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Faculty Updates

During this academic year, we continued to pursue what we love: holding pre-vespers dinners to fellowship with our students, providing writing workshops, bonding during Sigma Tau Delta bad-poetry performances and movie marathons, holding conversations in the Arna Bontemps Lounge, and teaching courses that we love. Among the many things done, we completed an entertaining production of One-Act plays, created a fantastic Quicksilver publication, and graduated eight students. All in all: 2015-2016 was a success.

 

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Thorvald Aagaard, MFA:
As a result of the Drama Program closing this year, we said farewell to Drama Director Thorvald Aagaard after five years at PUC. Aagaard facilitated the productions of “The Crucible,” “The Tempest,” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” as well as a 24-Hour festival and a One-Acts production. We thank him for his five years of service to the institution and wish him well in his new endeavors.

 

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Morgan Vogel Chinnock, MA :
Morgan Vogel Chinnock has taught part time since 2007 and leaves teaching (for now). Chinnock is an author and editor, and will continue her writing, as well as focus on holistic healing as a Niasziih practitioner. She has also been implementing biointensive garden principles aimed at growing (and preserving) a large amount of their food at home in a sustainable way. She says, “It’s satisfying and delicious... I plant all heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables.” We will miss quiet conversations and her calm presence in the department.

 

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Allison Fox, MA, MLIS:
Allison Fox continues to teach College English I & II in our department. Her students appreciate her enthusiasm for popular culture and her sense of humor. Allison has an extensive wig collection which she uses on special occasions, such as for costume parties or weddings. Her favorite is a Marie Antoinette wig that “doesn’t fit very well in my car,” she says.

 

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Linda Gill, PhD:
Linda Gill published a chapter entitled “Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey: Gender, Discourse, and Power” in the book Commanding Words: Essays on the Discursive Constructions, Manifestations, and Subversions of Authority by Cambridge Scholars. Gill also provided valuable guidance to seniors Harrison Cale and Mikyla Cho on their senior projects. In addition, Gill organized and facilitated a successful One-Acts production in Spring quarter, and since Gill has also been actively involved in the Drama Program by teaching and acting, she will continue to contribute to drama on campus by being the faculty sponsor for the Dramatic Arts Society. In her spare time, Gill can be found running with her dog Pip, a labradoodle, in the Back 40.

 

Tauva Hellie, BA:
Tauva Hellie continues to teach part time in the English Department while working in the Office of Academic Administration. Tauva is completing her thesis for her MA in English Literature. Her students appreciate her sensitive feedback and commitment to helping them improve.

 

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Georgina Hill, PhD:
Georgina Hill continues to direct the PUC Honors Program. As such, she attended the National Collegiate Honors Council in November, 2015. She also co-presented a paper on writing assessment to the Adventist English Association in Keene, Texas, in June, 2016. In addition, Hill led workshops for an English-teacher conference organized by Cynthia Westerbeck this June. Hill also provided expertise on writing during the department’s revision of its composition sequence. She continues to delight her colleagues with video clips of her 20-month-old granddaughter’s language acquisition.

 

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Sara Kakazu, PhD:
Sara Kakazu skillfully navigated the duties of the Composition Coordinator this year, while continuing to teach a full load in the English Department and a class for the Honors Program. She also successfully guided the student editors of the Quicksilver department publication as the faculty sponsor of the journal. In addition, Kakazu provided valuable input to seniors Jonathan Chow and Kiara Smith on their senior presentations to ensure that they succeeded. Her commitment to students, her intelligent wit, and her delectable desserts continue to make the department a desirable environment to work.

 

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Peter Katz, PhD:
Peter Katz joined the English Department in Fall, 2015. He was the editor for an issue of Victorian Literature and Science, a special issue of Critical Survey. He also published an article entitled“Staging the Streets” in the journal Victorian Literature and Culture. The article focuses on the relationship between Victorian martial arts, the rhetoric of science, and class/gender in late 19th century London. He has had the article “Redefining the Republic of Letters” accepted for publication in the Journal of Victorian Culture, pending revisions.Katz has also had an article entitled “Second-Hand Clothes, Second-Hand Politics” accepted pending publisher review. This summer he is working on a book on Victorian literature and science and the emergence of modern literary studies. In May, Katz gave a talk entitled “Care like (the) Dickens” to students graduating with the Syracuse University Certificate in University Teaching. Additionally, Katz presented twice at PUC Choir Room Sabbath School: one presentation on The Great Controversy and the other on the book of Isaiah. Katz also participated in the Spring One-Acts show. He will also take over the duties as Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) faculty sponsor, and will develop an online journal of creative and critical writing. Katz will also teach a course for the Honors Program this year, as well as a new course in Digital Literature for the English Department. Lest anyone think all Katz does is work, he regularly practices multiple forms of martial arts and is also currently ranked 20,000th out of 120,000 players in Heroes of the Storm.

 

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Maria Rankin-Brown, PhD:
Maria Rankin-Brown completed her first year as chair of the English Department, during which the department conducted a revision of its composition sequence. She co-presented a paper on writing assessment to the Adventist English Association in Keene, Texas in June, 2016. She also had a paper accepted for presentation to the Far West Popular Culture Association conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rankin-Brown continues to facilitate a monthly writing group for majors, and also organized two separate writing workshops led by published authors Marilyn McEntyre and Angela Pneuman. Rankin-Brown also provided valuable feedback to graduating seniors Emily Mathe, Daniel Moore, Gisella Navarro, and Christopher Vance on their senior projects. In addition, she also completed three years as the faculty sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta. Rankin-Brown also led workshops for the English-teacher conference organized by Cynthia Westerbeck this June. In addition, Rankin-Brown facilitated the production of a visiting acting troupe to perform the play: “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.” She will conduct more research on folktales in Japan this summer and continue to feed her Instagram nature-photography obsession.

 

Article ImageHeather Reid, PhD:
Heather Reid received a departmental Seltman Sabbatical in Spring to continue research on Hoccleve’s Regiment of Princes and female readership in a politically tense time period of the War of the Roses. She states, “We know that women owned, were reading and bequeathing (besides saints lives and devotional material), Arthurian Romances—those pertaining to Lancelot were particular favorites. Establishing female readership of a text known to have influenced Arthurian Tradition in England, will add to our understanding of the currency such texts had for female readers in particular.” This is applicable to the English/Honors-designated course that Reid teaches entitled Arthurian Legend. Reid also received a PUC summer sabbatical where she is continuing this research from her summer cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she also likes to ATV the trails, hike into historic lighthouses, and pick agates from the south shore of Lake Superior.

 

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Cynthia Westerbeck, PhD:
Cynthia Westerbeck has taken on the responsibility as the campus WASC-PC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges Planning Committee) coordinator and writer this year. She also organized a three-day workshop for middle and high school English teachers at the end of June. Westerbeck, Hill, Rankin-Brown led daily workshops at this event. The teachers who participated expressed how grateful they were for the opportunity to continue their learning from English professors and from each other. In addition, Westerbeck continues to advise students. She provided valuable guidance to seniors Laura Helms and Alisha Webster on their senior projects. Students are grateful for Westerbeck opening her home for departmental pre-vespers and Sabbath home lunches. She continues to play viola in the orchestra and find excuses to play the piano, mostly as an accompanist.