Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

Faculty News 2011-12

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 Faculty Achievements: Publications and Invited Lectures 

Jean Lee Cole

Editor, Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Writings of Henry McNeal Turner. Annotated edition with critical introduction. Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2013. 

June Ellis

Invited to speak about tattoo on National Geographic Channel program Taboo

Kathleen Forni

Chaucer’s Afterlife: Adaptations in Recent Popular Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 

Giuseppina Iacono Lobo

Invited paper, “Hobbes and the Public Conscience,” at Georgetown University’s  Seventeenth-Century Colloquium in March. 

Paul Lukacs

Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures. New York: Norton, 2012. This book received considerable acclaim, and Dr. Lukacs appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, BBC America, Bloomberg News, and more. The book was profiled in The New York Times, reviewed positively in many newspapers and magazines (e.g., The New Yorker). He was also profiled in the Baltimore Sun.  

Timothy Michael

“Wordsworth’s Boswellian Life-Writing.” The Wordsworth Circle 44.1 (Winter 2013): 37-40.  

Nicholas Miller

“‘Dear Miss Lonelyhearts’:Voyeurism and the Spectacle of Human Suffering in Rear Window.” Clues: A Journal of Detection 31.1 (2013): 45-56. 

Robert Miola

Editor, Ben Jonson’s The Case Is Altered. The Cambridge Ben Jonson (2012) 1:1-99.

Gave two invited lectures: the Fortin Lecture at Ave Maria University, 2/15/2013, on Cymbeline; and “Which Witch: Editing Macbeth,” at Carthage College.

Greg Berg Interview, Radio Show, Wisconsin, aired 3/4/2013 on WGTD (NPR affiliate). 

Brian Norman

Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 2013. This book arose in part out of his Loyola courses on the subject.

Was invited to give lectures at Clemson University, Dartmouth College, Fordham University, and the University of Maryland. 

Mark Osteen


Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 2013.

Guest editor, “Hitchcock and Adaptation,” a special issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection. Edited nine essays, wrote introduction and compiled filmography.

“Introduction: Hitchcock and Adaptation.” Clues: A Journal of Detection 31.1 (2013): 5-12.

“Extraordinary Renditions: DeLillo’s Point Omega and Hitchcock’s Psycho.Clues: A Journal of Detection 31.1 (2013): 103-13.

Creative Nonfiction

“Leaving Limbo.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2.3 (Winter 2012): 170-73.

Gave invited lectures on autism at Haverford College in November and on film noir at the Hopkins Club, Baltimore, in May.


Sabbatical leave: Dr. Bryan Crockett (full year: Shorthand Shakespeare and Love’s Alchemy: A Novel of John Donne).




Faculty Achievements: Major Service

Sue Abromaitis: served on Student Discipline Board; on Catholic Studies Executive Committee;

President, Saint Thomas Aquinas School board; English Department’s academic senator, fall, 2012.           

Jean Lee Cole: University: Member of the Board of Rank and Tenure; directed the American Studies program; played advisory role to Messina (spring 2013) regarding theme development and enrichment activities; organized March training session for Messina faculty and mentors; member of Phase II working group on Student Experience.

Department: Chair of Tenure and Promotion Criteria Committee; internship coordinator (supervised four interns; organized internship panel); designed and produced posters for Student Futures committee. She also edited Proto, a scholarly journal for undergraduates. 

Bryan Crockett: co-organized the American Shakespeare Center touring troupe’s visit to Loyola. 

June Ellis: co-chaired the Commitment to Justice Committee, which sponsored a lecture by M. Cathleen Kaveny. As chair of the National Steering Committee on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, she supervised an evaluation of justice commitments by the 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities. That project has yielded a book of essays, Transforming the World and Being Transformed, to be published by Fordham UP. She also serves on the Phase II working group devoted to Administrative Structure. 

Kathleen Forni: Vice Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee; English Department’s academic senator, spring, 2013.  

Sondra Guttman: won a Teaching Enrichment grant from the Center for the Humanities to attend Academic Integrity Comes of Age: the Annual International Conference of the International Center for Academic Integrity (Feb. 26th-28th; San An was preferable to Sandy, which wiped out the original conference in the fall). Afterward, she shared her findings with several Humanities departments to help fight the plagiarism plague.

Giuseppina Iacono Lobo: co-organized the American Shakespeare Center touring troupe’s visit; organized Jimmy Santiago Baca’s visit to campus for a poetry reading and class meetings. 

Paul Lukacs: directed Loyola’s Center for the Humanities; served as Humanities Representative on Loyola Conference and Budget Committee; serves on the Phase II Student Growth working group. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate and the chair of that organization's Committee on Qualifications, and a member of the PBK Executive Committee.  

Gayla McGlamery: member of ad hoc committee on the Six-Year Rule; member of Phase II Steering Committee; chair of Graduate Programs Phase II working group.

Timothy Michael: advised an Honors Thesis in History, “A Re-Examination of White Women in British Caribbean Societies: Seventeenth to Early Nineteenth Centuries,” by Megan Carlucci. 

Nicholas Miller: headed up the Department’s Marathon Reading Team; directed the Film Studies program.                       

Robert Miola: sponsored a Christmas reading by Jody Bottum; organized a rollicking student performance of Plautus’s Menaechmi; took English Majors to American Shakespeare Center for two plays; wrote notes for Evergreen Players’ production of Titus Andronicus

Brian Norman: directed the African and African American Studies program, which sponsored a lecture by Emira Woods, Codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He also chaired the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and serves on the Phase II working group devoted to Undergraduate Programs. 

Mark Osteen: chaired the English department; member of Center for the Humanities Steering Committee; served on the Common Text Committee for Fall 2013. 

The following faculty members taught in the Alpha program: Lukacs, McGlamery, Miller, Miola.

Core advisors: Cole, Guttman, Lukacs, McGlamery, Miller, Osteen.

Humanities Symposium participants: Cole, Guttman, Miller, Norman, Osteen.

Honors Program: Lukacs, Miola, Norman. 

The following faculty will teach in the Messina Program in 2013-14: Cole, Lukacs, McGlamery.




The English Department had an exciting year in 2011-12. Most significantly, we hired two new tenure-track faculty members: Timothy Michael (Ph.D, Harvard) and Melissa Girard (Ph.D, University of Illinois).

Dr. Mark Osteen took over as Chair, replacing Dr. Gayla McGlamery, in January. Dr. Brian Norman was promoted to Associate Professor. Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Brooke Hunter accepted a tenure-track position at Villanova University. Dr. Sue Abromaitis reached an unprecedented milestone: fifty years of teaching at Loyola.

We also welcomed new Assistant Professor Dr. Giuseppina Iacono Lobo, Affiliate Assistant Professor Dr. Julius Lobo, and Administrative Assistant Cathy Carroll.


  • Dr. Mark Osteen's new book, Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream, will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press early in 2012
  • Dr. Brian Norman's new book, Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2013
  • The third edition of The Norton Shakespeare's Macbeth, edited by Dr. Robert Miola, is forthcoming 2013


The Golden Ring
On May 11th, 2012, the Department gathered to celebrate Dr. Sue Abromaitis’s unprecedented achievement: fifty years of teaching at Loyola. Hosted by Dr. Osteen and his wife, Leslie Gilden, the party featured fine food and wines (the latter partly supplied by Dr. Lukacs). The Department presented Dr. A with a large card signed by all faculty (and a few ex-students) listing such statistics as the number of courses she has taught, students advised, administrators annoyed (here our estimate was probably on the low side) and, of course, the many lives she has changed. Embodying those changed lives were several of Dr. A’s ex-students, including Anthony Minervini, Taylor Calderone (‘09), and Dr. Kirsten Sundell (‘95). Dr. Abromaitis also received from the department a Fiftieth Anniversary Edition of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy.


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