Spring 2013 Department of English Newsletter

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This semester has seen both a sad transition and notable achievements for faculty and students in the Department of English.

First, I am sorry to convey news of the death of Joseph B. DeRoche (1938-2013). Joe’s love of poetry, his humility, and humanity touched many students over more than 40 years at Northeastern, and he will be greatly missed; see Marina Leslie’s tribute to this unique member of our community.

On a happier note, you will find news of the recognition of many current students and faculty. The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) this year inaugurated several new programs to support scholarly activity. Nicole Aljoe and Ryan Cordell, both assistant professors, and Lana Cook, a doctoral candidate, will be part of the first cohort of Northeastern Humanities Center Resident Fellows, while Professors Carla Kaplan, Kathleen Kelly, and Janet Randall are recipients of SSH Dean’s Research Development Grants, also in their first year.

Faculty and students are making their scholarly marks externally as well as within Northeastern. As the 2012-13 academic year ends, assistant professor Erika Boeckeler returns from a fellowship year at the Wellesley College Newhouse Humanities Center, crossing paths with Carla Kaplan, Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature, who will spend the 2013-14 year at Wellesley as the Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor. You can read more about these and other faculty achievements and about the activities of our graduate students.

This May saw the graduation of a bumper crop of more than 30 majors (including combined majors with Cinema Studies and Linguistics). At our departmental reception honoring our graduates on May 3, Tesla Cariani, graduating with the highest departmental GPA, spoke about the challenges as well as the joys of being a Northeastern English major. You can read the full text of her remarks on our Facebook page, Northeastern University, English Department. Elise Funke, an English/Linguistics dual major graduating with the second-highest GPA, recognized mentors in both majors; Robert Gewirtz spoke about the road that has led him to a position as Marketing Associate/Recruiter at the Jinghua Language School in Tenzhen, China; and Mackenzie Cockerill, who will begin an M.Lit. at the University of Glasgow in fall 2013, read an apt short story about searching and desire.

The department extends hearty congratulations to all of our graduates! I hope our new alumni/ae will look forward to the Newsletter, “Like” us on Facebook, and stay connected via so that we can follow your further transitions and adventures.

Laura Green
English Department Chair