Faculty engage in activities

Oct. 3, 2012


Faculty members in Henderson State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy have been active publishing literature, presenting papers, and participating in a variety of projects.

“Engaging in activities that inspire them to grow and improve as scholars and teachers, our faculty members model for their students the very skills and abilities they strive to teach and nurture,” said Dr. Peggy Dunn Bailey, professor of English and chair of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy. “Many of their students have established successful careers in education, law, and business, and many have gone on to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees at other institutions of higher learning including Louisiana State University, Texas Tech, the University of Chicago, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, England).”

Dr. Wayne McGinnis
Dr. Wayne McGinnis, professor of English, attended the 38th annual meeting of the Arkansas Philological Association at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where he delivered a paper entitled Kafka Before Birth: Pre-natal and Peri-natal Elements in Some Works of Kafka.

Dr. Marck Beggs
Since August 2011, Dr. Marck Beggs, professor of English, has published poems and flash fiction in the literary journals Toad Suck Review, Clade Song, and Toad. He has also moderated a panel of Arkansas Arts Council grant winners at the Arkansas Literary Festival, read poetry and performed songs at the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) annual meeting in Chicago. He was the featured poet and songwriter at the Poet’s Loft in Hot Springs.

Dr. Peggy Bailey
Building upon her recent series of essays on contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, Dr. Peggy Dunn Bailey presented a paper, titled Tapping the Vein of the Southern Gothic: O’Connor’s Wise Blood and Smith’s Saving Grace, at the 2012 meeting of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Her ongoing work in British Romanticism resulted most recently in an article on the poetry of Ann Radcliffe, published in the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature, released by Wiley-Blackwell in January 2012.

Dr. Stephanie Barron
Dr. Stephanie Barron, associate professor of English, was awarded an online learning mini-grant by Henderson for a project entitled Peer Review, Self-Assessment Teaching Program (Spring 2012). Barron is also continuing her research on the American Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller and the border scholar Gloria Anzaldúa.

Dr. Wal Gudrian
Dr. Wal Gudrian, assistant professor of German and French, published original poetry in German in the anthology Lyrik and Prosa unserer Zeit (2010-11). She also established a French Abroad Program in Quebec, Canada, at the University Trois-Rivières. Three Henderson students participated in the program in Quebec in the summer of 2012. Gudrian recently established websites dedicated to the German and French minors, accessible via link from the department webpage at www.hsu.edu.

Martha Dale Cooley
Martha Dale Cooley, assistant professor of English, served as co-chair for the South Central Writing Centers Association conference, Writing Centers as Sites of Discovery and Exploration: From Rubble to Diamonds, held in Little Rock earlier this year. The title of her presentation was It’s All in the Diamond Cutting Process: Effective Tutoring in Tough Times. Cooley is the Arkansas representative on the SCWCA executive board.

Dr. Steven Todd
Dr. Steven Todd, assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper entitled Rigorous Re-education and Retention at the 19th International AAPT Conference on Teaching Philosophy, and two papers at the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (March 2012): Heterophenomenology Re-reconsidered: Defending Dennett and A Case Study Demonstrating that Definitions of Consciousness in Terms of Neurology Must Ultimately Rely on Subjective Reports. Todd was also awarded an online learning mini-grant for a project entitled Peer Review, Self-Assessment Teaching Program.

Dr. Maryjane Dunn
Dr. Maryjane Dunn, assistant professor of Spanish, published her translation of a Spanish short story, The Pilgrim’s Dance,” by early 20th century author Emilia Pardo Bazán in the Bulletin of the Confraternity of Saint James, and continued her investigations into Pardo Bazán’s writings by writing and presenting a paper at the Louisiana conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Dunn also addressed the National Gathering of American Pilgrims on the Camino, speaking about (Historical) Authenticity on the Camino de Santiago: The Clothes Make the Pilgrim, and presented original research at the First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Dr. Suzanne Tartamella
Dr. Suzanne Tartamella, assistant professor of English, has a monograph, Lauding and Loathing in Shakespeare: Skepticism and the Ethics of Praise, currently under review at Duquesne University Press. Her article on The Taming of the Shrew and the dark-lady sonnets is forthcoming in the September 2013 issue of English Literary Renaissance.

Tricia Baar
Tricia Baar, instructor of English, presented a paper titled ‘Words Like Musket Fire’: Reading Flannery O’Connor's ‘A Late Encounter with the Enemy’as Ars Poetic at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference in Atlanta, Ga. Earlier this year, she gave a public reading of her original poetry at the Poet’s Loft in Hot Springs. For Fall 2012, Baar adapted all of her courses for online delivery.

Dr. Beth Maxfield
Dr. Beth Maxfield, instructor of English, presented the results of a research project at the College English Association’s annual convention in Richmond, Va. The presentation was entitled Pressures to Retain, Graduate Students: Do They Cross the Border of Quality?

Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson, instructor of English, just completed his third year of service to the Southwest Arkansas Preparatory Academy.

Dr. Drew Smith
Dr. Drew Smith, director for the Center of International Programs and adjunct instructor of philosophy, moderated the panel discussion The Abrahamic Faiths in Dialogue. Earlier this year, he presented a lecture series entitled Children of Abraham: Understanding the Interrelationship and Interdependence between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam at the First Presbyterian Church in Camden.

Amanda Ritter-Maggio
Amanda Ritter-Maggio, adjunct instructor of English, was selected to present a paper at the Southern Women Writers’ Conference in Rome, Ga.

Susan Sward
Susan Sward, adjunct instructor of English, published her first novel, Immaculate Conceptions, in January.

To learn more about Henderson State University and the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy, please go to www.hsu.edu.




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