People in the News



Longtime faculty member and director of the theater program Alan MacVey (left) was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, honoring professional and academic theater artists and scholars.

Christopher Gilbert MA ’10 received the NCTE Paul and Kate Farmer Writing Award for his article “Changing the Lens: The Necessity of Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom” (English Journal, March 2013).

Tom McKenna MA ’96 was named a Teaching Ambassador by the U.S. Department of Education for 2013–14. The fellowship program helps teachers bring classroom expertise to the national education dialogue for developing policy.

Sarah Nichols Dille MA ’04 earned the Teacher of the Year Award for the Austin, Texas, Independent School District, which includes more than 118 campuses.

Terri Vest MA ’84, MLitt ’95 received an America Achieves Fellowship and attended several sessions of Education Nation, where she spoke with policy makers, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


Simon J. Ortiz (right), faculty member and Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, received the Golden Tibetan Antelope Prize for International Poetry by the Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival (August 2013) in Xining Province, China.


Publications & Achievements


Christopher Ross MA ’04 published his first book, Resucito (CreateSpace, 2013). The epic poem is a playful “mish-mash of history.”


Eric Bliman (student 2003–05) was chosen by Vijay Seshadri as a winner of the 2013 Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship for his collection, Travel and Leisure.

Rebecca Makkai MA ’04 published a short piece, “Other Types of Poison,” in the July 2013 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Dean Woodring Blase MA ’01 was selected to be the director of curriculum and instruction for the public school system in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Heidi Boisvert MA ’00, a PhD candidate in Rensselaer’s Department of the Arts, directed the premiere of “[radical] signs of life,” a performance integrating music and images generated from networked dancers.


Lucille Rossbach MA ’02 edited Returning the Arts to Language Arts (Royal Fireworks Press, 2013), a collection of essays by teachers in the Colorado chapter of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network.


Timothy Quinn (current student) published On Grades and Grading: Supporting Student Learning through a More Transparent and Purposeful Use of Grades (R&L Education, July 2013).

Alexander Huang, faculty member and professor of English at George Washington University, cofounded and codirects the George Washington University Digital Humanities Institute. He also presented at a bipartisan U.S. congressional briefing for public support for the humanities.

JoBeth Allen, professor of language and literacy in the College of Education at the University of Georgia and faculty member in 1997 and 2001, coedited A Critical Inquiry Framework for K–12 Teachers: Lessons and Resources from the U.N. Rights of the Child (Teachers College Press, 2013).

Robert N. Watson, faculty member and Neikirk Professor of English at UCLA, published a poem, “The Greeter,” in the July 22 issue of the New Yorker and “The Complexity of Hope in Songs by Belle & Sebastian and Elvis Perkins” in the Journal of Popular Music Studies (Vol. 25).

Victor Luftig, faculty member and director of the University of Virginia Center for the Liberal Arts, was appointed academic coordinator for Semester at Sea. He sailed as academic dean in spring 2012 and will hold that position again in summer 2015.


C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College and faculty member Michael Katz (right) will play the role of the Bosnian gypsy Nico in the Middlebury College production of David Edgar’s Pentecost in November.


Mary Floyd-Wilson, faculty member and professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published Occult Knowledge, Science, and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage (Cambridge University Press, July 2013).

Faculty member and professor of English at the University of Arizona Damián Baca was appointed chair of the Standing Committee on International Concerns for the National Council of Teachers of English.


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