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Jessica Conrad receiving dissertation prize

From left to right, UD President Assanis; Jessica Conrad, dissertation award winner; John Ernest, chair of the Department of English.

Alumni News

Jessica Conrad (Ph.D. '19) received the 2019 Wilbur Owen Sypherd Dissertation Prize for her dissertation, Boycott: Literary Interventions in the American Marketplace 1820-1880. She has recently joined Kent State University at Stark as an Assistant Professor of English.

Carolyne King (Ph.D. '19) recently accepted a position at Salisbury University, where she will serve as the new Director of First Year Writing and Assistant Professor of English. 

Jane Wessel (Ph.D. ‘16) has recently moved to the U.S. Naval Academy where she is continuing to work as an Assistant Professor of English in 18th C Literature.

Kyle Vitale (Ph.D. '16) is currently co-editing a volume with Diana Henderson for Arden Shakespeare entitled Shakespeare and Digital Pedagogy: Case Studies and Strategies, due out in 2021. The volume will be among the first major publications devoted to teaching Shakespeare with 21st century digital technologies. Its international scope explores teaching projects from contributors around the world and balances practical advice with traditional and emergent theories of pedagogy.

Kyle Meikle (Ph.D. '16) is currently in his fourth year as an Assistant Professor of English and Communication at the University of Baltimore, where, this semester, he's teaching courses on adaptation, media criticism, and SpongeBob Squarepants. Kyle currently serves as the Film Reviews Editor for the OUP journal Adaptation and is a Consulting Editor for Literature/Film Quarterly. His book Adaptations in the Franchise Era: 2001-16, which Total Film called "impressively broad" and "tech-savvy," was published by Bloomsbury in January 2019; his article "A Book and a Movie Walk into a Bar" was reprinted in The Routledge Companion to Comedy Studies in October 2019.  

Jordan Howell (Ph.D. '17) has published 15 articles in both regional and national magazines. You can find his work at his Muckrack profile.

April Pelt (MA ‘07) is currently serving as Digital Learning Liaison for Clemson's College of Education while she works on a doctorate in Learning Sciences at Clemson University.

Alumni Spotlight: Joe Turner
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​Joe Turner received his PhD in English from UD in 2014

Since graduating from UD in 2014, Joe Turner has been assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville, where he will serve as director of graduate studies for the English MA and PhD in rhetoric and composition beginning in January of 2019. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Heather (an alumna of UD's English MA), and his two dogs, Anya and Greta.

His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Kentucky Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Culture. Two recent publications have grown directly from his time at UD. A 2018 article in Pedagogy documents his job market advising sessions for PhD students at Louisville, inspired by John Ernest's meetings at UD, as well as a chapter in Jim Dean's 2017 festschrift. Other articles have/will appear in Rhetorica (twice), Rhetoric Review, the Chaucer Review, and a forthcoming volume on cocktails, The Shaken and the Stirred (Indiana UP).

When not writing, Joe prefers to spend time in Kentucky's great parks, trying to keep up with the dogs.

Opportunities for Recent Alum

The American Council of Learned Societies sponsors the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program (deadline mid-March). In 2019, the program placed up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at participating nonprofits and government agencies. This career-launching initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application beyond the academy. The fellowship carries a stipend of $68,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds.

ICI Berlin sponsors 2 year post-docs on a theme, which is announced each November. "There is no age limit, but applicants should have obtained their doctoral degree within ten years of the date of appointment or have submitted their dissertation by the time of application. Stipends range from EUR 1900 to 2100 per month."

The Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships at the Morgan library support scholars from  communities historically underrepresented in the curatorial and special collections fields. Deadline late Dec.

Alumni: If you'd like to find out what your former colleagues are up to, or update us on your life, please, get in touch by emailing the DGS at .

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