English Faculty Named As Finalists For Top Belmont Teaching Awards

Belmont LogoThree English faculty were recently named as finalists for the top teaching awards given to faculty members at Belmont University.  Dr. Caresse John, Assistant Professor of English, was named as a finalist for the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award.  In addition, Dr. Annette Sisson, Professor of English, and Dr. Amy Hodges-Hamilton, Associate Professor of English, were named as finalists for the Presidential Faculty Achievement Award.  All finalists for the two awards will be honored with a reception on Tuesday, April 1 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the 1st floor lobby of the Inman Health Sciences Building.

Please congratulate these deserving faculty on their achievements as finalists!

Belmont English Presents at Tennessee Philological Association

tpa_belmontThree current Belmont English students and one recent graduate of the M.A. program had papers accepted at the 109th Meeting of the Tennessee Philological Association February 20-22 at Lipscomb University. Dana Perry, a December M.A. graduate, delivered a paper called “Shattering the Myth: Lorraine Hansberry’s The Drinking Gourd.” Cathy Kelly presented “Nabokov, O’Neill, and the Pathos of Place.”  Will Hodge presented “REMYTHX: Adaptation as Remix in Eugene O’Neill’s Desire under the Elms and Mourning Becomes Electra.” And Misty Ayres-Miranda presented “Electra’s Release in Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra.” Dr. David Curtis, Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, moderated the session and presented another paper at the conference.

(Pictured above, L to R:  Hodge, Curtis, Kelly, Ayres-Miranda)

Making Yourself Indispensable: A Brief Interview with Charlie Hickerson, Senior Undergraduate and Managing Editor of Native Magazine

by Joshua C. Pelletier


If you’ve ever shared a class with Charlie Hickerson, odds are he’s busted into the room seven minutes after the hour—probably more than once. Usually a simple apology is all he’ll offer, if anything. But more often than not, there’s an acceptable reason for Mr. Hickerson’s disheveled countenance and occasional tardiness. Outside of the classroom, the senior English Literature major is doing more than composing analytical papers or reading award-winning novels; he’s working for free—well, not anymore. After an internship of just over half a year with Native Magazine, Mr. Hickerson has accepted a paid editorial position with the Nashville publication. On a bitterly cold January morning, I had the opportunity to sit down with the soon-to-be-graduate and hear his thoughts on Native, and what English students can do if their dreams involve running in the black.

J. Pelletier:  Tell us how your relationship with Native began? How did you find out about it?

C. Hickerson: It was mostly through Twitter and Facebook. I just applied online, not through Belmont. I actually submitted my stuff at 12:02AM, just past the midnight deadline. I had no formal journalism experience whatsoever—except the literary journal here at Belmont and the yearbook in high school. I didn’t have any relevant writing samples to give them other than my ethnography from Dr. Lovvorn’s class—which was twenty-five pages long. But I sent that in anyway and eventually got the internship.

 J. Pelletier: So you ended up digging around on your own instead of doing an internship through the school.

C. Hickerson: Well, I had seen the magazine around Nashville before. What had caught my attention was an issue featuring a guy (Daniel Pujol) from my hometown who had made the cover. He’s a hick like me so he pronounces the “J.” It’s like “Ver-sales” Kentucky (Versailles, KY). Since then I kept Native on my radar. And up until that point I hadn’t been looking for a writing internship whatsoever. I was actually thinking about getting a law internship until I became interested in the magazine.

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