Department News

WVU recognizes three faculty members with 2023 Foundation Outstanding Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Sarah Morris on your 2023 Outstanding Teaching Award

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Calliope, WVU’s Undergraduate Literary Magazine, Accepting Submissions

Calliope, WVU’s undergraduate literary magazine, will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork until February 28. All WVU undergraduates, no matter their major, are eligible to submit.

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Gwen Bergner named West Virginia University’s Second Harriet E. Lyon Professor

“I am incredibly honored and grateful to have been chosen as WVU’s second-ever Lyon Professor,” said Bergner. “The Professorship will allow me to place women’s concerns, ideas, perspectives and interests at the center of my teaching and service while also contributing to WVU students’ transformative experiences within the discipline.”

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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