Faculty News


Dolliver Professor Priti JoshiFor 2017-2020, Professors Priti Joshi (English) and Monica DeHart (Sociology and Anthropology) will jointly hold a Dolliver Professorship, focused on the question “What’s in a Fact?” Their project is prompted by the question: “Who or what can we believe?”  It takes the Fact as its central focus and engages in conversations about Fact and Truth, particularly as it is inflected in the current political climate.  They will plan a faculty seminar, invite a roster of guest speakers, and bring a distinguished guest to convene a workshop with Dolliver participants to translate theoretical contributions into pedagogical outcomes. Prof. Joshi’s and DeHart’s affiliations, respectively, with Asian Studies and Gender & Queer Studies and with Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies enrich the breadth of perspective they will bring to the Dolliver project. Congratulations Priti!

Alison Tracy HaleThe 2016 Davis Teaching Awards were announced at the annual faculty dinner and Professor Alison Tracy Hale was 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. Congratulations Alison!

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Nese Devenot has received this years Breaking Convention Humanities Research Award for her chapter "Aldous Huxley’s New Romanticisms: Reading Blake and Wordsworth After Mescaline." Well done Nese!

Congratulations to John Wesley on being named a Rhodes Trust Inspirational Professor John WesleyEducator by the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholar Billy Rathje '15 nominated Wesley for the inaugural award which aims to "highlight the incredible teaching which occurs throughout the world." Click here to read the full story.

Julie Christoph at NCPTW Conference in SLCJulie Christoph recently attended the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in Salt Lake City, at which students presented papers. She’s pictured here with Austin Scharff, Kristen Lane, Kazu Suzuki, Nakisha Renée Jones, and Cara Monaco. She was elected the Executive Vice President of NCPTW (National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.) Puget Sound will be hosting the conference in 2016. Click here for more info about the conference.

Tiffany MacBain was quoted at length in an NPR article on popular female writers of the 19th century. Click here to read the story.

Mita Mahato was recently featured in The Stranger for her cut-up comics and hMita Mahato at work on her arter work on the board of directors for Short Run, a comix and art festival in Seattle. Click here to read the article.

Southwest Semester 2015Professors Priti Joshi, Peter Wimberger, Elise Richman, and Fred Hamel joined the Southwest Semester program over fall break at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, New Mexico. Along with Professors Barry Goldstein and Dan Sherman, they led students in a weekend of lessons and outdoor experiences related to biodiversity, travel writing, observation and artistic representation, and reflection on the nature of experiential education.

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.