English Departmet Updates

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the annual DePaul Fest Concert taking place on campus TODAY, May 24th, 2013, Public Safety will be closing Arts and Letters Hall at 5:30 p.m.  The English department offices will close at 5:30 as well.

And don’t forget, the University and English Department Offices are closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no Monday classes, and the office will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 28th.


Sigma Tau Delta’s Open Mic & Poetry Reading with Debra Bruce has been rescheduled, and will now be taking place on Friday, May 31st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall, room 404. The first hour will be an open mic at which all are invited to participate. The second hour will feature a guest reading by Debra Bruce.

For more information, follow the link above to our previous post, or join the Facebook group at facebook.com/events/155132487992980/


An additional graduate-level English course has been approved for the Summer I schedule. The course, a combined 309 Topics in Writing/484 Writing Workshop: The Art of Revision, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:15 p.m. and will be taught by Prof. Dan Stolar.  The course is currently not listed in the registration system, but please continue to check Campus Connect as it will be added soon. You can see the course description here.

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Prof. Stolar at dstolar@depaul.edu.


Have a fun and restful Memorial Day Weekend; we’ll see you next week!


Two Summer Teaching Opportunities

This month, the DePaul English Department is holding a series of Student Information Sessions with the candidates for the Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature, a tenure-track position in The Department of English to begin in September, 2013. A total of three sessions will be held in ALH 210-11, one for each candidate. All DePaul English Graduate Students are encouraged to attend and give their input.

The third and final Student Information Session will be held this Monday, January 28th, with Megan Cook. Cook’s background includes:

  • August 2011-present: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English, Bowdoin College
  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Pennsylvania, August 2011
  • M.A., English and American Literature, New York University, May 2005
  • B.A., Political Science and English Literature, University of Michigan, May 2003
  • Dissertation: The Poet and the Antiquaries: Renaissance Readers and Chaucerian Scholarship

The student Q&A with Cook will be held from 1:30-2:15 in the Student Resource Center, ALH 210-11. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you are invited to attend the English Department sessions which will be held from 3:30-5:00 on the same days. The English Department looks forward to hearing your feedback.


Duke University’s African and African American Studies and the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality is accepting applications from interested high school English teachers for a Summer Institute for High School Teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The African American Literature and Social History Summer Institute for High School Teachers will take place on July 8 – 26th, 2013 at Duke University. The proposed summer institute will provide the opportunity for 25 secondary school teachers to study both well-known and less familiar but significant works in African American literature and to examine the interplay between fictional narratives and social, historical, and philosophical frames. NEH summer scholars will be encouraged to integrate literary analysis and criticism with insights drawn from research in social history using readings of African American literature with social, historical and philosophical writings relevant to the frame and context of the fictional works.

Duke University’s African and African American Studies and the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality are now accepting applications for this program. Online applications can be found at aaas.duke.edu/neh-summer-institute. The deadline to apply is March 4th, 2013, but summer positions tend to fill up by mid-February. To participate in the interview process, be sure to submit an application on the website by the end of January.

Please contact the Research Network at (919) 681-4976 with any questions.


The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2013 teaching positions. They are seeking applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline, and provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Their classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

The Institute is looking to hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

You can submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at: instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com.

New Job & Internship Info

All are encouraged to attend a RESUME AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP FOR ENGLISH STUDENTS on Wednesday, May 30th from 5:00-6:00p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall Room 308. The workshop will by run by Ed Childs of the DePaul Career Center.


Current MAE and MAWP students looking for a summer internship should check their email for six summer internship opportunities available exclusively to DePaul students at this time.


In These Times has a job opening for a Web Editor. In These Times, a not-for-profit national monthly magazine based in Chicago, seeks an editor to manage inthesetimes.com and guide the magazine’s continued expansion into the digital frontier. Who are we looking for? A journalist and digital strategist who:

  • loves to think big about how serious journalism can survive on the Internet.
  • has experience managing a journalistic website, and knows what CMS and SEO stand for
  • has edited everything from blog posts to 3,000-word feature stories—quickly.
  • wants to play a multifaceted role in a mission-driven progressive organization.
  • is comfortable managing writers and interns.

The person hired will also help edit the print edition of the magazine. A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to In These Times’ mission is required. The successful applicant is expected to be fully involved in working with the staff in planning the magazine’s expansion and growth. HTML/CSS and photo editing skills strongly preferred.

Salary based on experience. Four-weeks paid vacation. Employer matched 401(k). Employer-paid medical and dental benefits. Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples and two editing samples to webeditor@inthesetimes.com. No phone calls. This Chicago-based position will remain open until filled. In These Times is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to apply.

DePaul Summer Writing Conference: A Student’s Perspective

The DePaul Summer Writing Conference was held this past summer from July 16-18, 2010. Trudie Gauerke shares her thoughts on the experience. Trudie is a second-year MAWP student and acquisitions editor at Publications International, Ltd. in Lincolnwood.

At the risk of sounding like a fifth-grade composition teacher, take a moment to think about how you spent your summer vacation. Did you dabble in writing specialties you might not otherwise fit in your Masters program, or meet with professors you might not have the opportunity to take a class from? Were you introduced to writers and editors from around the country that motivated you to advance your own creative projects? The Office of Continuing and Professional Education’s 2010 Summer Writing Conference was a great opportunity to do all of that, and with programs packed into a word-filled weekend (July 16-18), there were plenty of other days left for baking at the beach.

With over twenty-five different workshops, panels, and presentations, the conference covered topics like what literary journals want, writing for teens, and ethics in memoir writing. Among the highlights was critic, novelist, and poet Michael Antman’s talk on writing book reviews that keep the literary culture honest and the link between the state of reviewing and the state of books. He insightfully compared the so-called death of print at the hands of e-books to the freezing, canning, and technological processing innovations of the food industry. He warned that just as the current “slow food” movement promotes a return to the relaxing joy of cooking and savoring fresh food, so too could the publishing industry see a reversal in trends, moving away from digitalization.

Other panels had a more how-to approach, such as the sessions on how to read poetry aloud, run a creative-writing workshop, or start your own small press. The author, poet, and grant-writing guru, Alice George, spoke about how to get financial support for your work or procure residencies, those blessed retreats that give writers two coveted gifts: time to write and a room of one’s own.

For a peak at the conference, you can listen to the opening and closing talks held at the Harold Washington Library through DePaul’s partnership with Chicago Amplified. Writers House literary agent Michele Rubin opened with a frank address on the state of the publishing industry. She discussed the industry’s greatest challenge of creating new literary readers and the changing definition of what is literary vs. what is commercial, a change she attributes, in part, to the at times shallower source material of blogs. In contrast, the closing remarks from writer Janet Desaulniers focused on the positive effects for writers stemming from publishing industry changes. She argued that New York publishing will have killed itself entirely within five years due to the “cult of celebrity” they’ve created and their focus on empire building over quality literature. She sees this death as an opportunity for a literary rebirth open to the rest of the world outside New York. This opportunity is one to be seized in earnest, much like the conference itself, and the notion of reshaping the industry will likely be a key part of next summer’s conference as well.