Investing in Online Scholarly Presence

In today’s fast-paced world where the Internet is the go-to research tool and information on any topic is just a click or tap away, one’s own digital presence is more important than ever. The College of Arts & Letters recognizes this, and starting this month, will offer all its graduate students and faculty a new kind of web hosting support.…

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Staff Honored for Their Service and Outstanding Work

Two new awards were presented at this year’s College of Arts & Letters Staff Appreciation Ceremony in addition to the Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh Award. Seven staff members also were recognized for their years of service during the annual event, which took place June 9 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. “It is really the commitment that each of you…

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Language Teachers Facing a Confidence Conundrum

Foreign language teachers play a pivotal role in creating global citizens, but some teachers lack confidence in their ability to speak in their nonnative tongue, which could undermine the quality of language instruction, Michigan State University researchers argue. Peter De Costa, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, and Lorena Valmori, a recent Ph.D.…

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Butler Receives Best Article Award

An article written by Tamara Butler, assistant professor in the Department of English and the African American and African Studies Program, was selected to receive the Theory Into Practice (TIP) Best Article Award for 2015. “Flipping the Script: When Service-Learning Recipients Become Service-Learning Givers” looks at how teachers can institute critical service-learning programs in an urban classroom. The article stems from a longstanding partnership…

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De Costa Presented with Emerging Scholar Award

Peter De Costa, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, has earned the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award of the Language and Social Processes Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  The Emerging Scholar Award recognizes outstanding scholarship among doctoral students and recent graduates. De Costa earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Second Language Acquisition…

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CAL Faculty and Staff Win MSU Physical Activity Challenge

A heartily congratulation is in order for the five-member College of Arts & Letters team that won the MSU Physical Activity Challenge. From left to right: Brad Willcuts, Sheila Contreras, Carly Ensign, Deb Mansel, Jeff Grabill Sponsored by Provost June Pierce Youatt, the MSU Physical Activity Challenge program kicked off the 2015-2016 academic year. It is just one part of the university’s Healthy…

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Dr. April Baker-Bell Joins National Council of Teachers of English

Dr. April Baker-Bell has been invited to join the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Standing Committee on Research, and has also been named a Fellow with the Literacy Research Association (LRA) STAR mentoring program. Baker-Bell is an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures (WRAC), and the African American and African studies program.…

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Tina Newhauser Awarded Arts Educator 2015

Tina Newhauser (right) with Craig Mitchell Smith who designed and crafted the awards, Tina Newhauser, faculty of stage management in the Department of Theatre, and associate director of MSU's arts and cultural management master's program, has received the inaugural 2015 Arts Educator Award presented by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing at its annual Applause Awards in Lansing. "It is such an honor to…

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AAHD’s Marsha MacDowell Named American Folklore Society Fellow

Dr. Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Professor of Art, Art History, and Design and MSU Museum Curator of Folk Arts has been named a fellow of the American Folklore Society (AFS), in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the field. Established in 1960, the Fellows of the American Folklore Society is an honorary body of folklorists whose members…

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Peter Glendinning Awarded ASMP Award

Peter Glendinning has been honored as one of 24 American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) “Best of 2015.” Founded in 1944, ASMP has more than 7,000 members and 39 chapters, and its members are among the most widely recognized photography professionals in all aspects of the medium. Says Glendinning, “ASMP membership has given me so many insights into the ways and means of the…

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