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Patrick Murphy, Associate Professor of English and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, is one of the recipients of the 2014 Provost Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.

The award goes to faculty and staff members who have provided exemplary academic advising to undergraduate students. Awardees must demonstrate a high quality of information and advice, outstanding support for students, and accessibility to students.

Murphy will be honored at the first faculty assembly meeting on September 16th, 2014.

  • McKee Recognized for Career Development

Associate Professor Heidi McKee received a 2014 Excellence in Career Development Award from the student affairs division of Miami University. 

April 2014

  • Ph.D. Student Wins CAS Teaching Award

Literature Ph.D. student Joseph Cheatle was selected as a recipient of the College of Arts and Science Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. The award carries a $500 honorarium which will be presented at a gala luncheon during finals week.

  • Cho Receives Global Teaching & Learning Award

Associate Professor Yu-Fang Cho has just been named by the Miami University Liberal Education Council (LEC) as the co-winner of the 2014 Global Teaching and Learning Award based on her teaching practice in AAA/ENG/WGS 351: Cultural Politics in of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America.

Cho was recognized for "craft[ing] an inquiry-based approach around global themes" and for helping "orchestrate meaningful conversations among the diverse students at Miami who enroll in your class."

  • Bromley Wins Slomsen Fellowship

Associate Professor Jim Bromley recently won the Slomsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the 2014-2015 academic year for his book project, Style, Subjectivity, and Male Sexuality in Early Modern English Drama, which the Selection Committee found "absolutely fascinating." Bromley will be spending the next academic year in Madison working on his project and taking part in the intellectual life of the Institute. 

February 2014

  • Cho and Corbett Awarded Fellowships

Professors Yu-Fang Cho and Mary Jean Corbett have received fellowships from the RIHSS and ACLS respectively to pursue current projects.

Associate Professor Yu-Fang Cho was awarded a research fellowship by the Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS) for her current book project, Globalization’s Romance: Interracial Intimacies and the Paradox of U.S. Multiculturalism.

The RIHSS was established in early 2012 by the National Social Science Council in Taiwan. The Fellowship Program is now housed and administered at National Taiwan University, the top research university in Taiwan.


Professor Mary Jean Corbett was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for her project Behind the Times: Virginia Woolf in Fin-de-Siècle Context. 

The ACLS is the leading private institution to advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences (mission statement). ACLS Fellows are scholars who are "engaged in creating new knowledge that benefits our understanding of the world" (acls.org).

  • CELTUA Commends 54 Faculty Members

The Center for Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment (CELTUA) recognized fifty-four English Department faculty for contributions to student learning and development.

The faculty members were specifically identified by students in the 2013 Graduation Survey as having played an instrumental role in the students’ intellectual growth. "As I was reading the students' comments, I was deeply impressed and moved," English Department Chair LuMing Mao said. "Their comments were absolutely glowing and heart-warming."

  • Faculty Awarded Summer Research Appointments

The Miami University 2013-2014 Committee on Faculty Research has announced summer research appointments for 2014. English Department faculty members Mary Jean Corbett, Linh Dich, Tim Melley, and Keith Tuma are among the recipients this year.

    • Literature Professor Mary Jean Corbett will conduct research for a project titled: “Behind the Times: Virginia Woolf in Fin-de-Siecle Context.”
    • Linh Dich, Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric, received a research appointment to pursue, "Writing the Digital Public and Constructions of Difference."
    • Literature Professor Tim Melley received a summer appointment as well as a separate grant to conduct research on "The Democratic Security State: Terror, Security, and the Transformation of Citizenship."
    • Literature and Creative Writing Professor, Keith Tuma will work with John Millard, head librarian of King Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship, to research "UK Poetry: A History of the Archive."
  • Patterson Wins CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award

Miami Hamilton’s Visiting Assistant Professor Gina Patterson received the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s (CCCC) inaugural Lavender Rhetorics Dissertation Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship for “Doing Justice: Addressing the LGBTQ-Religious Junction in English Studies.” Patterson’s person-based research explores solutions for critically and ethically engaging at the intersections of sexuality, gender identity, and religious discourse. Her work demonstrates how pressures to perform an alleged pedagogical neutrality minoritize lgbtq students and faculty by insisting on an even rhetorical playfield that doesn’t exist in practice. As an alternative, she advocates a pedagogy of "radical hospitality" that opens a space for transformative dialogue across religious, gender, and sexual difference. 

The Lavender Rhetorics Award recognizes scholars who achieve “a high level of excellence in their originality, the significance of their pedagogical or theoretical contributions to the field, and their existing or potential influence.” (CCCC)

January 2014

  • Faculty Receive CCCC Dissertation Awards

Composition and rhetoric faculty Lisa Blankenship and Lihn Dich each received an Honorable Mention for the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2014 James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Blankenship’s dissertation, “Changing the Subject: A Theory of Rhetorical Empathy” met with praise from the selection committee: "the way that your dissertation articulates a theory of emotional intersubjectivity that you term “rhetorical empathy…By going beyond accepted notions of rhetoric as the means of persuasion, you suggest strategies for co-identification and practices of respectful listening." 

The CCCC award letter for Dich’s dissertation, “Technologies of Racial Formation: Asian-American Online Identities,” emphasized her “fine command of critical race theory and whiteness studies, triangulating the historical black/white binary to introduce Asian identities and disrupt static and stereotypical racial notions." 

The James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award goes to a student whose dissertation “improves the education process in composition studies, or adds to the field’s body of knowledge, through research or scholarly inquiry.” (CCCC)