Faculty Research

Spring and Summer 2015


Rob Carney published a poetry collection, 88 Maps, with Lost Horse Press.

and also selected poems:

Lydia Kerr published "Freud Fainted" in Psychoanalysis and Inheritance. Duke University Press.

Kate McPherson was co-editor (with James Mardock) on a book of collected essays entitled Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England from Duquesne University Press.

Julie Nichols published various reviews for the Association of Mormon Letters:


Mark Pepper published:

  • "Review of Judy Wajcman's Pressed For Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism." Itineration: Cross Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture. Full Web-Text
  • "Post-Postmodernism and the Market Popularity of Superhero Movies" Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Issue 18. Link


Jerry Petersen published “The Failure of Certainty: Why Economics Needs Rhetoric”  in Virtues of Argumentation: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. Link     

Conference Presentations

Karin Anderson presented the paper "Dark Resurrections: Tales from a Utah Childhood" at the Popular Culture Association Conference.

Kate McPherson presented the papers:

  • "New Models of Mobilizing Undergraduate Research" at the Shakespeare Association of America Conference
  • "Shakespeare'a Life and Times Pedagogical Partnerships" at the Making Links Symposium
  • "Shakespeare's Life and Times Pedagogical Partnerships" at the Blackfriars Conference


Grant Moss presented his paper "Does This Car Make Me Look Gay? Homophobia, the VW Beetle, and the Curse of the 'Chick Car'" at the Popular Culture Association Conference.

Mark Pepper presented his paper "Affective Dissonance and Contextual Orientations to Digital Composing Across Three University Bodies" at the Computers and Writing conference.

Jerry Petersen presented the papers:

  •  “What about the Rogerian? On Empathy, Common Ground, and Transformational Writing” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • “Engaged Learning in the Classroom for Personal and Systemic Change: An Experiential Model” at the Higher Education Teaching and Learning/ Scholarship of Teaching Engagement (HETL/SoTE) Conference
  • Doing Interdependence and Counting what Counts in our Writing Classrooms” at the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference


Jans Wager presented the paper “Hearing Jazz in Film Noir” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference.


Rob Carney
received the 2014-2015 Dean's Award of Excellence for Creative Work.

Mark Pepper received the Kairos 2015 Best Webtext Award on behalf of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Full Web-Text

Jans Wager received the Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship Award for work on the Oxford University Press on-line annotated bibliography on actress, producer, film and television director Ida Lupino.


Karin Anderson was a guest reader at Southern Utah University (March 5, 2015). The event was sponsored by the SUU English Department.

Karin Anderson was an invitational participant at Colorado State University's Monfort Symposium, Crisis and Creativity.

Rob Carney will be leading a day-long poetry workshop called Word Pyromania: Exercises that Can Spark which is hosted by Writers @ Work.

Rob Carney and David Pace will share work from their new books at the Salt Lake City Public Library on 9/23/15. Event Page

Rob Carney was featured on the Out of Our Minds Radioshow. Podcast

Julie Nichols hosted Patrick Madden, nonfictionist from BYU, in late 2014. In spring 2015 she hosted guest poets: Meg Day, Kathryn Cowles, and Lara Candland, along with novelist David Armstrong. 

Works in Progress

Karin Anderson is currently working on a book: Dark Resurrections: Four Novellas.

Julie Nichols is working on a book of short stories called Everything to Do With You and a novel called The Studio: A Novel of Yeats and Blake.

Jans Wager is currently working on a book: Jazz and Cocktails: Music and Representation in Film Noir. Description and Abstract