English Faculty Present at National Conferences

AMS-Photo-2014On February 28 in Portland, Oregon at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference on General Education and Assessment, English Professor Annette Sisson (pictured left) presented alongside Director of General Education Allison Moore. Their talk, entitled “Taking on the Sophomore Slump: Intentional Learning through Campus Collaboration,” added to the conference conversation about “Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities” in higher education.


On March 20, three Belmont English faculty presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Dr. Sarah Blomeley and Dr. Amy Hodges Hamilton presented together on a panel entitled “Open(ing) Wounds: Accessing Trauma in the Classroom and Community.”  Dr. Blomeley’s talk was titled “In Loving Memory: Public Grief and the Future of Mourning in America,” and Dr. Hodges Hamilton’s talk was titled, “When Access to the Personal Becomes Pedagogical: Childhood Cancer and the Composition Classroom.”  In addition, Dr. Jason Lovvorn gave a talk called, “Open Sourcing the College Composition Teacher: Using MOOCs for Professional Development and Pedagogical Improvement.”

GSS PicIn addition, on March 27, at the Gulf South Summit On Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education, four Belmont faculty members delivered a presentation entitled “Transformational Community Partnerships: Examining the Components of a Reciprocal Relationship.”  Dr. Linda Holt (English), Dr. Jason Lovvorn (English), Dr. Charmion Gustke (English), and Dr. Donovan McAbee (Religion) presented on the theory and practice of successful, service-learning partnerships, including ideas about reciprocity, trust, and assessment.  (Pictured above L to R:  McAbee, Holt, Lovvorn, Gustke)


Bates To Talk Shakespeare and Prison

Laura BatesHow does Shakespeare change the lives of men and women in prison? Dr. Laura Bates will answer that question as she discusses what it is like teaching Shakespeare to some of the toughest inmates in supermax solitary confinement, and her new memoir, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard. She believes that we have much to learn from inmates when it comes to understanding Shakespeare, and that Shakespeare, in turn, has the power to change lives.  Her talk will take place Friday, March 14th, from 10-11 a.m. in the Vince Gill Room of the Curb Event Center.   The event is approved for Academic Lecture convocation credit.

 Dr. Bates is a professor of English at Indiana State University, and has volunteered in prisons for over 25 years. Her work has been featured in national media, including MSNBC’sLockup, NPR’s Tell me More, and TedxUCLA.


English Faculty Present at Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning

TCVSL blurb pictureDr. Jason Lovvorn and Dr. Linda Holt, two faculty members in the Department of English, conducted an interactive workshop at the Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning, held in Franklin, Tennessee on March 10th and 11th.  The title of their workshop was “From Service to Story: How Service-Learning Improves Student Writing.”  Drawing on their experiences as service-learning practitioners and as writing instructors, Lovvorn and Holt helped workshop attendees explore how service-learning practice benefits student writers on multiple levels.