Congratulations to English majors and minors, Class of 2015 & 2016, Elizabeth Barr, Emily Hayward, Garrett Johnson, Evan Katz, Heather Lomax, Theodore Nollert, Emileigh Pope, Hayley Rosenfield, Thomas Simmermaker, Taylor White, & Lee Whitley for being inducted into Sigma Tau Delta Rhodes Chapter: Tau Sigma on April 16, 2015.

Congratulations to English majors, Class of 2016, Theodore Nollert, Thomas Simmermaker, Camille Smith and Alexandra de Witt for being tapped for membership in the Torch Chapter of Mortar Board at Rhodes College! (Publication Date: 4/2/2015)

Congratulations to the following English majors for being inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the college’s oldest honor society on April 7, 2015. (Publication Date: 4/1/2015)

Class of 2015: Bailey Heldmar                
Class of 2016: Theodore Nollert, Thomas Simmermaker, Camille Smith, & Alex de Witt

Dr. Seth Rudy, assistant professor of English at Rhodes, is quoted in a New York Times article. (Publication Date: 3/23/2015)

Congratulations to English majors Lauren Albright, Amanda Crist, Harrison Martin & Theodore Nollert for being inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. (Publication Date: 3/17/2015)

Read about senior English major, Phoebe Driscoll ′15, at Faces of Rhodes!

The Department of English congratulates retired Dean & Professor of English, Dr. Michael Leslie, who was awarded an honorary degree from The University of the South on January 16th, 2015 for his distinguished service and contributions.

Read "Erasing Duchamp" by English major alumna Rebecca Bates ′09 in the PARIS REVIEW, 12/11/2014.

The Department of English proudly congratulates Assistant Professor Seth Rudy on the publication of his new book, Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain, October 2014.

Read about English major Phoebe Driscoll′s documentary feature “Pharaohs of Memphis” shown Oct. 30, 2014 at Hattiloo Theatre during the 17th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Read about Rhodes′ own Bill Short, Associate Director of Library Services and English major ′71, collaborating on a new book about adventurer Richard Halliburton. (Publication Date: 10/29/2014)

English major Emily Clark ’15 has published an article about The Bridge, a student-run newspaper, giving hope and opportunity to the homeless community in Memphis. View it here.

Professor & Chair Marshall Boswell presented a Faculty Development Endowment (FDE) lecture, "The Rival Lover: David Foster Wallace and the Anxiety of Influence in Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot" on Friday, October 31st in New Dining Room West.

Read about English major Emily Clark ′15 at "Faces of Rhodes"!

Professor & Chair Marshall Boswell  presented the keynote lecture at the Infinite Wallace Conference in Paris, France on Thursday, September 11th, 2014.

Congratulations to English Department faculty member "Dr". Jessica Maxwell for successfully defending her dissertation at George Washington University, August 2014.

Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Ernest Gibson, discussed "The Talented Tenth - Then and Now" with Dr. Russell Wigginton and Dr.Terrence Tucker at Hattiloo Theatre, August 11, 2014.

Read about Assistant Professor of English Seth Rudy′s research "Building a Better Humanities Toolbox Using Data Sets and Statistics" in Rhodes Magazine.

Read about English major alumna and Assistant Professor of English, Caki Wilkinson, at Faces of Rhodes.

Read about English major alumna, Olivia Hipp, at Faces of Rhodes.

Congratulations to the following Rhodes College English majors for making the Southern Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll. Hannah Halford ’14, Tyler Mathews ’14, Emily Clark ’15, Mariah Giblin ’15, Genevieve Bettendorf ‘16. (Publication Date: 7/7/2014)

Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III, Assistant Professor of English at Rhodes, recently received the Esther M. Terry Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. (Publication Date: 6/2/2014)

Congratulations to Olivia Hipp, English major ’14, who received a prestigious teaching assistantship in France. (Publication Date: 5/19/2014)

Congratulations to English major Chelsea Ortego ′14 on the publication of her poem "A Ghost with Four Names" in the 2014 Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle journal, Vol. 89, p 12.

Congratulations to the following English majors for being inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society: John Cerrito ′14,  Emily Clark ′15, Conor LaRocque ′15.
(Publication Date: 4/28/2014)

Congratulations to English majors: Amanda Blagg, John Cerrito, Max Gray, Amy Hendricks, Shelby Lund, Margaret McGowan, Joshua Muller, Samantha Smith. They have been invited to join the Rhodes College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as Members-in-Course.

Associate Professor of English Scott Newstok advocated for the liberal arts at three institutions this semester: Mississippi State University, where he met with students from the Shackouls Honors College as part of their Shakespeare Week; Southwestern University, where he lectured about the liberal arts as the "crafts of freedom"; and Grinnell College, where he discussed career paths for humanities graduates. Last semester, as part of a national symposium on "Reinventing Liberal Education," Newstok spoke on a Phi Beta Kappa plenary panel about his plea for "close learning," which first appeared in Inside Higher Ed, and has since been reprinted in AAC&U′s Liberal Education, Stanford′s Tomorrow′s Professor and Teaching Commons, and FRN′s Network: A Journal of Faculty Development.

Associate Professor Scott Newstok  lectured on “Crafting Freedom” on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas.

The Rhodes College Department of English Faculty & Staff extended our deepest sympathy to the family of Richard Clement Wood, former Professor of English at Rhodes College, who died at St. Francis Hospital Bartlett on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. He taught English at his alma mater, Rhodes College, from 1967 until his retirement in 1988. Memorial services were held Monday, March 10 at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.

The Rhodes College Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta inducted 12 new members on Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 3:30 pm in East Village Lodge.

Associate Professor Scott Newstok will take part in a discussion about Orson Welles′s 1952 production of Othello on Wednesday, February 19th at 4:00 pm at the Shackouls Honors College, Mississippi State University.

Professor Anne Reef′s First Year Writing Seminar class was mentioned on the The Geoff Calkins Show podcast with guest Dave Zirin on 02/7/14. Listen now.

Michelle Hope, English Major ’06, shares how she uses the iPad to evaluate classroom teaching methods. (Publication Date: 2/05/2014).

Read about senior English major ′14 Victoria Anthony′s passion for urban education at "Faces of Rhodes".

Carol Wicker, Rhodes English major alumna and English teacher at Wakefield High School in Wake County, N.C., has been appointed to the Teacher Advisory Committee of North Carolina by Governor Pat McCrory. (Publication Date: 12/12/2013).

Read an article published in The Feminist Wire by Assistant Professor of English, Ernest Gibson III. (9/05/2013)

Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III, discusses higher ed achievement gap among African American males. (Publication Date: 9/05/2013).

Dr. Rebecca Finlayson, assistant professor of English at Rhodes, was presented the 2013 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service at the college’s Opening Convocation Aug. 16, 2013. (Publication Date: 8/19/2013).

“Smoke and Mirrors” by Caki Wilkinson, assistant professor of English at Rhodes and a 2003 Rhodes alumna, is featured on Poetry Daily. (Publication Date: 7/24/2013).

Read "The Next Big Thing Interview" of Assistant Professor Caki Wilkinson in 32 Poems magazine.

Read "A Plea for ′Close Learning′", Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2013 by Associate Professor of English, Scott Newstok.

Congratulations to Professor and Dean of British Studies, Michael Leslie, on the publication of his new book "The Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age", Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.

English major alumna Hayley Farmer ’13 teaches college prep and enrichment classes for the Memphis Midtown North community.(Publication Date: 6/20/2013).

Rhodes English major Samantha Smith ’14 is a summer intern with the education division of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.(Publication Date: 6/17/2013).

Professor Marshall Boswell, Chair of the Department of English, discussed novel by David Foster Wallace on National Public Radio (NPR). (Publication Date: 5/29/2013).

The Faculty & Staff of the Department of English wish to congratulate Assistant Professor Caki Wilkinson, who has been named winner of the 2013 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor′s Choice Award for "The Stone Museum".

Rhodes alumna Amy Lawrence, English major, has been named the grand-prize winner of the 2013 Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest for her story “To Be Happy,” which will be published in the magazine’s June 2013 culture issue. (Publication Date: 5/13/2013).

The Department of English congratulates the following winners of the 2013 student awards; Julie Borden, Jeremy Culver, Katherine Flynt, Amaryllis Lyle, Mary Katherine Millis, Katherine Neale & Dev Varma. Read more.

Professor Ernest L. Gibson III to serve as advisor of rechartered Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter. (Publication Date: 04/22/2013).

The faculty & staff of the Department of English congratulate Professor and Chair, Marshall Boswell, on the publication of his new book A Companion to David Foster Wallace Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, March 2013.

′98 English major alumna, Sarah Lacey, will headline the Nashville Conference for Entrpreneurs. Sponsored by Launch Tennessee and the Music City Music Council, the event is scheduled for June 12-13. Read more.

The Department of English proudly congratulates Professor & Dean of British Studies, Michael Leslie, for being selected to participate in the Faces of Rhodes Faculty Focus series. To learn more about Professor Leslie, click here to see the interview video. 

The Department of English proudly congratulates the following students marking their induction into Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society - Rhodes Chapter! The ceremony was held Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Juan Buncal, John Cerrito, Emma Fesperman, Jasmine Gilstrap, Max Gray, Emma Harkins, Anna Lockhart, Shelby Lund, Margaret McGowan, Josh Muller, Chelsea Ortego, Alexandra Sterne, Alexandra Videmsky

Congratulations to English majors, John Cerrito ′14 and Samantha Smith ′14, for being selected to join the Torch Chapter of Mortar Board at Rhodes College!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies Program Director, Rashna Richards, on the publication of her new book, Cinematic Flashes.

Congratulations to English Majors Kristen Baker, Molly Glaser, Max Gray, Tyler Mathews, Talor Paige, and Samantha Smith who were recently inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. (Publication Date: 02/22/2013).

Read about ′06 English major Jen Andrews in The Memphis Flyer article "20<30" by Richard Alley.

Rhodes English alumna Kathryn Johnson ’11 presented ‘Afraid to Speak?’: Language and Systems of Oppression in Fletcher’s The Island Princess at the Early Modern Colloquium’s “Violence in the Early Modern Period” interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Michigan. (Publication Date: 2/11/2013).

Congratulations to senior English majors Mae Casey, Betsy Peterson & Will Rikard for making the 2012 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Honor Roll! (Publication Date: 1/28/2013).

′68 English major William “Bick” Johnson, executive chef at Bald Headed Bistro in Cleveland, Tenn., will be featured among the 2013 best chefs in America in a coffee-table book to be published in March. (Publication Date: 01/28/2013).

Memphis Centered Speaker Series: "How Yellow Fever Changed Memphis" - A Conversation with Molly Caldwell Crosby ′95 English major. January 23rd in Clough Hall, Orgill Room.

Congratulations to Rhodes College English major Samantha Smith ‘14 for being chosen as one of only 20 students nationwide to be offered a writing internship with the national office of the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Washington, D.C. (Publication Date: 1/09/2013).

Department of English Assistant Professor, Dr. Ernest Gibson, is featured in the January 10, 2013 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education in a photo essay entitled "Black Dandies Fashion New Academic Identities".

Professor Lori Garner spoke at the International Summit on Epic Studies: Toward Diversity, Creativity and Sustainability in Beijing, China, held November 17-18, 2012. She presented "Healing Charms, Sustainability, and the Old English Epic Tradition".

Professor Seth Rudy spoke at the "Encyclopedias and beyond, or: what was modern about the modern encyclopedia?" international conference which took place at the National Library in Oslo in connection with the exhibition "All knowledge for everyone – encyclopedias and beyond", November 8-9, 2012. Abstract: The More Things Change: Experiments in Encyclopedism, Past and Present.

Congratulations to Michelle Hardin, Class of 2014, English major for being inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa Religion and Theology Honor Society. (Publication Date: 10/01/2012).

Global ′Hamlet′s Symposium took place on October 5th, 2012! Read More

Congratulations to Allen Reynolds, Class of 1960 English major! He was honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame and museum’s Poets and Prophets: Legendary Songwriters salute. (Publication Date: 09/24/2012).

Read about English major Rin Abernathy, Academic Activist in "Faces of Rhodes".

Professor Michael Leslie delivered the keynote lecture for the International Symposium, "Gardening and Knowledge- Landscape Design and the Sciences in the Early Modern Period" (September 17-19, 2012) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Dream job achieved for English major Brian Lainoff ′12. Read more.

Congratulations to English major Tammie Ritchey ′93 for being named to Memphis Business Journal’s list of “Super Women in Business.” (Publication Date: 07/19/2012).

Congratulations to Writing Fellow Elizabeth Tomlinson ′12 for being awarded a U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study in Russia this summer. (Publication Date: 05/24/2012).

Congratulations to senior English majors Jeremy Culver and Erin Dressel for being invited to join Phi Beta Kappa (Gamma of Tennessee) as Members-in-Course. (Publication Date: 4/23/2012).

Assistant Professor Lori Garner presented “Manuscripts and Multiforms: Old English Charms, Swarms, and Herbs in Context" at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies on April 16th, 2012.

Congratulations to English major Jake Groves ’12 for being awarded the U.S. Student Fulbright award for 2012-2013 to Russia. Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. (Publication Date: 04/16/2012).

Congratulations to senior English majors Robin Abernathy and Katherine McCoid for being selected to join the Torch Chapter of Mortar Board at Rhodes College which recognizes achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. (Publication Date: 4/13/2012)

The Rhodes Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, known as the Phi Circle, has selected English majors Katherine McCoid, Chelsea McLeod and Erin Dressel as new members. Assistant Professor of English and Director of College Writing, Rebecca Finlayson, has also been selected as a new member. (Publication Date: 4/12/2012)

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Seth Rudy on his newest publication, "Pope, Swift, and the Poetics of Posterity" in Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35(3): 1-28.

Congratulations to English majors, Mollie Bussey-Spencer and Juan Roncal, Class of 2013, for being inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. (Publication Date: 2/22/2012).

Congratulations to English major Dev Varma ′11 on his newest publication, "We Were Man-Sized Monkeys" in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. 2.1 (2012): 62.

English major, Jen Andrews ′06, is developing, nurturing, and protecting the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy vision. Read more.

English major Keyana Williams ′12 is featured in ′Faces of Rhodes′. Read more.

Congratulations to Ryan Call ′05 English major for winning a 2011 Whiting Award for his debut book The Weather Stations. (Publication Date: 11/7/2011).

Barrett Hathcock ‘00, who previously taught at Rhodes in the Department of English, signed copies of his book, The Portable Son on January 19, 2012 at Burke’s Book Store.

Congratulations to English major, Dev Varma ′11, on his new publication, "Spontaneous Order", in Oxford American (August 2011) 74: 102-103.

Welcome to Michael Bogucki and Mary Molinary! New faculty members coming to the Department of English for 2011-2012. (Publication Date: 8/8/2011).

Rhodes English Major ′98 Sarah Lacy urges Memphians to be entrepreneurs. (Publication Date: 7/7/2011).

Read about English major and Bonner Scholar, Katy Johnson, in the USA Today blog!

Congratulations to English major Maggie Rector ′11 for receiving the 2011 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. (Publication Date: 5/17/2011).

Congratulations to the following English majors who have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa (Gamma of Tennessee) from the class of 2011. Noah Black, John Bryant, William Hunt, Kathryn Johnson and Dev Varma. English major Andrew C. Miller accepted membership during his junior year. (Publication Date: 4/25/2011)

English Majors inducted into Iota Iota Iota!
Congratulations to Alexandria Eiland ′11, Maia Henkin ′11, Robert C. Lam ′11, & Keyana Williams ′12. (Publication Date: 3/8/2011)

Students Named Volunteers of the Year - English major Catherine Rauck ′11 was named by the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center as a 2010 Volunteer of the Year! (Publication Date: 2/3/2011)

English Professor Mark Behr Strives to Maximize Imagination through Dialogue. Read the Dean′s Blog. (Publication Date: 01/20/11 by Office of Communications)

Behr’s Book Makes Long List - Associate Professor of English Mark Behr’s third novel, Kings of the Water, has been nominated for the prestigious 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. (Publication Date:11/23/2010)

Faces of Rhodes: Read about English major, Joel Iwaskiewicz ′10.

Congratulations to English major Kara Bowlin ′07 for being named "Best Bureaucrat - 2010". Read more.

English Major A Good Pick
, Say Students Who Landed Fashion Industry Internships in New York. (Publication Date: 11/10/2010)

"Coffee with Faculty" A conversation with English Professors about graduate school, Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. in Rhea Lounge (Briggs) hosted by Professor Rashna Richards. (PDF)

Professor Scott Newstok speaks about his courses and pedagogy in Europe. Read the Dean′s Blog. (Publication Date: 10/5/2010)

Rhodes Tops Newsweek′s List of “Most Service-Minded Schools”. (Publication Date: 9/14/2010), Video Gallery.

Professor Rashna Richards spoke at Indiafest, Saturday, August 28th, 2010. Read more.

Associate Professor Gordon Bigelow gave Rhodes’ 2010 Opening Convocation address on August 25, 2010. See video.

New Faculty Roll Call 2010-2011. Professors Mark Behr, Donald Jellerson & Seth Rudy join English. (Publication Date: 8/23/2010)

Congratulations to English major Bob Welsh ′ 59 for being selected for induction into the Rhodes College Athletic Hall of Fame. (Publication Date: 07/16/2010)

Congratulations to English major Mary Files Silitch ‘57. The Arkansas Aviation Historical Society has selected her to be inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame for 2010. (Publication Date: 07/13/2010)

Greece Bound: Meredith York ′10 to Teach English in Athens. (Publication Date: 06/14/2010)

Congratulations to Departmental Assistant Lorie Yearwood for receiving the 2010 Outstanding Administrative Staff award. (Publication Date: 5/19/2010)

Congratulations to Associate Professor Gordon Bigelow; 2010 recipient of the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching!

Congratulations to English major Michael Gossett! Michael received three awards at the 2010 Awards Convocation.

Congratulations to the following English majors: Hugh Barber ′11, Will Hunt ′11, Halley Johnson ′10, Bridget Nicholson ′10, Chelsea Ouellette ′10, and Dev Varma ′11 for being inducted by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) into the Phi Circle. (Publication Date: 5/07/2010)

Congratulations to Associate Professor Scott Newstok who has been awarded a sabbatical fellowship from the American Philosophical Society in support of his next book project, Twinomials: Residual Bilingualism and Philological Citizenship in English Renaissance Literature. Read more.

Congratulations to the following English majors: Natalie Chambers ′10, Jessica Comola ′10, Joel Iwaskiewicz ′10 and Andrew Miller ′11 for being invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society as Members-in-Course. (Publication Date: 4/26/2010)

Congratulations to Aaron Brame ′99 English major who has been selected as a Summer Scholar to attend a study seminar supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Publication Date: 4/19/2010)

Congratulations to the following new Mortar Board initiates: Maggie Rector and Dev Varma, Class of 2011 English majors. (Publication Date: 04/16/2010)

Congratulations to Caki Wilkinson ’03 English major for winning the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. (Publication Date: 04/14/2010)

Congratulations to Diana Comes ′08 English major for receiving the Dorothy Osradker Memorial Scholarship. Read more. (PDF)

Congratulations to Diana Comes ′08 English major for receiving the Volunteer of the Year award from the Tennessee Bar Association. Read more. (PDF)

Rhodes Makes “20 Best Colleges In The South” List
In and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity′s latest listing of the “20 Best Colleges in the South,” Rhodes College is number 10. (Publication Date: 1/20/2010)

Rhodes featured on
Popular advice site, owned by the New York Times Company, featured Rhodes College last week and followed up this week with a photo tour. According to, a Web traffic analysis service, attracted 448 million visitors in 2008. (Publication Date: 1/8/2010)

Rhodes Remains Among Top 40 Baccalaureate Institutions for Study Abroad
For percentage of undergraduate participation, Rhodes ranked 34th according to the Open Doors 2009 report recently released by the Institute of International Education (IIE). This includes British Studies At Oxford, a summer program offered by Rhodes College in affiliation with “The Associated Colleges of the South”. (Publication Date: 12/8/2009)

Congratulations to the following students who recently were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society:

Hugh Barber ’11
Michael Gossett ’10
Halley Johnson ’10
Amanda Kirtley ’10
Elizabeth Lawnin ’10
Brianna McCulllough ’10
Andrew Miller ’10
(Publication Date: 12/3/2009)

Natalie Chambers, ‘10 English Major, is one of four nominees for the Watson Fellowship. This Fellowship funds a full year of independent study and travel throughout the world in the year following graduation. Natalie’s proposed sites to visit are Peru, India, England, Israel, and Spain. Fellowship recipients will be announced in March. (Publication Date: 11/18/2009)

The student body of Rhodes College selected Joel Iwaskiewicz ’10 as this year’s Mr. Rhodes. Joel is an English major from Nashua, N.H. He sings with the Tuesday Fellowship worship team and the Woolsocks, Rhodes’ male a cappella group. He currently works as an English Department Writing Fellow. He was previously selected as Omicron Delta Kappa Sophomore Man of the Year. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature. (Publication Date: 10/29/2009)

Diana Comes, ′08 English Major, has been named recipient of the National Association of Women Judges′ Justice Sandra Day O′Connor Scholarship. She is currently in her second year at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She says about her undergraduate experience, “I was encouraged to take advantage of innumerable academic opportunities--for example, my senior honors project with Dr. Leslie Petty and my writing fellowship with Dr. Rebecca Finlayson. Rhodes and the English Department inspire students to think, to learn, and to grow.”
(Publication Date: 10/15/2009)