Category Archives: Announcement

Congratulations to our high school essay contest winners!

This year, our Department organized a Grade 11 and 12 English Essay Writing Competition, and now we are pleased to announce the results.

Jack Farrell, winner of the 2017 High School Essay Writing Competition

Jack Farrell, winner of the 2017 MSVU English Essay Writing Competition, with English Department Chair Dr. Reina Green (left), and Dr. Janet Friesen (right), Halifax Grammar School

First prize:

Jack Farrell, Halifax Grammar School, “Creon as a Warning of Autocracy”

Honourable Mention:

Ciara Harris, J.L. Ilsley High School, “Contrasting Literary Styles in Fahrenheit 451 and Animal Farm

Ruining Zhang, Sacred Heart School of Halifax, “Sweet Potato Nostalgia”

Evelyn Cormier, Halifax West High School, “The Birth and Destruction of Honour”

Jack Farrell won an iPad Mini as the first prize, while the writers who received an honourable mention were awarded gift certificates to a local bookstore.

The Mount English Department is pleased to highlight the work of young writers, from high school through university and beyond. We look forward to seeing participating students, their parents, and teachers at a reception in the fall.


English at the Mount

Our English courses feature small classes where students have plenty of opportunities to write with feedback from their professors, while our unique Writing Minor focuses not only on creative writing, but also on rhetoric, editing, and writing in various genres.

 

 

Two English faculty honoured at Convocation

David Wilson receiving teaching award, Convocation 2017

David Wilson received the MSVU Alumnae Part-time Teaching Award

Congratulations to David Wilson, who received the MSVU Alumnae Part-time Teaching Award at Convocation in May. An instructor in both our English and Writing programs, he was commended for his engaging style and for his innovative online courses. You can see one of the videos he developed for his online ENGL 1171 course here.

 

Susan Drain Convocation 2017

Dr. Susan Drain was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita at Convocation

At the same Convocation, Dr. Susan Drain, who retired last December, was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita. Dr. Drain has served in many positions in her career, such as the English Department Writing Co-ordinator, Department Chair, Secretary of Senate, Faculty Association executive — to name only a few. She is also a multiple teaching award winner, including the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship (the only Mount faculty to hold that distinction). Her current research project is Percy’s War, a daily blog about the experiences of a Canadian gunner in WWI.

Congratulations to both David and Susan!

Photos from the Mount Flickr album

Congratulations English grads 2017

It was a lovely spring day for the 2017 B.A. convocation on Friday, May 19th. Congratulations to our newest English alumni.

English grads and faculty 2017

We managed to gather almost all of the English grads for this photo, along with attending faculty. From left to right, Dr. Reina Green, Dr. Karen Macfarlane. Back row: David Wilson, Luke Hammond, Kevin Smith, Andrew Potter, Ryan Terry, Dr. Anna Smol. Front, left to right: Cassadie Day, Sarah Vallis, Allyson Roussy, Gavin Rollins, Dr. Diane Piccitto, Dr. Susan Drain.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Allyson K. Roussy (with first-class honours)

Sarah K. Vallis (with first-class honours)

Bachelor of Arts (Major)

Duaa Chamsi Basha

Cassadie F. Day

Luke P. Hammond

Michael Luciano

Andrew Potter

Gavin L. Rollins

Ryan K. Terry

Bachelor of Arts (Combined Major)

Kevin Smith (English and History)

Congratulations also to Professor David Wilson, who received the MSVU Part-Time Teaching Award and to Dr. Susan Drain, who was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita.

Graduates, please keep in touch! If you haven’t already, please join the English Society Facebook group or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep up with our activities. Or subscribe for email notifications from this blog (scroll down on this page to find the subscription form). However you do it, let us know where your future adventures take you!

Watch this blog for more convocation pictures in the days ahead.

New Course Descriptions 2017-18

booklet launch 2017The new English and Writing course descriptions for 2017-2018 are now available! Our course booklet launch is on right now until 2 p.m. today.  Come to the fifth floor of Seton in the English Corner and grab a coffee and a booklet. Faculty advisors are standing by to help.

You can also find the course descriptions on our English Department website — click on “Course Guide 2017-18.”  Unfortunately, the website doesn’t come with snacks.

Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas at the Mount

Halifax Poet Laureate
Rebecca Thomas

Public Performance

Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas

photo credit Javian Trotman

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, noon
MSVU Faculty Lounge Seton 404-405

Hosted by the Departments of English, History, Sociology and Anthropology, Women’s Studies,  and the Cultural Studies programme

Everyone welcome!

Bad Poetry Reading 2017

Bad poetry reading 2017

Lighten the winter blues and come to the
English Society Meet and Greet
and
Bad Poetry Reading
not your usual finger-snapping poetry evening
Wednesday, January 18
Seton 404
4:30

All welcome

The English Department began hosting an annual evening of bad poetry, organized by Dr. Chris Ferns, thirty years ago. It has become a much anticipated evening full of laughter at the expense of some of our most famous poets who have written some of the most dreadful poetry.

Come and join us to hear such classics as the “Ode on the Mammoth Cheese,” “The Mongrel,” and “The Bells,” the latter complete with a memorable chorus. Participation is also encouraged. If you would like to read a poem, let us know, and we will find one for you.

 

 

Farewell gathering for Dr. Susan Drain

Dr. Susan Drain

The English Department invites the Mount community to a farewell gathering for Dr. Susan Drain. Susan will give a short presentation, “The Great War Writ Small: the soldier, the scholar and the wordpress,” on editing and publishing the papers of Percy Theobald, a gunner in WWI. She notes that this project brings together everything she has learned in her eclectic academic career.

Thursday, December 15
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
McCain 105

You can find Dr. Drain’s blog, Percy’s War, here.

Rhoda Zuk receives CAUT Award

 

Dr. Rhoda Zuk, CAUT Dedicated Service Award

Dr. Rhoda Zuk with her CAUT Dedicated Service Award

Today at the Mount’s Faculty Association general meeting, Dr. Rhoda Zuk received the CAUT Dedicated Service Award. According to CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers), the award “was established to recognize exceptional service provided by individuals at the local or provincial level.” Dr. Zuk received a certificate of recognition at the meeting, and her name will be listed in the CAUT Bulletin and on their website, as well as announced at their Council meeting.

The English Department Chair, Dr. Reina Green, read a citation for her, which is excerpted below:

[Rhoda Zuk] is not only a valued colleague, but a mentor and an inspiration. She has been involved with the union since she began working here and over the last several years she has sat on the Faculty Association executive as secretary, president, and past-president. She has been a trustee of the CAUT Defence Fund, an executive member of the Nova Scotia Federation of University Faculty Associations—the forerunner of Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers–and she has been a member of our bargaining team not once, but twice. She quietly gets on with the job—whether the job is being chair of the department, sitting on senate, or being president of the union—with little fanfare or complaint and is considerate and gracious to all….

She has the knack of identifying the heart of a problem—the injustice at the core of it all. She is an advocate in all she does for the marginalized. She has been a proponent of Fair Work Week and an adamant supporter of our part-time colleagues, and is a vociferous advocate for students struggling with inadequate support, financial or otherwise. I know that at the bargaining table she would be equally adamant about our rights as faculty members and is most deserving of this award….

Rhoda Zuk is the fourth English Department member to receive this award, joining Susan Drain, Chris Ferns, and David Monaghan among the Mount’s previous recipients.

The Department extends its congratulations to Rhoda for this well-deserved award!

Tenure-Track Position in Writing Studies

English Course Guide

Our department is pleased to announce that we are looking for someone with a PhD in Writing Studies, Rhetoric, or Creative Writing to take up a tenure-track position starting in July 2017. We’ll begin considering applications on January 16, so we encourage all qualified candidates to apply, including Indigenous persons, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. You’ll find details in the official university job ad [pdf] or on the Mount Saint Vincent University list of full-time academic positions. Our Collective Agreement can be viewed on the Faculty Association homepage .

We invite you to explore our English Department website and this blog, which we hope will give you some insight into the activities of both faculty and students in our collegial department.

English Department seminar

an English Department seminar