarded a Henry Luce Foundation Grant for her directorship (alongside Charlotte Eubanks) of the related Global Asias Intiative.

Congratulations, Tina, on this remarkable achievement, one of many that recognizes your ongoing and important work in expanding the field of Global Asias studies!

Shara McCallum

2021-2022 Penn State Laureate and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English Shara McCallum has won the 2022 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry for her most recent collection, No Ruined Stone. Named for celebrated African-American writers Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the Hurston/Wright Foundation is a national organization of Black writers; its annual Legacy awards recognize exceptional poetry, fiction, andNo Ruined Stone nonfiction by Black writers from the U.S. and beyond. This year's judges praised No Ruined Stone as a "carefully researched, historical, and haunting book," and a "beautiful and deeply imaginative work" that "proves poetry's power to strike at the heart of complacency for all the talk and talk and talk of equality, freedom, and the rights of women."

Congratulations, Shara, on this award and the continued success of No Ruined Stone!

Richard Matthew Doyle

Richard Doyle, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, has won the 2022 Excellence in Honors Teaching Award. This award is presented annually by the Schreyer Honors College to an honors faculty member who has been nominated by their students for "exceptional commitment to honors instruction." Congratulations, Richard, on this outstanding recognition!

John "Jack" Selzer

Jack Selzer, Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of Literature, has won the 2022 Emeritus Distinction Award given by the College of Liberal Arts. This award recognizes an emeritus faculty member who demonstrates excellent work in every dimension of the profession, from research and teaching, to service within the university community and the general public. Jack has been an emeritus professor since 2013, and has spent more than four decades as part of the English department. Congratulations to Jack for continuing his substantial contributions to our academic community!

Shirley Moody-Turner

Shirley Moody-Turner, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, has won the 2022 Stephanie J. Pavouček Shields Faculty Award. Sponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts, this award recognizes tenured faculty members who engage in “professionally oriented service and mentoring on behalf of women at the university.” She is the fourth CALS-affiliated faculty member to win this award since 2015. Congratulations to Shirley for achieving this college-wide distinction!

Shannon McClellan Brooks, Ray Rosas, & Lauren Barnes

Shannon McClellan Brooks, Ray Rosas, and Lauren Barnes were collectively awarded a Diversity & Inclusion Initiative grant from the Graduate Alliance for Diversity & Inclusion (GADI) in support of their project, “Graduate Community in Conversation: Negotiating the Norms of Academic Writing,” a series of writing workshops for graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Shannon, Ray, and Lauren will oversee the inaugural series of workshops starting in Fall 2022. Congratulations to Shannon, Ray, and Lauren!