Welcome to the official blog for Villanova's Graduate English Program! Come back often for updates on conference opportunities, guest speakers, student accomplishments, alumni news, and more. Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for more updates.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Best Snack in a Graduate Seminar 2018-2019 Edition!

Christie’s Icelandic Cake was the 2018-2019 Best Snack in a Graduate Seminar!

best snack graduate seminar award

English Faculty's 2019 Summer Reading Recommendations!

The English department has just issued its sixth annual faculty summer reading recommendations list! Jump over to the post in Recommended Books to check it out. (That page also has lists from previous summers--just keep scrolling and click "Older Posts" at the bottom of the page!)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Job Opportunity! Communications Administrative Support Assistant - PASNAP

Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals

Communications Administrative Support Assistant
(Based primarily in suburban Philadelphia, PA)

PASNAP is the fastest growing union of nurses and health professionals in the state of Pennsylvania. We are seeking a Communications Administrative Support Staff person to join our dynamic team as we mobilize to advance the rights of nurses and health professionals. This person will be assigned to work with our political and research staff from our Conshohocken office, located in suburban Philadelphia.

Qualifications and Requirements:
The ideal candidate will have some experience with social media, email, mass texting, flyer layout, and web design including Squarespace. Strong writing skills are a plus.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a résumé to Lisa Leshinski at: lleshinski@pasnap.com. Prior applicants may resubmit a résumé for any open PASNAP position.

PASNAP is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Full posting can be found here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

9th Annual Thesis & Field Exam Symposium

Thanks to everyone who attended our 9th Annual Thesis & Field Exam Symposium! It was great to hear from our soon-to-graduate classmates on their recent projects.

Alex Einspahr presents "A Prison of the Body"
Brian Borosky presents "Composing Home"

Here's who presented, along with their topics:
  • Angela Christaldi, “Sister of the ‘Weary Fraternity’: Louisa May Alcott’s Reconciliation to Transcendentalism via Her Writings about the American Civil War”
  • Joseph Alicea, “In-between and Overflowing: Meta-archipelagic Visions of Identity, Community, and Tradition in the Literary Production of Pedro Pietri”
  • Alexandria Einspahr, “A Prison of the Body: Illness, Incarceration, and the Embodiment of Form in Memoir”
  • Brian Borosky, “Composing Home: Things, World, and Futurity in the Poetry of George Oppen”
  • Christie Leonard, “Medicine, Disease, and Pathology in Nineteenth-Century British Gothic Fiction”
  • Nicholas Manai, “The Anglophone Novel of Living and Dying: Non-Self, Impersonal Energy and the Dissolution of Subjectivity in Contemporary Fiction”
  • Amelia Mrozinski, “Modernism and the Repurposing of Institutionally Built Space”
  • Ashley DiRenzo, “Does it Matter of Joyce (Alone) was a Feminist?: Using Contemporary Adaptations of Ulysses to Understand Molly Bloom”
Great work, everyone!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Villanova’s Center for Speaking and Presentation (CSP) Position (Next Academic Year)

A new position for grad students has recently been announced, a position with Villanova’s Center for Speaking and Presentation (CSP), which will be entering its third year in the Fall of 2019.  The Center will be hiring at least one graduate student tutor for a two-year appointment.

Tutors receive tuition remission of 6 credits per semester (so it won’t quite cover the usual full-time graduate schedule of 9 credits each semester), plus an hourly rate of $9.60.  Tutors commit to 12-14 hours per week, most of which are spent tutoring; some are spent providing workshops and class visits.  The director, Juliana Studer, says that applicants who have worked as a peer tutor before or who have taken public speaking courses would have a competitive edge in the applicant pool.  She also says that since this is a fairly new service, tutors in the CSP have the unique opportunity to help nurture and shape a growing service, which may be of interest for any applicants seeking a future career in higher education or student support positions; CSP tutors have done everything from developing workshops and resources to presenting at national conferences.

To apply, send a cover letter (which should address any experience or training in public speaking and any work as a peer tutor), a résumé, and a transcript (which can be informal), to Juliana Studer, MFA, Assistant Director of Tutoring Services, at juliana.studer@villanova.edu.

Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Grad Assistant Position Opportunity (Next Academic Year)

Graduate Assistant – CLAS External Relations and Communications Office
The College’s Office of External Relations and Communications is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support the team with a variety of projects and responsibilities including drafting correspondence on behalf of the Dean, assisting with project management and producing presentations for college-wide events. Additional tasks may include taking photos or videos for social media at on-campus events, taking photos of faculty or students for the website and assisting with event promotion.

Applicants must have excellent writing skills, an intermediate competency level in Excel and Microsoft Word. Experience in Photoshop, InDesign and video editing software is a plus.

Applicants should have excellent time-management skills and the ability to manage a variety of moving parts in one project.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Call for Presenters: 9th Annual Thesis & Field Exam Symposium

From last year's symposium--look at all the learning!!

The Ninth Annual Thesis and Field Examination Symposium will take place on Monday, May 6th from 5:30-7:30pm in SAC 300

This event is a great opportunity for students who are completing the program to present their research, while also giving first-year students a sense of the sorts of projects that are undertaken as master’s theses and field examinations.  We typically have two consecutive one-hour sessions, in which students offer ten-minute presentations of their research.  The event is structured to allow for plenty of time for comments and questions by audience members and other presenters.  We will have some refreshments at the start of the event, and offer a hot dinner to follow.

If you are currently working on a thesis or field exam we encourage you to present your work!  Whether you will be finishing this semester or over the summer, this can be an opportunity for you to share your completed work—or to think about your work as you are continuing it—by sharing your hard work with fellow students and faculty.

If you would like to present, please email Evan by Friday, April 26. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Student Sustainability Coordinator position on campus!

The Student Sustainability Coordinator will assist the Sustainability Manager in supporting student targeted events and programming.
• Lead, guide, and train students, and/or volunteers working on campus sustainable efforts.
• Lead the launch of the new Nova Bike Share Program starting in Fall 2019.
• Organize and lead the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) fall training.
• Run campus sustainability related efforts during freshmen orientation.
• Research existing and available sustainable technologies and programs to evaluate potential of implementation on Villanova’s campus.
• Compile data and information for annual reports, including but not limited to AASHE STARS report, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and APPA survey.
• Outreach to campus community and other sustainability offices on college campuses.
Write, edit and publicize the monthly sustainability newsletter.
• Provide support for campus sustainability events.
• Assist in Campus Garden management.
• Assist in managing the Office of Sustainability budget.

Please note: The position lists AutoCAD as a desired requirement. Even if you don’t have knowledge of AutoCAD please apply, it is not required, just desired.  

Position runs from Summer 2019 through Spring 2020, with the option to serve a second year.
Contact Liesel Schwarz (liesel.schwarz@villanova.edu) with any questions!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Grad Students Published in CONCEPT

Congratulations to Alex Einspahr, Cassandra Modica, Kristen Sieranski, Lia Mrozinski, Sarah Morgan, Nicholas Keough, Nick Manai, and Jesse Schwartz, who were all published in the Spring 2019 volume of CONCEPT, Villanova's interdisciplinary journal of graduate studies! Papers written by Alex, Cassandra, and Kristen were published in CONCEPT's print issue, and papers by Lia, Sarah, Nicholas, Nick, and Jesse were published in CONCEPT online.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Photos From the Spring Colloquium

Thanks to everyone who came our spring colloquium, featuring Dagmawi Woubshet from the University of Pennsylvania.  His talk was entitled “Outside the Temple: James Baldwin’s Changing View of Love and Sexuality" -- you can read his article, published in The Atlantic this past January, here!

Dr. Kamran Javadizadeh introduces Dr. Woubshet

Essay Contest Submissions Due Friday April 12

Are you seeking eternal glory? What about some $$? The deadline for the Margaret Powell Esmonde Memorial Award is coming up soon! Make sure to submit by next Friday, April 12

This award is given to “the most distinguished scholarly or critical essay written by a graduate student in English” (not something that has been submitted as part of an M.A. thesis). 

Submissions should be e-mailed to Sharon Rose-Davis, English Department administrative assistant.  For further details about how to submit a paper, see the English Essay Prizes webpage.

The recipient of the award receives a $250 prize!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Join Villanova Literary Fest for a Reading from Claudia Rankine! Thurs, 4/4

Dr. Joe Drury Gives Talk at Yale Colloquium & 18th Century Studies Meeting

It's been a busy couple of months for Dr. Joe Drury. In February, he gave a talk at a colloquium on science and literature organized by the Yale English Department's 18th- and 19th-Century Studies group. His talk was called, "Samuel Johnson and the Science of the Living World." Read more about it here!

Just last week, Dr. Drury also gave a paper at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual meeting in Denver. His paper was called, "Achilles on the Couch, or, Why Did Eighteenth-Century Physicians Use Fictional Characters as Case Studies?"

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring Colloquium! Tuesday, April 2

Our upcoming spring colloquium will feature Dagmawi Woubshet from the University of Pennsylvania.  His talk is entitled “Outside the Temple: James Baldwin’s Changing View of Love and Sexuality."

From the poster:
Dagmawi Woubshet is Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he works at the intersections of African American, LGBTQ, and African studies. He is the author of The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015) and the co-editor of Ethiopia: Literature, Art, and Culture, a special issue of the journal Callaloo (2010). His writing has appeared in many publications, including Transition, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Aperture, The Atlantic, and African Lives: An Anthology. He is currently completing a second book, Here Be Saints: James Baldwin’s Late Style.

See you there!