Researching the Effectiveness of Language Learning Apps

Shawn Loewen became enamored with languages at age 13 when his parents hired a private tutor to teach him Spanish. Despite his passion for being multilingual, he knew he couldn’t make a living as a professional language learner. But he knew he could teach. A Professor of Second Language Studies, Loewen came to Michigan State University in 2005 to join the…

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English Professors Use Film and Comics to Engage Students in American History

Jeff Wray and Julian Chambliss, two distinguished professors from Michigan State University's Department of English, joined Russ White on WKAR's MSU Today to talk about their work and how it impacts their students and our evolving society. The conversation began with their thoughts on a challenging time for racial tension on campus. “It has been a challenging year, but in some ways, it's been a typical…

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Professor’s Book Among Most Outstanding Academic Titles of 2019

A book co-edited by Department of English Professor Ellen McCallum is among the select few chosen as a “2019 Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice magazine, a monthly publication that offers hundreds of book reviews to help librarians curate and deliver better sources. Each year, Choice magazine puts together a list of Outstanding Academic Titles of books published that year. The 2019 list includes…

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Camelia Suleiman Appointed Interim Director of Citizen Scholars Program

Camelia Suleiman, Associate Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, has been appointed Interim Director of the College of Arts & Letters Citizen Scholars program, effective January 20, 2020. Suleiman has taught several Citizen Scholars classes since the program first began in fall 2016. The program is designed to prepare the next generation…

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English Professor Receives Prestigious Book Award

Associate Professor Joshua Yumibe is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award for his most recent book, Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s, which was published in April 2019 by Columbia University Press. Yumibe, who is a member of the Department of English faculty, will receive this award in April at the 2020 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, along with his co-author, Sarah Street, who is a Professor of Film at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

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New Book Explores Overcoming Obstacles to Teacher Licensure Exams

Aimed at preservice teachers, the latest book by Associate Professor Emery Petchauer, titled Navigating Teacher Licensure Exams, explores the different obstacles presented with teacher licensure exams and how to overcome them. These high-stakes exams are what aspiring educators must pass in order to become licensed teachers. The book tackles the issues embedded in the teacher licensure exam in a way that students…

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Singh Named Visiting Fellow at Oxford University

Professor of English Jyotsna Singh, Professor of Renaissance Literature in the Department of English, has been elected Visiting Fellow at Oxford University - St. Catherine’s College. She will be completing this fellowship in the Fall 2019 semester during her sabbatical year.   “I am delighted to be elected Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University,” Singh said. “I will…

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Book Explores Jewish Name Changing and Its Connection to Anti-Semitism

For the past 10 years, Kirsten Fermaglich, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, has researched the practice of Jewish name changing in the United States and has written a book on the subject, titled A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America.  The book, published by New York University Press and released in October,…

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English Professor Earns Edwin M. Hopkins Award

Lamar Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, received the 2018 English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award for his scholarly article, Loving Blackness to Death: (Re)Imagining ELA Classrooms in a Time of Racial Chaos. The award, presented to Johnson on November 17 at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention in Houston, Texas, recognizes outstanding articles published in English Journal during the previous year.…

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‘Illuminating Survivor Voices’ Through the Arts

A poem by Associate Professor Nancy DeJoy, addressing the issue of silence in cases of sexual abuse and how the isolation and silencing of survivor voices is detrimental to the lives of survivors and to the community, will be exhibited December 4-12 at the Broad Art Lab in downtown East Lansing. The poem, Illuminating Survivor Voices, which originated from survivor…

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