SOA Faculty Making News

Kirstan-OHare-267x300Dr. Kristian O’Hare (Literature and Languages) received a writing fellowship from Lambda Literary and took part in their annual Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. Lambda’s Retreat is among the country’s most competitive writer’s residencies and the only one specifically for LGBTQ writers. The retreat was held July 24 – 31, 2016 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In October, Dr. O’Hare was awarded a residency at the Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee. He spent the week of October 24-30th writing poetry and taking care of sheep, chickens, goats, and a donkey named Jayne.

This winter, San Francisco State University’s literary journal Fourteen Hills will publish Dr. O’Hare’s poem “Dowsing.”

carrierem_pic2Dr. Marius Carriere (History and Political Science) attended the Southern Historical Association Conference in St. Petersburg, FL and participated in a session on “New Insights into Understudied Aspects of the Civil War.” He also presented a paper about Americans and War entitled, “The Road to Secession, Louisiana Politics in the 1850s,” at the Ohio Valley History Conference. He was joined by adjunct professor Doug Cupples who presented a paper entitled, “The Union Occupation of Memphis during the Civil War.”

Dr. Seth Lee‘s (Literature and Languages) article, “Edmund Spenser’s Mind of Exile and Colonial Apologetics,” will appear in Studies in English Literature in February. Additionally, his monograph, The Discourse of Exile and National Identity in Early Modern England, is now under contract with Routledge. The project defines and traces the development of the mens exili in a variety of authors, groups, and genres including Geoffrey Chaucer and Edmund Spenser, the Lollards, Elizabethan Catholic exiles and the Marian exiles. The book provides a clearer understanding of exile as an important part of the development of a modern English national identity, and it demonstrates how the experience of exile, filtered through literary consciousness, influenced both the imaginative and the polemic literature of the Reformation.

Nick Peña’s (Visual and Performing Arts) artwork was featured in Fubiz, one of the largest online magazines in France, in an article entitled “Quirky Painting Juxtapositions.”

Dr. Jeff Sable (Behavioral Sciences) had a short paper published in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education entitled, ”Cognitive Neuroscience and Single-Word Processing“. It’s published in a new format of theirs called “Amazing Papers in Neuroscience” and is freely available online.



Dr. Colby Taylor (Behavioral Sciences) will appear as a contestant on Jeopardy on January 10th! Be sure to tune in and set your DVRs to record!


The following faculty were recognized at this year’s Convocation:

  • Ms. Jana Travis (Visual and Performing Arts): The Harold R. Krelstein Chair in Performing Arts & Communication
  • Dr. James “Bru” Wallace (Religion and Philosophy): The Brother Bernard Lococo Presidential Chair
  • Dr. Alison Lukowski (Literature and Languages): New Advisor of the Year
  • Dr. Samantha Alperin (Education): Promoted to Professor
  • Dr. Richard “Cort” Casey (Education): Promoted to Associate Professor
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature and Languages): Promoted to Associate Professor
  • Mr. Matthew Hamner (Visual and Performing Arts): Awarded Tenure
  • Dr. Benjamin Jordan (History and Political Science): Promoted to Associate Professor; awarded Tenure
  • Mr. Nicholas Pena (Visual and Performing Arts): Awarded Tenure

Pictures from Convocation can be found here.