Department News

Rose Casey named to Honors College Faculty Fellow program

The sixth cohort of Honors College Faculty Fellows will challenge WVU students to re-examine their assumptions about ethics, science and even reality itself through innovative new courses. 

Samyn named recipient of WVU’s Distinction in Graduate Research Mentoring Award

Mary Ann Samyn, Professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Faculty Award for Distinction in Graduate Research Mentoring.

Mark Brazaitis receives Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing

Mark Brazaitis is the recipient of the Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing, which recognizes a tenured faculty member for excellence in the teaching of writing. Established in 2007, the award was made possible by the generosity of former West Virginia Governor and College Board president Gaston Caperton. Caperton’s intent was to “increase awareness of the need for improved writing skills,” identifying writing as a critical issue necessary to maintaining America’s competitive edge in the global market.

Brazaitis is a professor in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English. For more than two decades, he has demonstrated excellence in writing – including two novels, five collections of short stories and a book of poems – as well as the teaching of writing at WVU. Brazaitis views writing as the foundation for thinking and wants everyone to be better, more versatile writers. He has taught a wide range of students – from English, business and engineering majors to community members, high school students and professionals – and is the long-time director and annual instructor at the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop. Regardless of the students’ level of writing skill, Brazaitis uses the same method for discussing the work, providing feedback and ensuring they have the opportunity to experience being a successful writer. 

English students present on Blair Mountain digital projects at Appalachian Studies Association conference

Macy Kile and Kit Roberts, two students from Assistant Professor Erin Brock Carlson’s spring 2021 Multimedia Writing (ENGL 303) course presented on work they completed during the class. As part of an engagement project with the West Virginia Regional & History Center (WVRHC), they created digital exhibitions about the Battle of Blair Mountain as part of festivities for 2021 West Virginia Day.