Faculty Research


Publications (current & forthcoming)

Rob Carney published over 40 poems, many with online links included on the .pdf.

Todd Goddard will publish "'Thy Placeless Power': Melville, Mobility, and the Poetics of Placelessness" in The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, vol 93, 2016.

Kara Van De Graaf's book, Spitting Image, will be published by Southern Illinois University Press.

Laura Hamblin built a web site of oral histories from Iraqi Women Refugees that she interviewed during her Spring 2015 sabbatical.

Gae Lyn Henderson will publish her co-edited essay collection, Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis, with Southern Illinois University Press on October 10, 2016.

Rick McDonald will publish:

  • “Using the Ancrene Wisse to Help Students ‘Get’ Julian of Norwich: An Experiment” in one of the next two issues of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching

  • “Encountering Snarks in Anglo-Saxon Translation: One Translator’s Top 10 list” in Cornering the Snarket: Medieval Essays on Snark and Sarcasm, Brill Press, 2017.

Kate McPherson will publish:

  • The Comedy of Errors, Textual Annotations and Glosses, The New Oxford Shakespeare, ed. Gary Taylor, Terri Bourus, and John Jowett. Oxford University Press. October 2016.

  • Pericles, Textual Annotations and Glosses, The New Oxford Shakespeare, ed. Gary Taylor, Terri Bourus, and John Jowett. Oxford University Press. October 2016.

Julie Nichols' book, Pigs When They Straddle the Air, will be published by Zarahemla Press.

Jans Wager will publish her third book, Jazz and Cocktails: Rethinking Race and the Sound of Film Noir, with Texas University Press.

Jans Wager will publish a bibliographic entry on Ida Lupino in Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies, Ed. Krin Gabbard, Oxford University Press.

Conference Presentations

Angie Carter, Chris Lee, & Aaron Gates (UVU Student Intern) presented their panel, "A New Prescription for Dialogic Action: Reframing the Writing Conference as a Contact Zone." 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX. 

Wioleta Fedeckzo, Nathan Gale, Mark Pepper, and Jerry Petersen presented their panel, "Re-Inventing the FYC Program?: Stories of Fear, Loathing, and Learning from Junior Faculty at the State's Largest University." 2016 Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Todd Goddard presented the following papers:

  • "Teaching Twain's Environmental Legacy." Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Hartford, CT.
  • "Teaching With an Audience: Curating an Exhibit on Women Writers." UVU Engaged Learning Conference, Orem, UT.

Nathan Gorelick presented the following papers and lecture:

  • “The Failure of Psychoanalysis.” 2016 Clinical Cases Seminar, hosted by the Groupe  Interdisciplinaire Freudien de Recherches et d’Interventions Cliniques et Culturelles (GIFRIC), Québec, QC, Canada.

  • “The Human Object: Between Lacan and New Materialism.” 2016 LACK Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.

  • “Fantasy and Phenomenology: A Question Concerning Technique.” 2016 Meeting of the Modern Language Association, Forum for Psychoanalysis, Psychology and Literature, Austin, TX.

  • “The Unconscious in Quebec.” Invited Lecture for the Global Spotlight: Canada program at Utah Valley University, January 2016.

Rick McDonald will present the paper “The Place of Babel in Medieval Language Theories.” 2016 Southeast Medieval Association Conference, Knoxville, TN.

Mark Pepper presented the paper "Slacktivism Versus Hacktivism: Hacking the Classroom for a Better Critical Pedagogy." Utah Digital Humanities Symposium, Orem, UT.

Jerry Petersen presented the paper "Launching Research Projects with the Annotated Bibliography." UVU Engaged Learning Conference, Orem, UT.

Brian Whaley presented the paper “The Controlled Reveal: Isherwood and a Culture of Surveillance.” 2016 PCA Conference, Seattle, WA.


Rob Carney  received the following awards/recognitions:

  • Finalist for the Washington Book Award for Poetry, 2016, for 88 Maps.

  • Finalist for the 4th Annual 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry, 2016, for 88 Maps.
  • Best of the Net 2016 nominations from The Poet’s Billow for “It Only Looks Like Leaving to Someone Standing Still” and “Lynx Music.”

Todd Goddard received the Bordin-Gillette Research Fellowship from the Bently Historical Library at University of Michigan, 2016-17.

Kara Van De Graaf's book, Spitting Image, was awarded the 2016-17 Crab Orchard Press First Book Prize.

Laura Hamblin was nominated for the Faculty Excellence Award.

Laura Hamblin was honored by the Utah Women's Walk Opening Gala.


Rob Carney held the following invited readings:

  • Poetry Reading for the City Arts Reading Series as one of the finalists for the 15 Bytes Book Award, Salt Lake City, UT, 12 Oct. 2016.

  • Poetry Reading and Panel Participant for the Helicon West Anthology premiere and book signing, Logan, UT, 8 Sept. 2016.

  • Poetry Reading and Interview for “Prose, Poetry & Purpose” (KVSH 101.9 FM, Vashon Island, WA), hosted by  March Twisdale, 25 July 2016.
  • Featured Poet, Utah Arts Fest, Salt Lake City, UT, 25 June 2016.

  • Visiting Poet (reading and class workshop), Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO, 21-22 Apr. 2016.

  • Featured Poet, Lost Horse Press Reading (plus a panelist and workshop instructor) at the Get Lit. Festival, Spokane, WA, 15-17 Apr. 2016.

Works in Progress

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

Todd Goddard is currently working on a book-length study of pioneering realist and nineteenth-century American writer Caroline M. Kirkland.

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.