Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Footnotes: The English Department Newsletter

Volume 56 | February 13, 2012| Number 20


FROM THE GRADUATE STUDIES OFFICE

Congratulations!
Jonathan Stone successfully passed his Special Field exam on Rhetoric of Sound, Race, and American Vernacular Culture (Mortensen, Ch.; Schaffner, O’Gorman, Finnegan) on 2/8/12.


Conference Travel Grants
Due date: Monday, February 20, 2012

Department Fellowship
Due date: Friday, February 24, 2012


Spring 2012 – Dates to Remember 
February 24: Last day for student to add a semester course through Graduate Registration and Records without written department approval
February 24: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a first half-session course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
February 24: Last day to drop a first half-session course
March 9: Last day for student to drop a semester course on Web Self-Service
March 12: Second half-session courses begin
March 17-25: Spring Break
March 26: Instruction resumes
April 2: Registration for summer and fall begins.  Start times vary.  See your time ticket for your exact enrollment time at UI Integrate Self Service (https://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/)
April 6: Last day to add a second half-session course
April 6: Last day to take final exam for May doctoral degree
April 13: Last day to withdraw from the current term without a grade of W
April 13: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a semester course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
April 13: Last day for student to drop a semester course without a grade of W (without approval)
April 20: Last day to deposit May doctoral dissertations
April 27: Deadline for Office of the Registrar to receive the final exam Certificate of Result
April 27: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a second half-session course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
April 27: Last day to drop a second half-session course
April 27: Last day to deposit May master’s theses
April 27: Last day to add name to May degree list.  Must use Web Self-Service
May 2: Instruction ends
May 3: Reading Day
May 3: Last day to add or drop a second half-session course with approval (a W is recorded)
May 3: Last day to add or drop a semester course with approval (a W is recorded)
May 3: Last day to change a grade of DFR (in a non-thesis course) or I, awarded last fall to prevent F by rule
May 4 -11: Final examination period    
May 13: May degree conferral (Commencement)
May 25: Last date for receipt of petitions in the Graduate College for graduating students

 

OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT

The Illini Union Courtyard Cafe will be co-sponsoring an open mic poetry night featuring Palestinian spoken word poet Remi Kenazi. The stage is open to all students for open mic to perform anything from poetry, song, readings; anyone that has the desire to perform is encouraged to do so. Although this event is focused on social justice issues, anyone is welcome to perform on any topic they choose.

I believe this is a great opportunity for students to perform their work and to experience different kinds of poetry and performances from their peers and the featured poet, Remi Kanazi. Ive attached the facebook link and the flyer for the event and was wondering if you would be able to circulate this or announce this event among your students.

Also, if any students decide to perform they can send an email to sjp.uiuc@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/244672545613116/

Thank you!
Jennan Qato

 

FICTION POSTION OPEN

University of Arizona - Creative Writing Program

A position has opened up at the University of Arizona in the Creative Writing Program. We have just launched a search for an Assistant Professor of Fiction to begin in August 2012.

The University of Arizona’s MFA Program in Creative Writing enjoys a longstanding reputation as one of the preeminent and top-ranked programs in the country. Our faculty includes Elizabeth Evans, Manuel Muñoz, and Aurelie Sheehan in fiction; Chris Cokinos, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Fenton Johnson, and Ander Monson in nonfiction; Jane Miller and Joshua Marie Wilkinson in poetry. We work closely with the University of Arizona Poetry Center, a landmark center for the literary arts, home to an exceptional reading series, community outreach initiatives of many kinds, and one of the most extensive collections of contemporary poetry in the nation. The University of Arizona has two literary journals, Persona, the award-winning student-run undergraduate magazine of literature and art, and Sonora Review, a nationally known literary magazine edited by MFA students. Tucson is a dynamic literary city, home of several independent publishers, including Kore Press and Chax Press. (See recent Tucson guide by Ander Monson: http://www.pw.org/content/tucson_0.)

We will begin to review applications on February 24th and continue until the position is filled. Below is the position description:

Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Fiction)
The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in fiction, beginning August 2012. We seek an outstanding writer with significant publications (at least one book from a reputable press) and demonstrated excellence as a teacher to work with students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Teaching responsibilities will include workshops, seminars, and lectures on craft. The MFA Program has an active partnership with the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center and supports the initiatives of the College of Humanities in the areas of regional engagement and global studies. Candidates who might contribute to these initiatives are welcome. Additionally, we encourage applications from candidates with experience and interest in working with diverse students, colleagues, and communities.

For further information and to apply online, please visit the University of Arizona Career Tracks site and search the postings for job number 49433:

https://www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1328134700642

Letter of application, C.V., and writing sample (30 pages maximum) to be included with the online application. Letters of recommendation sent separately.

Feel free to e-mail me directly if you have any questions, or if I can provide further information.

All best,
Aurelie Sheehan, Director, Creative Writing MFA Program
Chair, Search Committee
http://cwp.web.arizona.edu