Adjunct position – English – Sherman, TX

The English department at Austin College is looking for an adjunct to fill two courses open this Fall 2014 semester. The courses are Eng 114 (expository writing) and Eng 121 (introduction to literature). Compensation is $5k/class.

The successful candidate must have at least an M.A. in English. Ph.D. preferred. Review of applications is ongoing.

If interested, send a CV, brief cover letter, and the names and contact information for two references to Greg Kinzer, Chair of English at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Greg Kinzer
Chair and Associate Professor of English / Director of American Studies
Austin College
900 North Grand Avenue, suite 61649
Sherman, TX 75090

RAW 2014 Schedule

Poster in PDF format: RAW_2014

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium
Richardson, Texas
March 21-22, 2014

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Mary Larson of OSU
Doris Neustadt Professor of Library Service and
the Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University

Keynote Address:
“Framing a New Approach to the Academic Life:
Digital Humanities and the Six Ages of Scholarship”

Friday, March 21:
Roundtable Discussion: “The Changing Face of the Humanities”
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – ATC Lobby
Opening Reception 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – ATC Lobby

Saturday, March 22:
Breakfast/Registration 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – ATC Lobby
Opening Remarks 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM – ATC Lobby
Session One 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Session Two 10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Session Three 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
Lunch 12:20 PM – 2:00 PM – ATC 2nd Floor Lobby
Keynote Address, Dr. Mary Larson 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – ATC Lobby
Session Four 3:10 PM – 4:10 PM
Session Five 4:20 PM – 5:20 PM
Session Six 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Closing Remarks 7:00 PM – 7:15 PM – ATC Lobby
After Party (TBD)


Versatile PhD Event – Careers in Social Media

This week, March 10-14, “Careers in Social Media” will be discussed in the Humanities Forum. Nice range of humanists and social scientists on the panel. Details:

The PhD Career Finder lets you explore careers by discipline. Anyone may use the PhD Career Finder. Give it a try:

Amtrack Writer’s Residency

A test-run for Amtrak Residency was done by Manhattan-based writer Jessica Gross, whose piece, Writing The Lakeshore Limited was published in February by The Paris Review. What followed was overwhelming support on Twitter and in the media with #AmtrakResidency being featured in The Wire, The New Yorker, and Huffington Post among others.

Today we are happy to announce that #AmtrakResidency will allow for up to 24 writers to take long-distance trains to work on their projects. Each writer’s round-trip journey will include accommodations on board a sleeper car equipped with a bed, a desk and outlets. We hope this experience will inspire creativity and most importantly fuel your sense of adventure!

UT Dallas Veterans Center Event – Got Your 6 – Today

Got Your 6 (GY6) – Veteran Services Center
Thursday, Mar 6  (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Location: MC1.204
Contact Info: Melani Sherbet
Questions? Email Melani.

GY6 is a monthly service program held inside the Veteran Services Center.  Personal service providers include financial planners, a VA accredited attorney, health & wellness providers and academic & career coaches, to name a few.  Contact the Veteran Services Center for more information or to sign up for a consultation appointment.  All appointments are filled on a first-come, first-serviced basis.

This month’s provider:

VA Accredited Attorney

CFP UTA conference on Digital Humanities

The University of Texas at Arlington is proud to announce the 2nd Annual UTA English Graduate Conference on Saturday, April 5, 2014

Theme: “Digital Utopias: Literary Space(s) in the Digital Age”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Greenspan, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

Brian Greenspan is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University. He is the founding Director of the Hyperlab, a Digital Humanities research centre, and inventor of the StoryTrek locative media authorware for games, interactive stories, and historical simulations.  His research interests include utopian narratives, digital cultures, and the intersections between them.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Roemer (UT Arlington), author of four books on utopia including Utopian Audiences and The Obsolete Necessity, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in American History. Dr. Roemer’s topic: “The Absolute Truth about Utopia.”

Call for Papers

Perhaps no recent “field” of English studies has gained more steam and momentum than digital humanities. Concurrent with our ever-increasing digital paradigm, the humanities have been enveloped into the mix. Texts are being created, published, and encountered in strictly digital formats. English courses are being taught—and taken—in completely online formats. And traditional critical approaches are shifting to cohere to our technology-saturated culture.

While this shift towards digital humanities is seemingly necessary, we seek to ask certain questions about the nature of this shift and the ways in which more traditional approaches to literature, composition, and pedagogy can coexist with and survive among these new trends. Specific questions include: What effects does the shift toward digital humanities have on the texts being produced and on a reader’s experience with said texts? Are digital texts a pathway to a “utopian” reading experience, in which readers are able to have all tools and resources available as they read? Or do digital texts and classrooms somehow hinder individual experiences with the humanities? How exactly do the humanities exist in the digital age?

Along with answers to these questions, possible topics and approaches include:

–          Digital text production and/or reading texts in digital formats

–          Authorship in the digital age

–          Digital humanities in the context of gaming

–          The literary space of social media

–          Digital humanities and pedagogy

Along with these topics, we also welcome papers in all other traditional areas of study in literature, composition and rhetoric, and pedagogy. All genres, time periods, and areas of literary study are encouraged. We welcome traditional abstracts of 200-400 words, along with panel proposals—please include an abstract for the entire panel, along with brief explanations of the intended presentations. Please send abstracts (with the subject line “UTAEGC 2013”), along will all other inquiries, to the following email address. Deadline for submissions is March 9, 2014.