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The department of English is pleased to welcome Dr. Emery Petchauer and Dr. Lamar Johnson for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Dr. Petchauer joins us from Oakland University as an Associate Professor and English Education Program Coordinator; he holds an EdD with a concentration in Pedagogy from Regent University School of Education, Virginia Beach, VA. His work examines the intersection of urban arts, teacher development, and justice-oriented pedagogies, applying the aesthetic qualities of hip-hop across disciplines. This research unites a variety of critical fields, including culturally relevant pedagogy, pragmatist aesthetics, and hip‐hop theory.

Dr. Johnson joins us in the capacity of Assistant Professor of English Education from Miami University, Oxford, OH. He holds an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Curriculum Studies and Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Dr. Johnson’s research examines the intersection among race, literacy, and education in order to prepare teachers to engage in culturally relevant and equity-based pedagogies. This work also examines how parents’ and teachers’ racial identities impact critical dialogues pertaining to race and racism with students.

We also welcome three new Assistant Professors, Fixed-Term.

Margot Valles, PhD, Indiana University: Comparative Literature with an Intensive Doctoral Minor in Jewish Studies. Her dissertation is titled, “Judaizing Romance and Romanticizing Judiazation: Adaptation in Hebrew and Early Yiddish Chivalric Romance.”

Megan Inbody, PhD, Michigan State University: English. Her dissertation explores the role of the gossip and gossip communities within three major areas: early modern representations of gender and anxieties about female agency, the role of communities and other forms of association, and the function of comedy.

Marcus Wicker, MFA, Indiana University. He is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), winner of the National Poetry Series, and NAACP Image Award finalist.  His second book, Silencer, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. He is also poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.

And finally, the department is excited to welcome Robert Birdwell, the first Postdoctoral Fellow from a joint initiative between The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University and The College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University. Dr. Birdwell recently received a PhD in English from Penn State, and is working on his first book, which will explore the relationship between the essay and novel forms, focusing on the works of James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, and Albert Camus. He has published in Symplokē, Journal of Narrative Theory, and Victoriographies.