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Lisa Zimmerelli and Patricia Bizzell's book entitled "Nineteenth-Century American Activist Rhetorics" was released in December.

Martin Camper and Loyola alum Zach Fechter (2018) are the recipients of the American Forensic Association's 2020 Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award for their co-authored article "Enthymematic Free Space: The Efficacy of Anti-Stop-and-Frisk Arguments in the Face of Racial Prejudice," published last year in the peer-reviewed journal Argumentation & Advocacy. This annual award honors "achievement and quality in commitment to argumentation and public advocacy." They began collaborating on this project when Mr. Fechter, now pursuing a master's in communication at the University of Texas at Austin, was an undergraduate student at Loyola. The article examines rhetorical weaknesses in anti-stop-and-frisk arguments and offers recommendations for improving the persuasiveness of criminal justice reform advocacy. 
More information about the award can be found here: https://www.americanforensicsassoc.org/daniel-rohrer-memorial-outstanding-research-award/. The article can be accessed here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10511431.2019.1672027

Martin Camper's article "A Theory of Fan-Type Dissociation" has been published in Philosophy and Rhetoric, vol. 53, no. 4, 2020, pp. 433-449, as part of a special section on dissociation, which he co-organized. He also co-authored the section's introduction, "Developments in Dissociation: Past Contexts, Present Applications, Future Implications," pp. 377-384.

Martin Camper's article, "Rewriting the Bible: Rhetorical Appeals to the Original Languages in Protestant Preaching," was recently published in the Journal of Communication and Religion, vol. 43, no. 2, 2020 pp. 72-90.

Allen Brizee's article "What Happens When We Fail?: Building Resilient Community-Based Research," has been published in the 15 October 2019 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

Allen Brizee's article "High-Impact Civic Engagement: Outcomes of Community-Based Research in Technical Writing Courses," has been published in the 12 June 2019 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Allen co-authored this article with Paola Pascual-Ferrá, an Associate Professor of Communication at Loyola, and former writing-psychology double major Giuliana Caranante who now works at Hachette Book Group.

Allen Brizee has been appointed Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship in Loyola's Center for Community Service and Justice.

Craig Medvecky's book chapter Enter the Dragon: Graduate Tutor Education in the Hall of Mirrors appears in How We Teach Writing Tutors: A WLN Digital Edited Collection, edited by Karen G. Johnson and Ted Roggenbuck, 2019.

Allen Brizee’s piece "Engaged Scholarship: Using Iterative Design and Empirical Methods to Guide Community Work in Baltimore" has just been published on the Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education website.

Allen Brizee’s article, “High-Impact Civic Engagement: Outcomes of Community-Based Research in Technical Communication Courses,” was selected as a top paper in the Activism and Social Justice category from over 140 submissions at the National Communication Association convention. The article discusses findings from Dr. Brizee’s work on community literacy workshops in Baltimore. Dr. Brizee shares this award with his co-authors Dr. Paola Pascual-Ferrá, an Assistant Professor of Communication at Loyola, and former writing-biology double major Giuliana Caranante who now works at Hachette Book Group.

Lucas Southworth recently published stories in NANO Fiction, SmokeLong Quarterly, Ascent, and Conjunctions. He presented as part of a panel discussing flash fiction sequences at Kent State University, read work at Iowa State University, and received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He also edits for the Baltimore Review.

Catherine Chaterdon’s article "Contemplative Neuroscience and the Teaching of Writing: Mindfulness as Mental Training" appears in volume 22 of The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (JAEPL).

Jane Satterfield’s fourth collection of poems, Apocalypse Mix, was selected by David St. John for the 2016 Autumn House Poetry Prize and released by Autumn House this month. Her co-edited anthology of creative writing, Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland was published by Canada’s Demeter Press. The book collects poetry and prose by prize-winning writers from across the globe who reflect on maternal landscapes of all kinds, including those of heritage, emigration, war, and exile.

Dr. Martin Camper has been awarded a research grant from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. The award will support two months of full-time work on his second book, How the Bible’s Meaning Changes: Argument and Controversy in the Christian Church. The book will explore how five reversals in the official biblical positions of various segments of the church were accomplished through argument.

Peggy O’Neill was invited to contribute to the first in a series of columns in the English Journal that focuses on the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing, a position statement which grew out of a national task Force that she chaired and is endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The Inaugural column, published in September 2016 issue of English Journal, also featured Loyola alum Nicole Sieben '05 (Writing/Communication).

Dr. Allen Brizee ran an all-day workshop at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, titled "Visions and Directions for University Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship" on Friday, November 18. This three-part workshop explored new directions for service-learning and engaged scholarship based on Dr. Brizee's community-based research at Loyola. The workshop helped attendees connect teaching, research, and service with strategies that support university mission, assessment, and accreditation, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research and external funding.

Professor of Writing, Peggy O’Neill, PhD, and Assistant Professor of Engineering, Raenita Fenner, PhD, have been awarded a collaborative grant from the Engineering Information Foundation (EiF) for the project, “Integrating Writing into Engineering Labs: Developing Curriculum, Supporting Faculty, and Creating a Writing Fellows Program.” The project aims to improve instruction of technical writing for engineering students by focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration and instruction.

Terre Ryan’s essay, “How to Cook an Egg,” was published in the October 2016 issue of Split Lip Magazine, an online journal of literature and popular culture.

Karen Fish read some of her new work at the Creative Alliance on stage at the old Patterson Park Theater on October 19th. The event, “Open Circle Read & Response” is a quarterly, collaborative performance of literary, musical, and visual arts organized by Amanda Fiore. The line up was Betsy Boyd, Sally Shivnan, Amanda McCormick with original musical response on harp by Jasmine Hogan an international prize-winning harpist who has performed worldwide as a soloist, and with renowned orchestras.

Terre Ryan's essay “Changing the Conversation’: Contexts for Reading Michelle Obama’s American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," was published in August in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 37, no. 2, 2016, pp. 75-108.

Lucas Southworth recently published stories at FlashFlashClick, Puerto del Sol, and in Baltimore's City Paper. His story "A Dainty Network of Bones" was anthologized in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence.

Allen Brizee and Loyola Communication Assistant Professor Paola Pascual-Ferrá have co-edited the third edition of Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education published by Apprentice House. The book features talks by Jesuit superiors and essay responses from members of Loyola’s community.

Allen Brizee has published Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement with co-author Jaclyn M. Wells who is the writing center director at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Partners in Literacy tells the story of a three-year community-based research project that joined the Purdue University Writing Lab and its Online Writing Lab (OWL) with two adult education organizations in Lafayette, Indiana. Partners in Literacy is available through Rowman and Littlefield and Amazon.

Lisa Zimmerelli and Allen Brizee received tenure and were promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in April 2016. In addition to her responsibilities teaching and conducting research in the writing department, Zimmerelli directs Loyola's writing center. In addition to his responsibilities within the writing department, Brizee coordinates the writing department's internship program.

Karen Fish recently published a review, "Snapshots from Behind the Curtain," of the show New Arrivals: Late 20th Century Photographs from Russia & Belarus currently on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The piece was published in the February 1, 2016 issue of the online journal, Bmore Art. Fish has recently turned her attention to doing professional writing and working as a strategist.

Marian Crotty has been awarded the 2016 Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellowship. The Fellowship provides a four-week, working residency in May at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France for eight former participants of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. The residency is intended for emerging writers who have not yet published a book and need this time to make significant progress on a particular project.

Lisa Zimmerelli has published her article "The Equity Imperative," in Diversity and Democracy Winter 2016, Vol. 19. No. 1.

Jane Satterfield was awarded first place in the United Kingdom's Ledbury Poetry Festival competition. Her poem "Forfeit" was selected by the Anglo-Welsh poet Deryn Rees-Jones. Satterfield won from a wide field of international applications. There were over 1500 people who submitted work! Jane will read at the 2016 Festival, which will feature poets from around the globe. Jane won 1000 pounds and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre for Wales. Select this link for more information.

Terre Ryan’s article, “‘Clean Air, Clean Water, and Jobs Forever’: Filming Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining,” was published in the anthology Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice (University of Nevada Press, 2015).

Martin Camper's article "The Interpretive Stasis of Assimilation: Evangelical Arguments against the 'Magical' Use of The Prayer of Jabez" was recently published in Rhetoric Review 34.4 (2015): 409-425.

Lucas Southworth published stories in the spring issues of Willow Springs and Meridian, and the June issue of DIAGRAM. “Copycats” (Willow Springs) comes with an author profile about the writing of the story, "Last Winter Among the Coyotes" (Meridian) is available in print and online, and "The Pond" (DIAGRAM) can be found at the journal's website. He also read work from his book at the CityLit festival in May (podcast here), and at Little Salon in Washington DC in August. At the Associated Writers and Writing Programs conference in Minneapolis, he moderated a panel on publishing with students called “The Pedagogy of Publishing: The Unique Benefits of Editing and Publishing with Undergraduate Writers.”

Peggy O'Neill won the 2015 Student Choice AFFIRM Award for her work mentoring and building relationships with students. The Student Choice Awards are voted on by students and administered by the Green & Grey Society.

Peggy O'Neill and Barbara Mallonee's essay, "Reforming and Transforming Writing in the Liberal Arts Context: The Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland" was recently published in Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles (Utah State University Press, 2015.)

Allen Brizee's article, "Using Isocrates to Teach Technical Communication and Civic Engagement," has been published in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 45.2 (2015): 134-165.

Lisa Zimmerelli and Allen Brizee were awarded the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship, which “recognizes and celebrates a faculty member's extraordinary contributions to Loyola's students, community partners, and institutional mission through sustained involvement and excellence in one or more types of engaged scholarship (including service-learning).” Dr. Zimmerelli was recognized for her work with the Loyola Bridges program that brings students from Baltimore City public schools to campus for tutoring in the Loyola Writing Center. Dr. Brizee was recognized for his literacy work with the Richnor Springs Neighborhood Association and GEDCO/CARES.

Ron Tanner’s short story, “Tarzan , Again,” appears in the spring issue of Green Mountains Review. His essay, “My Father’s Secret,” appears in the spring issue of Creative Nonfiction as a finalist in the magazine’s national competition; and a second essay, “The Last Draft,” appears in the spring issue of The Louisville Review.

Cindy Moore's chapter "Administrative Priorities and the Case for Multiple Methods" appears in the new book Assessing the Teaching of Writing: Twenty-First Century Trends and Technologies, Utah State UP, 2015.

Patricia L. Bizzell, Distinguished Professor of English at College of the Holy Cross, has been named the Writing Department's 2015-2016 Cardin Chair. Read more about this appointment on Loyola's Center for Humanities page.

Marian Crotty had her essay, "Love at A Distance," appear in the fall 2014 issue of The Gettysburg Review and her essay, "It's New Year's Eve, and This is Dubai," selected as a notable essay for the 2014 Best American Essays. This summer she created a column for The Common called "Ask A Local," which asks writers five questions about the towns and cities where they live. She will also be presenting on two panels at AWP: "Teaching Fiction in A Golden Age of Television" and "Young Adults, New Adults, and the Women Who Write Them: Navigating the Politics of Gender and Genre in Young Adult Literature."

Jane Satterfield recently conducted a master class in nonfiction for students at Goucher College and was a solo guest in the Writers-on-the-Shore reading series sponsored by Salisbury University's English Department. She read at the Virginia Festival for the Book as part of its "Haunted by History" panel, and also in Brooklyn’s Lunar Walk Poetry Series. Poetry Daily recently featured her elegy for poet Larry Levis, “Last Dinner at Louie’s with Levis,” as its poem of the day; the poem appeared earlier this year in Antioch Review's print issue, as well as on that journal's blog. In February, she took part in the contributors' reading for Women Write Resistance: Poets Against Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013) held during the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference in Seattle.

Lucas Southworth was a featured presenter at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Seattle, reading from his award-winning collection of short stories, Everyone Here Has a Gun. He also published four sections of his novel-in-progress at TriQuarterly and read at the TriQuarterly offsite reading at the AWP Conference in Seattle.

Allen Brizee and Joe Langmead, from Loyola's Sellinger School of Business and Management, have published their article, "Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: Fostering Professional Communication Skills in a Graduate Accounting Certificate Program." The article appears in Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing 11.1 (2014).

Allen Brizee has published his article, "Toward Participatory Civic Engagement: Findings and Implications of a Three-Year Community-Based Research Study." The article appears in Computers and Composition: An International Journal 32 (2014): 22-40.

Ron Tanner has won the 2014 Nachbahr Award. The selection committee was impressed with the quantity, quality, and variety of Ron's work. Author of more than 40 short stories - often in highly selective literary journals - Ron has also published essays, op-ed pieces, reviews, scholarly articles, a genre bending illustrated novel, and a memoir about the trials and tribulations of restoring a Victorian brownstone in Baltimore to life after its ignoble decline as a fraternity house. No stranger to accolades, he has won a Pushcart Prize, a Faulkner Society Gold Medal, and the Towson Prize in literature for the best book by a Maryland writer. See Ron's department web page to learn more about his accomplishments.

An annual award given by Loyola's Center for the Humanities, the Nachbahr recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship or creative work by a faculty member in the Humanities. It is named in honor of Bernard Nachbahr, a long-time and much beloved philosophy professor at Loyola and the first director of the Center.

Lisa Zimmerelli published an essay titled "The Itinerant Book: Julia A. J. Foote’s A Brand Plucked from the Fire as a Religious Activist Text," in Rhetoric Review 33.2 (Spring 2014): 132-147.

Terre Ryan has been appointed to a three-year term as a Research Associate in the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). Terre’s appointment, which provides a formal scholarly affiliation with the Institution, follows her summer 2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the NMAH, where she conducted research on twentieth-century American wartime food gardening movements and the White House kitchen garden.

Lucas Southworth published his Grace Paley Award-winning collection of short stories Everyone Here Has a Gun (Massachusetts Press, 2013) and will read from the book as a Featured Reader at the AWP conference in February 2014. A story from the book, “There Isn’t Any Ghost,” was recently published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, and he has a short essay about the genesis of that story on the HFR blog. He also has excerpts of his novel-in-progress, This is What They Know, at the Black Warrior Review website and at the Rapphannock Review, and a non-fiction piece on flatness in fairy tales at >The Volta.

Jane Satterfield was awarded the 49th Parallel Poetry Prize from the Bellingham Review for her poem “Elegy with Trench Art and Asanas." The contest was judged by poet and critic Kevin Clark. “The Body Impolitic,” a poem from Satterfield's most recent book Her Familiars (Elixir, 2013), appears in the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Against Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Satterfield’s essay on food, family, and friendship, “A Place at the Table,” was published in Baltimore Fishbowl in September, and her remarks on poetry's transformative dimension appeared on the blog Les Femmes Folles: Women in Art in August

Ron Tanner's book, From Animal House to Our House: a Love Story, has been published in paperback by Academy Chicago Publishers (2013).

Lisa Zimmerelli has won the Rhetoric Society of America's 2013 Charles Kneupper Award for her article, "'The Stereoscopic View of Truth': The Feminist Theological Rhetoric of Frances Willard’s Woman in the Pulpit," which was published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 42 (4). The Charles Kneupper Award is given annually to recognize the essay published in that year's volume of Rhetoric Society Quarterly that the editorial board and the editor consider the most significant contribution to scholarship in rhetoric.

Jane Satterfield published her third book of poetry, Her Familiars (Elixir, 2013). Contents include: "The War Years," which received first prize in Mslexia's 2011 Women's Poetry Competition, and the title poem "Her Familiars," a finalist for the most recent Florida Review Editors' Award in poetry (and forthcoming in that journal). Another poem from the book, "Soldierization," was the online poetry anthology Verse Daily's featured poem.

Andrea Leary received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Service-Learning as part of the Baltimore and DC Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference. She was nominated to receive this award for her "exemplary service to [her] school and community, [her] passion and drive for civic engagement, and [her] ability to lead and excite others." The selection committee noted that Dr. Leary was selected from a "very competitive pool of applicants."

Terre Ryan received a 2013 Smithsonian Summer Research Fellowship to work on her project on Victory Gardens.

The Maryland Arts Council awarded Ron Tanner a 2013 grant for his novel-in-progress, Missile Paradise. Ron was also a finalist in both the Lamar York Fiction and Nonfiction competitions. His story, "Winnemucca," will be published in the Chattahoochee Review. The story is a chapter from Drummer Girl, his novel-in-progress.

Ron Tanner has published the following essays and articles in spring 2013: "House Love," in Style magazine; "Breaking and Entering," in Baltimore Fishbowl; "How to Sell a Book in America," in Poets and Writers magazine; and "Preserving America," in the Alliance Review.

Lisa Zimmerelli, had a co-authored essay published in the Spring Issue of Conversations about collaboration across multiple Jesuit Universities. Laurie A. Britt-Smith, Lisa Zimmerelli, Cinthia Gannett, and John Kerrigan. "Spread Out, But Close. Conversations and Collaborations: Eloquentia Perfecta on 21st Century Jesuit Campuses." Conversations 43 (Spring 2013): 20-21.

Allen Brizee has published the co-authored article “From Class to Community: EP 2.0 and the New
Media Legacy of Jesuit Education,” with Jenn Fishman (Marquette University) in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 43 (Spring 2013): 31-32.

Terre Ryan’s essay “Scatology” appeared in issue 12.5 of DIAGRAM.

Ron Tanner published the essay “The Running Boy” in the latest issue of Defunct, a literary magazine.

Allen Brizees co-authored article, “Writing Centers and Students with Disabilities: the User-Centered Approach, Participatory Design, and Empirical Research as Collaborative Methodologies” has been published in Computers and Composition: An International Journal 29.4 (2012): 341-366.

Cindy Moores recent publications include two book chapters, on graduate-student mentoring and writing-program assessment, respectively, published in 2012: “Mentoring for Change” in Rewriting Success in Rhetoric and Composition Careers, Parlor Press, and “Changing the Language of Assessment: Lessons from Feminism” in Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White, Hampton Press.

Lisa Zimmerelli has published “’The Stereoscopic View of Truth’: Frances Willard’s Woman in the Pulpit as a Feminist Rhetoric of Theology" in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 42.4.

Peggy O’Neill recently had two book chapters published: “How Does Writing Assessment Frame College Writing Programs?” in Writing Assessment in the 21st Century (Hampton, 2012) and “Politics of Research and Assessment in Writing” in International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, Measures (Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse, 2012).

Allen Brizees co-authored book chapter, "The Engaged Dissertation: Three Points of View" was recently published in the edited collection, Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education (Graduate School Press, Syracuse University, 2012).

Terre Ryan was awarded a 2012 summer research fellowship at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks for her project, "Setting Liberty’s Table." Dr. Ryan's work examines the twentieth century's victory gardening movements and contemporary discourses about public health, energy, food production and security, and sustainability. For more information about Dumbarton Oaks and the fellowship program, visit http://www.doaks.org/.

Tim Houghton's fifth collection of poems, The Height in Between, has just been published (Orchises Press 2012). He worked on poems for that book at the MacDowell Colony and Hawthornden Castle International Retreat.

Terre Ryan's This Ecstatic Nation, a work of nonfiction, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in September 2011.

Jane Satterfield was awarded 1st prize in the 2011 Mslexia Poetry Competition judged by UK poet Jo Shapcott. Her winning poem, “The War Years,” was published in Mslexia 51 (2011).

Andrea Leary won the 2011 Loyola University Maryland Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship. Andrea also won the 2011 "Light the Fire" Meritorious Service Award for her service-learning work with the Arc Maryland in her Art of the Argument course.

Peggy O'Neill's most recent text is a co-authored volume, Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning (2010), from Utah State University Press.

Ron Tanner won a 2009 Gertrude Press chapbook contest for his story "Wheels."

Cindy Moore and Peggy O'Neill published A Guide to College Writing Assessment with Utah State University Press in March 2009.

Brian Murray's The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dickens (2009) is available from Continuum Press.

Jane Satterfield's book Daughters of Empire is available from Demeter Press (2009).

Peggy O'Neill's co-edited collection, Assessing Writing: A Critical Sourcebook, was published by Bedford St. Martin’s and NCTE (2008). The text includes articles on the history, theory, and practice of writing assessment.

Amber Davis


Amber’s interdisciplinary major and minor allow her to explore different paths that incorporate her academic passions and career pursuits

English, Communication, Writing