July 15, 2011                    Department of English          Volume XLIV Number 6

                                                        Baylor University




Dr. Joshua King has had an article, “John Keble's Christian Year: Private Reading and Imagined National Religious Community,” accepted for publication by Victorian Literature and Culture, one of the leading journals in Victorian studies.


Dr. Joshua King's article, “Patmore, Hopkins, and the Problem of the English Metrical Law” has just appeared in a special combined issue of Victorian Poetry (online) and The Hopkins Quarterly (in print): Summer 2011: 31-49 (Victorian Poetry version, issue 49.2, available online through Project MUSE).


Dr. Maura Jortner received an "Outstanding Professor of the Year" award from the Athletics Department in April.


Dr. Maura Jortner received the 2011 Guidestone Outstanding Faculty/Staff award from the Athletics Department in June.


Dr. Maura Jortner was featured in her alma mater’s yearly publication Franciscan Way (Spring 2011 edition). The title of the article is “Alumni Profs and Scholars,” written by Judy Roberts.


Steven Petersheim was a Visiting Scholar at the Phillips Library in Salem, Massachusetts, where he did research and writing for his dissertation on May 16-27.  As the “research and documentation division” of the Peabody Essex Museum, the Phillips Library houses numerous original manuscripts, first editions, and other documents related to Steven's dissertation on Nathaniel Hawthorne.  In addition to the holdings of the Phillips Library and the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Athenaeum's collections contributed to his research in Salem.


Steven Petersheim also presented a paper entitled “Hawthorne’s ‘Mischief-Loving Character’: Selected Passages of Picaresque Humor” at one of the Hawthorne Society's sessions at the American Literature Association conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 26, 2011.


Jeffrey Bilbro's essay, “Reflective Order: Paul Muldoon’s Whimsical Forms” has been accepted for publication in ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews.


Jeffrey Bilbro's essay “Lahiri’s Hawthornian Roots: Art and Tradition in ‘Hema and Kaushik’” has been accepted for publication in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.


Jeffrey Bilbro's essay, “Who are Lost and How They're Found: Redemption and Theodicy in Wheatley, Newton, and Cowper” has been accepted for publication in Early American Literature.


Former graduate student Jim McKeon (MA ’98) is currently employed as a staff writer for Waco’s newest journal, Bohemia: Waco’s Art and Literary Journal. The first publication was for July 2011.




Information has been received from The University of New Mexico concerning their 4th annual Mentoring Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  This conference held October 26-28, 2011, aims to bring together mentoring scholars and practitioners from around the world who offer innovative approaches in all aspects of learning. The keynote speaker will be David Clutterbuck, cofounder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. For more information, please visit their website at, or see the flier on file in CS 106.


Information has been received from the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, concerning their Fifth World Universities Forum January 8-10, 2012. The World Universities Forum brings together those with a common concern for the role and future of the university in a changing world. Plenary speakers, parallel paper, workshop and colloquium presentations will be made by researchers and administrators from a wide range of fields, institutions and geographical locations. For more information, please visit their website at, or see the flier on file in CS 106.




Information has been received from Missouri University of Science and Technology concerning their position of Assistant Professor of English. It is a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall 2012, pending funding. Teaching load is three courses (9 hours) per semester. A Ph.D. is required, with a specialization in American literature before 1900. Scholarly publication is required for tenure. Review of applications will begin November 14, 2011. To apply, please send a letter of application, vita, and three letters of reference.  All application materials must be electronically submitted to Missouri S&T’s Human Resource Office using the following address: Acceptable electronic format that can be used include PDF and Word. Position is open until filled. For more information, please visit their website at, or see the flier on file in CS 106.



Echoes of the Aeolian Harp


On hiatus until Fall 2011.