Student Spotlight: Ryan Engley

Ryan Engley headshotRyan Engley is a fifth-year PhD candidate looking at the intersection of psychoanalysis and contemporary narrative media in his dissertation To Be Continued: Serial Storytelling in New Narrative Media. In this study, he proposes that seriality is not a particular media form but a theory of traumatic confrontation with our own ability to control or direct a narrative. Ryan will be graduating soon and has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

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Faculty Profile: Dr. Christine Mok

Dr. Christine Mok is the newest faculty member in the English department. After three semesters teaching at the University of Rhode Island, she is able to honestly say that it was the easiest transition that anyone could imagine and that it is wonderful being in our department. Before she joined us, she was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for four and a half years. One of the things that made her transition seamless was moving from one state institution to another. However, Mok is quick to point out that our department is extremely collegial and that class sizes tend to be much smaller than other state institutions. One of the few things that was difficult in the transition was this issue of scale. Rather than teaching to a large lecture hall with 150 students and 6 graduate teaching assistants, classes are smaller and offer the chance for meaningful interaction between instructors and students. Though this required Mok to adjust her projection and classroom presence, it was far outweighed by her excitement to return to Rhode Island. Another reason this transition was simple was that Mok completed her PhD at Brown in Theatre and Performance Studies.

If you had asked Christine Mok if she planned to be an academic up until partway through her MFA, her answer would have been no. Continue reading “Faculty Profile: Dr. Christine Mok”

Reflections on the 2018 Ocean State Writing Conference

This October 25, 26, and 27 marked the 12th annual Ocean State Writing Conference at URI. This event is the work of many hands, including graduate student students. The new cohort features several creative writers and below are some reflections on the conference. Continue reading “Reflections on the 2018 Ocean State Writing Conference”

New Humanities Symposium, Revolt!

A new humanities symposium will be taking place this fall. Revolt! Student Protest from 1968 to Today will take place in the Paff Auditorium at the Providence URI campus on September 14, 2018. English department graduate students have been a driving force in creating and organizing this new college initiative. Departments throughout the College of Arts & Sciences, as well as other programs and centers, are participating in this event which aims to have a timely and scholarly discussion of student protest, the place of protest on college campus, and activism more generally.

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Nic Schumann discusses Non-traditional Career Opportunities

The final installment of  “Non-traditional Career Opportunities for Students in Humanities and Social Sciences” on April 19th featured Nic Schumann, co-founder and COO of Work-Shop Design Studio. Focusing on digital skills and entrepreneurship, Schumann was a wonderful speaker on this topic who identifies primarily as an entrepreneur rather than considering himself as limited to one field or discipline. Throughout the talk, he asked thoughtful questions and gave broad advice that provided insight into the employer’s side of hiring and retaining the best colleagues. Continue reading “Nic Schumann discusses Non-traditional Career Opportunities”