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Margaret Tindall Award

Josefa Castelli Is the Margaret Tindall Award winner.  The award is presented every year by the English Department to its senior major with the highest cumulative average in English.

Edward H. Rosenberry Undergraduate Writing Award

Georgianna Eck received the first place award and Yasmin Mann and Elijah Prado second place for the Edward H. Rosenberry Undergraduate Writing Award.  This award is given annually from funds established by the late Professor Emeritus Edward H. Rosenberry to students for excellence in writing. The goal of these monetary awards is to increase faculty and student awareness that good writng matters, and that it matters to everyone.

Outstanding Student/Teacher in English Education

Emily Fishel is the Outstanding Student/Teacher in English Education, an award that recognizes the special promise demonstrated in becoming an exceptional secondary English teacher.  The Outstanding Student/Teacher award is given annually by each program at the University of Delaware to a top graduate in their teacher education major. Emily was selected for this award by the English Education faculty and field instructors on the basis of her consistently outstanding professional practice over the past academic year, from courses through student teaching. She has demonstrated strong classroom practice and professionalism, planned and implemented exceptional lessons, developed admirable rapport with her students and colleagues, and incorporated suggestions and new ideas, all of which has made her a dynamic classroom teacher. 

George Henry Memorial Award

Lizbeth Mora-Martinez and Angel Townsend both received the George Henry Memorial Award, which honors successful teacher candidates who show great promise of becoming exceptional secondary English teachers in Delaware public schools.  The award was established in 1991 by a bequest of Professor George Henry, a long-time Delaware educator who began his career in 1926 as a high school teacher in Lewes and later served as principal of Dover High School.  As a member of the University of Delaware faculty, he became a nationally known scholar and teacher in the field of English Education.  Because of his strong commitment to English Education and to the Delaware schools, he left a bequest to establish the award. Lizbeth’s and Angel's outstanding performance as student/teachers and determination to teach in Delaware schools are recognized through this award.

Delaware Association of School Administrators Award

Josefa Castelli won the Delaware Association of School Administrators Award.  The award is presented to a graduating senior in a teacher education program who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership and character and who gives promise of making a meaningful contribution to the teaching profession.  This award is given annually at the University of Delaware to one of the top graduates in all of the teacher education majors. Josefa was nominated for this award by the English Education faculty and chosen by the University Council on Teacher Education awards committee on the basis of her consistently outstanding professional practice over her academic career, in courses and in her student teaching.  She has demonstrated strong course performance, outstanding leadership, consummate professionalism, and a noteworthy dedication to the profession.  

Secondary Education Award for Educational Promise

Edward Benner and Hayley Whiting received the Secondary Education Award for Educational Promise.  This award is given to students who have taken EDUC413, EDUC414 or EDUC419. The winners have demonstrated exceptional potential as future educators. They were selected for this award by the School of Education faculty members who teach the EDUC core classes. They note that awardees have exhibited “excellent understanding” about diverse groups of adolescent learners, professional dispositions, and promising teaching practices in EDUC413, EDUC414 and/or EDUC419. Edward and Hayley were one of only six students selected for the award this year across all of the secondary teacher education programs.


2020 Fall Senior Capstone

ENGL 480 and Senior Thesis Projects:

In the 2020 fall literary studies capstone, “Into the Archives,” students partnered with Morris Library to create individual research projects inspired by the Langston Hughes Ephemera Collection, a set of programs and advertisements, held by Special Collections, that document the literary career and travels of the poet and playwright Langston Hughes.  Students used those materials, combined with close reading, textual analysis, and historical research, to examine Hughes as a poet-activist, collaborator, and mentor.  Five students represented the capstone seminar in the Scholar in the Library symposium in December 2020. 


Spring 2020 Senior Capstone & Thesis Videos

ENGL 480 and Senior Thesis Projects:

The students in thr semester’s Literary Studies Capstone (ENGL 480) worked on the Moving Fictions web site, creating original web content on a book of their choosing. Since they were unable to present their work in a public symposium as usual, they made short videos to share with the public. Click the image below to watch their videos!

Two English majors also completed senior thesis projects this spring. Shannon Murphy’s thesis was titled “The 'Thoroughly Wicked Woman': Gender and Identity in Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge.” Olivia Quinci’s thesis was titled "Misfit Commodities: The Dichotomy Between Magical Realism and Neoliberal Productivity.” Click on the image above to watch them discuss these major projects!

ENGL 464. Internship Capstone:

Paige Boyadjis- Senior English Major - For her capstone experience, Paige spent the semester as a Digital Communications Intern at The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. In addition to processing matching gifts, charitable grants, Paige wrote and published weekly Foundation newsletters, planned and executed social media campaigns, created social media and blog entries, developed graphics for social media, designed Foundation merchandise, created a Summer Fundraising Guide, and designed fundraising emails. Paige's internship supervisor noted that “Paige has been a great asset to our team at B+. Some of her strengths include her writing and social media skills, professionalism, timeliness, communication, and her ability to work with others.” Paige will join B+ full time as a Program Manager this summer.

James Massaquoi – Senior English Major - During his capstone experience, James worked with the Venture Support & Special Programs Office to develop his technology company, 360VR Technology. As the COO & Co-Founder, James worked to write grants, recruit investors, create PowerPoints, and consider appropriate hiring practices to help his company thrive. James’ supervisor shares “James is great with fundraising, having led his team in securing a total of almost $175,000 in funding without giving up a bit of equity. He has also led his team to join business programs, which will help his company grow.” James plans to continue developing his company after graduation.  

ENGL 462. E-Portfolio Capstone:

Alyssa Rosenblum – Senior English Major - Alyssa was able to use her e-portfolio to house her materials and create a thoughtful electronic repository of her work. Many of her e-portfolio materials came from her time as a copywriting intern at a Managed Markets Agency. While interning, Alyssa worked on a number of projects, including incorporating editorial comments, researching sources, and updating references. Alyssa accepted a full-time position with the Agency and will begin this summer. 

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