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English Matters Newsletter Spring 2018

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ENGLISH MATTERS QU EEN S COLLEGE • DE PARTMENT OF ENGLI SH • FALL 2017 Welcome to the latest issue of the Queens College English Department Newsletter. This year the Department was fortunate, despite continuing tightness in the College budget, to be given permission to conduct a search for a new Assistant Professor in British and global modernisms. We have been without any specialist in these important areas since the passing of Eddie Epstein several years ago. We received an exceptionally impressive range of applications, and from them we were able to attract Cliff Mak, who received his PhD this past year from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation entitled "Virtuoso Beasts: Modernist Fables and the Vitality of Style." In addition, the Department was able to fill two full-time Lecturer positions. In the Fall, Marco Navarro, a specialist in composition/rhetoric studies and a recent PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (whose dissertation is entitled "Pedagogical Interludes into the Digital: A Field Study of Prison Writing Pedagogy"), will join us to teach writing and general education courses and take on the administrative position of Director of the Writing Center. Megan Paslawski, a specialist in twentieth/twenty-first- century American studies and a soon-to- be PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center (whose dissertation is entitled "The Way We Dream Now: Contemporary Queer Memoir from the US"), will join us to teach writing and American literature courses and take on the administrative position of Associate Director of the First Year Initiative (FYI). We're very happy to welcome these three talented young scholars and teachers to the Department, and especially happy that we have been able to continue the renewal of faculty needed after recent retirements. Our faculty is the lifeblood of the Department with its ability to provide top-notch, current, and engaged research-driven teaching and mentoring for our students. As you may know, the Department conducted a systematic reorganization of the English major several years ago, which resulted in a new set of required courses. From the Desk of the Chair Glenn Burger Thank you to all the people who worked so diligently in the development of this newsletter: Central Receiving, Office of Communications, the Development Office, Reprographics, John Rice, Kim Smith, Tiffany Smith, Tiffany Thomas, and Andrea Walkden.

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