Faculty News


The 2015 Davis Teaching Awards were announced at the annual faculty dinner and Bill Kupinse Professor William Kupinsewas among the five honorees. Created in 2003, the dean's teaching awards were named to honor Thomas A. Davis, who served as dean of the university from 1973 to 1994. Faculty members in the ranks of instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor are eligible for the award. In addition, Bill (pictured above) was included in The Stranger's coverage of the recent protests against Shell Oil at the Port of Seattle. Click here for the full story. Congratulations Bill!

Arches Cover Summer 2015Ann Putnam was recently featured in both The News Tribune and The Gateway on how her writing helped her cope with a string of family deaths. In addition, her piece on Hemingway's home in Cuba The Finca, appeared in the Summer issue of Arches magazine.

Julie Nelson Christoph, English and Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, wrote an invited post on the Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders blog.

Tiffany MacBain was recently featured on Literally Tacoma, a podcast hosted by William Turbyfill and produced by Creative Colloquy. Each cast looks at an aspect of Tacoma, Washington's literary community. Click here to listen to Tiffany’s episode.

The Prague Review just published a piece by Suzanne Warren. Click here to read the work.Suzanne Warren

Denise Despres presented research on medieval material culture and religion at the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, in May 2014 and at the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder in October 2014. She published essays and book reviews on late-medieval material culture and religion in a variety of books and journals, including Mapping Medieval Lives of Christ (Brepols), Blackwell Companion to British Literature, Oxford Chaucer Handbook, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and Speculum.  Denise is currently writing three essays on medieval constructions of embodiment for interdisciplinary volumes.

Tiffany A. MacBain, associate professor of English, wrote an opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education about the need for the academic community to advocate for flexible campus work-life policies for faculty members who have children with disabilities.

At the annual fall conference of the Western Literature Association, Ann Putnam was awarded the prestigious Wylder Award for outstanding service to the organization. In large part, the award was conferred for the conference Ann held in Tacoma in 2007.  Highlights of that conference included speakers such as Sherman Alexie, David Guterson, Tess Gallagher, and Charles Johnson.  Ann also holds the record for raising more money than any conference president in the association’s 45-year history, money that goes toward graduate student scholarships and other worthwhile programs.  Ann’s selection for this award was greeted with a standing ovation.

The department recently celebrated – with heavy heart, but also happiness for him – Peter Greenfield’s retirement.  Peter has taught drama, Shakespeare, the History of the English Language, and many other courses at Puget Sound since 1983.  He also served at department chair or associate chair for some thirteen of his 28 years here.  With his leadership and sound counsel, Peter helped make the department what it is today.  We will miss him and wish him all the best in his new adventure in Houston!

This year the department is seeing a few other retirements and departures as well:  Florence Sandler joined Puget Sound in 1970 and has taught students and led us for 40 years and Mary Turnbull grew up on campus, got her Ph.D., and then returned to teach here in 1979. (View more information on all of our retirees).  We wish them both a well-deserved retirement!