Monday, February 17, 2014

Stretching for Student Success

In Sunday's Albuquerque Journal, an opinion piece, titled "Rethinking Remedial Education Is Essential to Student Success," describes two curricular initiatives within the Core Writing Program that may eliminate "remediation" courses for first year writing that do not carry college credit. As Dr. Mark Peceny, Dean of UNM's College of Arts and Sciences, writes, 

"Our 'Stretch' program extends the work of the first semester writing course over two semesters, accompanied by overall assistance in the transition to college. In a trial run last summer, 100 percent of the students completed the first semester of work. In our equally successful 'Studio' program, students began typical first semester writing immediately and were supported with an extra one-credit-hour course that provided additional assistance in college-level writing. UNM is now prepared to extend these opportunities to all main campus students in the 2014-2015 academic year."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feroza Jussawalla wins UNM Faculty Teaching Award

The UNM Alumni Association has given the 2014 Faculty Teaching Award to Feroza Jussawalla.
Feroza Jussawalla’s specialty of postcolonial literature in the UNM English Department lends itself to teaching at a minority-majority university. Jussawalla earned her BA at a women’s college in India before furthering her studies at the University of Utah. She taught at UTEP for 21 years before coming to UNM in 2001. In her classes, Jussawalla relates the experiences of international writers who lived under colonial rule to the experiences of the myriad cultures in the Southwest. She embraces the importance of teaching and research, and works to see her students succeed at both.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Natasha Jones honored by Conference on College Composition and Communication

Dr. Natasha Jones won two awards from the Conference on College Composition and Communication! Her dissertation won the 2014 CCCC Outstanding Dissertation in Technical Communication. In addition, her article won the 2014 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Article Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication (as lead author). 
Congratulations, Natasha!

Daniel Worden awarded a B-Side Modernism/Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Fellowship

Professor Daniel Worden has been awarded a B-Side Modernism/Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Fellowship by the academic journal Nonsite. Sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, the fellowship funds archival research at Emory University’s Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. The results of Professor Worden’s research will then appear in a special issue of Nonsite on “B-Side Modernism.” For more information, see

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lindsey Ives to be Professor at Embry-Riddle

Lindsey Ives has accepted an offer for an Assistant Professor position in Composition and Second Language Writing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL.
Congratulations, Lindsey!