November 17, 2023

English Department faculty and graduate students have been actively presenting their work and sharing expertise at conferences. Summer and Fall 2023 presentations and creative readings include:

Technical Communication and Rhetoric graduate student Elle Smith presented “Adding Compassion to the Invitation: Communicating Student Attendance Policies” at the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication conference in Charleston, North Carolina.

Technical Communication and Rhetoric Assistant Professor Chen Chen, along with Drs. Yeqing Kong (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Lin Dong (University of International Business and Economics in China), presented “Designing Crisis Crowdsourcing: A Dynamic Critical Interface Analysis of Crisis Response Documentation in China” at the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group of Design of Communication (ACM-SIGDOC) conference in Orlando, Florida.

Technical Communication and Rhetoric graduate student Hannah Stevens also presented at the ACM-SIGDOC conference. Additionally, Hannah participated in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), highlighting undergraduate and graduate research and consisting of two rounds of competition at the conference. Hannah participated in the poster presentation (first round) and was a semi-finalist in the oral presentation (second round). Her presentation was titled: “Identifying Overlaps Between Guidelines of Inclusive Publishing Processes and Journal Policies.”

Avery Edenfield, Technical Communication and Rhetoric associate professor, presented "Confronting Legacies of Cissexist Standards in TPC” at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference.

Creative Writing Assistant Professor C.R. Grimmer presented “Fugitive Selfhood and Pleasure Sermons” at the Association for Arts of the Present (ASAP) annual conference.

With the recent publication of her book Call Up the Waters, Creative Writing Assistant Professor Amber Caron participated in a number of events. She read at launch events organized by To the Lighthouse and Skylight Books, and Amber shared her work at two Utah Humanities Festival of the Book events here in Utah. Locally, Amber read from her book at both Helicon West and an event on campus hosted by the English Department.

Senior Lecturer Russ Beck was featured on the Wade Out There podcast, discussing writing and fishing.

Assistant Professor Jessica Rivera-Mueller presented “Improving Teacher Education through Situated Definitions of Social Justice,” with Beth Spinner, at the National Council of Teachers of English conference.

Principal Lecturer John Engler presented a paper titled “A Stone at the Center of It: A Recontextualized Narrative of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone” at the annual conference of the Mormon History Association.

Professor Christine Cooper-Rompato presented a plenary-length paper titled “‘an hayr in thin hert’: Hairshirts in The Book of Margery Kempe” for the Medieval Mystical Tradition in England Exeter Symposium IX. Christine also presented “Hairshirts in Medieval Art” at the Rocky Mountain MLA conference, and she will share her work on “Teaching Medieval World Literature,” with particular attention to the medieval African literature class she’s developed, this December as part of an online event for the Medieval Association of the Pacific titled “Teaching the Global Medieval: Multidisciplinary Approaches.”

Lecturer Russ Winn, along with USU colleagues Neal Legler, Ludovic Attiogbe, and Emma Lynn, presented “An AI Coach in Canvas: Design and Implications” at the Teaching and Learning with AI conference in Orlando, Florida, sponsored by the University of Central Florida’s Digital Learning Center.

Lynne McNeil, associate professor in Folklore, presented “’My daughter took a picture with her!’: Negotiating Legends When Facts Point to Falsehoods” at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.

Joining Lynne at the American Folklore Society meeting was Folklore graduate student Missy Petersen, who presented "White Horse Village: A UFO Legend in Northern Utah.”

Jeannie Thomas, Folklore professor, gave a talk called “Creole Soul,” a discussion of the book she edited called Creole Soul: Zydeco Lives, at the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities.

Folklore graduate student Melanie Kimball is presenting “Frugal Feasting: Lingering Inheritances from the Great Depression” at the upcoming Folklore Society of Utah’s annual conference.