Department ofEnglish


Faculty Achievements

Simone Billings has worked on the 6th edition of The Well-Crafted Argument with Fred White – and is excited that two of her CTW students from Fall-Winter 2014-15 will have their final papers from Winter 2015 published in the 6th edition, which will be out in January 2016.  In Fall 2014,Billings served as a reviewer of student submissions for the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate English majors and minors.  In Winter 2015, Billings completed a 5-week MOOC called “Shaping the Way We Teach English: The Landscape of English Language Teaching,” a course in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.  Also in Winter, Billings chaired a session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, “Exploring Identifies:  Embodied and Disembodied,” as well as attending breakfast meetings of the Writing Program Administrators and the Jesuit Programs Writing Program Administrators (besides going to various sessions).  In Spring 2015, Billings piloted a hybrid Advanced Writing course, attended the Spring meeting of the Northern California-Nevada affiliate of Writing Program Administrators since she was president this year of that affiliate, was a stage 1 reviewer for submissions to the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication, and interviewed applicants for Phi Beta Kappa.  In Summer 2015, she was a moderator of one and a respondent to another session at The Young Rhetoricians Conference.  In August she also will serve again as a Discipline-Specific Reviewer for US applicants in English for Fulbright Scholar grants.

Phyllis Brown and Kevin Visconti (Leavey School of Business) represented Santa Clara University at the 4th convening of the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium, hosted this year at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business June 7-9. Phyllis and Kevin were invited to report on a study of ePortfolios and Pathway reflection essays in the open plenary session and then to lead discussion of the project in the following session. Their work involves collaboration with Christine Bachen (Communication Department and Director of Assessment), Susan Parker (Accounting Department), and Andrea Brewster (Curriculum Manager for ELSJ) in conjunction with their multi-year study of ePortfolios as a tool to deepen learning related to Core Pathways. Phyllis has served on the Advisory Board for the Consortium for the last two years.

Michelle Burnham published a review essay, “Literary Recovery in an Age of Austerity,” in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 32.1 (2015): 122-32. She edited volume 44 of the scholarly journal Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, which was published in March 2015. Michelle will also be serving as a reviewer for the ACLS Fellowship Program in 2015-16.

Diane Dreher received her Master’s degree in Counseling with a Health Psychology emphasis this June.  In Fall 2014, she published an empirical article with David Feldman and Robert Numan, “Controlling parents survey: Measuring the influence of parental control on personal development in college students,” in the College Student Affairs Journal. Her vocation identity questionnaire (Dreher, Holloway, & Schoenfelder, 2007) was used in the University of Chicago Medical School’s national study of vocation in medical students, published this year in Teaching and Learning in Medicine. She published a chapter, “Leading with compassion: A moral compass for our time,”in The psychology of compassion and cruelty: Understanding the emotional, spiritual, and religious influences, edited by Thomas G. Plante, and presented her findings in an “Ethics at Noon” panel on leadership in April. Her article, “’To tell my story’”: Grief and self-disclosure in Hamlet,” was accepted for publication this spring by the interdisciplinary journal, Illness, Crisis, and Loss.
This year Diane served as president of our campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Faculty Senate representative for the English Department, and a member of the Faculty Senate Task Force on Salaries and University Budget Priorities. She was elected president-elect of the Faculty Senate for 2015-16, and will be on sabbatical, working on her next book, in Fall 2015.

Andy Garavel’s article, “A Dublin Rape of the Lock: John Wilson Croker’s Amazoniad” has been published in Eighteenth Century Ireland. He has been serving as peer reviewer for The Irish University Review. On May 28, he and Tim Myers performed “An Evening of Storytelling” in the St. Clare Room, sponsored by the English Department and the University Library. Andy has been named to the Leadership Board of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kirk Glaser had two poems appear this year in Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, eight poems in The Sand Hill Review, one poem in The T.J. Eckleberg Review, and one poem in De La Mancha.

Jill Goodman was the faculty recipient of the Broncos Read Award for 2014-15. This University Library Award is given to faculty, student, staff and alumni for their contributions to the university, for their love of reading, and because they embody the values of the university. Jill Goodman received the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. John B. Drahmann Advising Award, 2013-14.  This was awarded in September, 2014, for “extraordinary dedication to student welfare through wise, informed, effective, and caring counsel” and for demonstrating “the ability to motivate other teachers and learners.”  In late summer 2014, Jill Goodman and Gail Gradowski published an article in the Oral History Review entitled “Using Online Video Oral Histories to Engage Students in Authentic Research.” Oral History Review.  41.2 (2014): 341-50.

John Hawley presented a paper, “Envisioning the Postcolonial and the Queer: Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother?” at a Graphic Novel conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and gave an invited public lecture, “From Tom of Finland to Vera Wang: Stonewalling Stonewall,” in Humboldt University’s W.E.B. DuBois’s lecture series.

Ron Hansen’s novel A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion was the subject of the keynote address (“A Plea in Favour of Guilt”) by French critic Adrian Grafe at the University of Bucharest on June 5th.

Jackie Hendricks presented a paper entitled “Criseyde Becomes Cresseid Becomes Criseyde: Chaucer’s, Henryson’s, and 16th-century Printers’ Negotiation of shared Literary Space” at the annual Medieval Association of the Pacific conference held in Reno, NV in April. She has since developed it into an article that she is submitting to be considered for publication.

Miah Jeffra was awarded the Lambda Literary Fellowship in Nonfiction, and was a Writer’s Grotto LitCamp attendee in fiction. Jeffra is also a featured reader at the BeastCrawl Literary Festival, through Pandemonium Press, in July. 

Maria Judnick will be presenting “Learning to Vary Sentence Structures” at her fourth AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander) Pedagogy Workshop at SJSU in June 2015.  She continues to blog for KQED Pop and recently celebrated publishing her thirtieth post for the website.

Nick Leither published Cook and Tell: Recipes and Their Stories at Santa Clara University.  The book, edited in collaboration with Maura Tarnoff and Stefanie Silva, collects twenty-three recipes and their accompanying narratives, written by SCU first-year students in Critical Thinking and Writing. The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review at John Hopkins University published his story, “Indications,” in June.  He continues to publish and edit collaborative writing on a blog he created for student work called Tense Present.

Michael S. Malone’s book The Intel Trinity, published last summer, was named the Best Business Book of 2014 by 800-CEO-READ, beating out the likes of Walter Isaacson’s latest book.  His new book, Team Genius (HarperCollins), co-authored with Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard, comes out in July.  Cost of Goods Sold, the second novel in his ‘Silicon Valley Quartet’ will be published later this month.  The second edition of his award-winning history, 4 Percent, was published last month.  Besides teaching English 71 for the first time, Malone has also filled his days writing editorials for the Wall Street Journal, averaging one per month so far in 2015.  He is currently writing under contract the pilot to a new television series.

Cruz Medina’s book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency was published by Palgrave MacMillan at the beginning of 2015. At the 2015 College Composition and Communication Conference, Cruz presented on his book as a part of a panel on self-identification with senior scholars in rhetoric and composition. Cruz’s coverage of the conference was featured prominently on NCTE’s website. In March, Cruz co-authored an article in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society that advocated for the ethical consideration of the experiences of people living in Arizona when discussing recent legislation. Cruz was also invited to present to community college faculty on culturally relevant rhetorical analysis as a part of the Puente program housed on UC Berkeley’s campus. As a part of Trish Serviss & Simone Billings’ Bannan Grant on writing, Cruz presented on multimodal writing and the Jesuit tradition on the Santa Clara University campus. In May, Cruz presented at the 2015 national conference for Computers and Writing at University of Wisconsin, Stout along with Trish Serviss and six undergraduate Santa Clara students in the LEAD program on the use of iPads in CTW courses. In June, Cruz has a short chapter in a collection called Teaching Latino/a Literature in the 21st Century along with Juan Velasco.

Tim Myers’ new book of poetry, Nectar of Story, is out June 17th from BlazeVOX Press.  Tim’s published three short stories, with PIF Magazine, Storytelling, and Exterminating Angel Magazine respectively, has an article on the Orpheus myth with Los Angeles Review of Books, an article with the Colorado College Bulletin, and three poems in an anthology about siblings.
Loring Pfeiffer successfully defended her dissertation, “The Politics of Desire: English Women Playwrights, Partisanship, and the Staging of Female Sexuality, 1660-1737,” on May 1.

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