Collaborations — Many members of our English Department work collaboratively with other writers and scholars, but as far as I know, only Andrew Hartley has entered into a collaboration with a rock star. Andrew and Tom DeLonge (the lead singer of Blink-182 and the founder of the new rock band Angels and Airwaves) have just published their co-authored thriller novel titled Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows. This novel, which is intended to be the first in a series, has already received a number of very positive reviews.
Andrew’s latest collaboration prompted me to think of other English professors who engage in collaborative work. A number of our professors have regular research and writing collaborators. Here are three examples that immediately come to mind. Jen Munroe often collaborates with Rebecca Laroche and Lynne Bruckner on scholarly projects related to ecocriticism and ecofeminist theory. JuliAnna Avila often collaborates with Jessica Zacher Pandya on research related to digital literacy. Boyd Davis has a long list of collaborators, but recently she has worked on numerous gerontology-related projects with Dena Shenk, the former Director of UNC Charlotte’s Gerontology Program.
Several of our faculty members collaborate with other faculty on teaching-related projects. Kirk Melnikoff, for example, has team-taught several sections of a Prospect-for-Success with Kent Brintnall from the Department of Religious Studies. Their course is titled “Sexing Shakespeare,” and it is tied to the General Education Program. In their course, they apply contemporary theories of gender and sexuality to Shakespeare’s plays. Ralf Thiede and Dan Boisvert from the Department of Philosophy are also co-teaching a Prospect-for Success course. Their course introduces students to the evolution of human language as well as the impact of language on the evolution of humans. Allison Hutchcraft and our visiting creative writer, Michelle Cahill, worked closely together in developing Michell’s advanced creative writing course. While they did not co-teach the course, they fully collaborated in the preparation of the course.
I could list many more examples of faculty members from English who regularly engage in collaborative writing, research and teaching projects, but the above mentioned examples demonstrate that our department is not a collection of isolated professors working in the solitude of their offices. While most of us do collaborate with rock stars, the department as a whole rocks when it comes to collaborative projects and mutual support.
Kudos— As you know, I like to use my Monday Missives to share news about recent accomplishments by members of our department. Here is the latest news:
Sarah Davis, one of our graduate students, has accepted her offer (with full funding) to become part of the PhD program in English at SUNY Stony Brook in the fall.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines— Here is an important date to keep in mind:
May 14 — The CLAS Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 14, at 10:00 AM in the Student Activity Center.
Quirky Quiz Question — Andrew Hartley’s new collaborator, Tom DeLonge, became famous when his band, Blink-182, released their debut album in 1995. The title of this album comes from the name of a fading feline from British children’s literature. Can you guess the title of Blink-182’s debut album?
Last week’s answer: the dodo bird
In addition to teaching creative writing courses, Allison Hutchcraft is a publishing poet. She has published a number of poems that make reference to a particular type of bird that was once common in America. Do you know what type of birds do so often show up in Allison’s poems?