Michael Chiappini, Megan Weber, and Megan Griffin: 2017-2018 Adrian-Salomon Fellowships


Congratulations to third-year Ph.D. students Michael Chiappini and Megan Weber and fourth-year Ph.D. student Megan Griffin, who have been selected for Arthur Adrian and Roger B. Salomon fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year! The awards will enable each to have a service-free period next year to devote to the writing of dissertations.

Chiappini, Weber, and Griffin will be celebrated at 2017 Adrian-Salomon event on Friday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. This event will feature lectures by the 2016-2017 fellows, Evan Chaloupka, Ray Horton, and Jess Slentz. Chaloupka will present “Cognitive Disability and Narrative in Of Mice and Men;” Horton, “Willa Cather’s Modernist Religion;” Slentz, “Taking Rhetorical Experience and Sensation from the Museum to the Writing Classroom.”

A lecture by Jessica E. Slentz

Chiappini’s research areas include classic and contemporary rhetorical theory, medical rhetoric, and literature of the AIDS Crisis..

Weber’s primary research focuses on the development of language through the Restoration period, examining shifting gender roles and definitions of masculinity. Using plays and novels, she explores the gap between the public and private, and the different language used in each.

Both Chiappini and Weber were designated Dean’s Fellows in 2015.

Griffin presented elements of her dissertation in her 2016 Neil MacIntyre Essay Prize lecture, titled “Unbearable Representations: Dismembering the Sovereign in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.” Her main area of specialization is in Early Modern literature, with a particular focus on issues of genre and on the development of the rhetoric of sovereignty from the English Reformation to the English Civil War.

Jess Slentz, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College


Congratulations to Dean’s Fellow Jessica Slentz, who has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Professional Writing in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. The position begins in Fall 2017.  Dr. Slentz, who successfully defended her dissertation – “Yes, You May Touch the Art: New Media Interface and Rhetorical Experience in the Digitally Interactive Museum” – last month, will have opportunities to teach a variety of courses in writing and rhetoric, as well as work on service learning and civic engagement initiatives.

“I always knew I wanted to teach at a small liberal arts college,” Slentz says. “During my visit at IC, I was so excited by the department’s dedication to their students, by their dynamic approach to writing, and by the sense of community that underlies their work. This position is really exactly what I dreamed for when I started this journey, and I am so honored and excited to be joining the Ithaca College community and the Department of Writing in the fall.”

Ray Horton, Assistant Professor at Murray State University


12248233_10153580860950971_4767178336502532497_oCongratulations to Ph.D. Dean’s Fellow Ray Horton, who has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The position begins in Fall 2017. Horton (whose dissertation is titled “American Literature’s Secular Faith”) will have opportunities to teach courses in his field, 20th Century American Literature, and across the English and Humanities curriculum.

“The position strikes the exact balance between teaching and research that I’ve been hoping for since the day I started on my Ph.D. This department is dedicated to its students and highly supportive of faculty scholarship,” Horton says. “I feel incredibly fortunate, and I am so grateful to everyone who has stood by me and helped me to reach this moment. I get to spend my career reading books, talking about them with students, and writing about them for very smart colleagues.”