Department of English

Becky Warfield's ENG 101 class learns about the environment by taking a kayak trip down the river.

Becky Warfield's ENG 101 class learns about the environment by taking a kayak trip down the river.

Beyond Morton Hall

Brunswick Gets Britt Boost

Michelle Britt at Brunswick

(Photo above)Michelle Britt shares ways of infusing non-fiction into the curriculum with Brunswick County high school English teachers.

English faculty members Michelle Britt and Dr. Victor Malo-Juvera continued the English department’s partnership with the Brunswick County School System this fall by conducting sessions for high school English teachers during a teacher professional development workday. 

Michelle discussed ways of using non-fiction in English classes while Victor shared best practices in teaching controversial literature.

Assistant Professor Named Co-Editor of Texas Journal

Dr. Victor Malo-Juvera named co-editor of Texas journal. - Photo by Shirley Mathews

Victor Malo-Juvera, Assistant Professor of English Education, has been named as a co-editor of English in Texas, the award-winning state-affiliate journal of the National Council of Teachers of English. English in Texas is peer-reviewed and is indexed in ERIC and EBSCO search engines. Dr. Malo-Juvera's editorship will run from 2016 to 2018.

Dr. Malo-Juvera will solicit manuscripts from professors, scholars, graduate students and teachers across the country in the fields of English, education, literacy and library sciences. Dr. Malo-Juvera will develop themed issues, work with bestselling young adult authors and ensure that the journal has a high-profile presence in academic databases.

Dr. Malo-Juvera will also be serving as a columnist/column editor for The ALAN Review, the peer-reviewed journal that focuses on young adult literature. His column will address issues of censorship in young adult literature.

English Professors Teach the Teachers

Shakespeare and argumentative writing got a boost in January 2016 when Don Bushman and Lewis Walker held sessions for high school teachers in the Brunswick County School System. on how to teach these subjects. Victor Malo-Juvera donated more than 100 books for teachers to use in their classrooms, all as a part of an on-going partnership between the UNCW English department and the Brunswick County Schools' division of secondary English.

(Photo below: Dr. Lewis Walker shows Brunswick County high school teachers how to make Shakespeare come alive in their classes.)

Dr. Lewis Walker shows high school teachers from Brunswick County schools how to teach a lively Shakespeare class.

Women and the Bike: Rediscovering Strength

Dr. Sarah Hallenbeck's latest book.

The bicycle didn't just enable women to have more independence; it also ushered in an era of transforming fashion, technology and the way they thought about their own health. Dr. Sarah Hallenbeck, in her latest book, explores how this 19th century fad led to reconfiguring the technology for themselves, freeing up the constraining clothing of the time and challenging the prevailing ideas of weakness and strength.

Take a look at what the reviewers are saying on


Nick Laudadio plays guitar with his indie band.

Rock On! - With a New Album

Nick Laudadio, associate professor of English, works with his indie rock band, Life of Saturdays. They have just released a 14-song album called So How We Seem, a sound influenced by such turn-of-the-century indie rock bands as Built to Spill, Spoon and Guided By Voices.

Take a look at the StarNews story by John Staton.

Stream or purchase Life of Saturdays' album So How We Seem at

(L-r) Lewis Walker, Amanda Coyne, Jane Ranney, and Katie Peel accept their trophy.

How Do We Spell Excellence?
With Aplomb!

Dr. Lewis Walker, Amanda Coyne, Jane Ranney (non-UNCW team member) and Katie Peel accept the first-place trophy.

They are members of the Wilmington Cape Fear Rotary Club spelling team, and they beat 17 other teams to win the high honors in the Cape Fear Literacy Council's 28th annual Spelling Bee for Literacy.

The September 2015 also featured Diana Ashe, Megan Hodgson, Dan Noland, and Ashley Bissette Sumerel, who all represented the department, CAS, and UNCW at this community event.

Here's the story from the StarNews.

Historic Wilmington Foundation Race for Preservation 5k. Participants included Hank Blanton, Bill Atwill, Sue Cody, Alex Parker, Noelle Parker, Sarah Hallenbeck, and Michelle Britt (not pictured).

Strap on the Sneakers!

Historic Wilmington Foundation Race for Preservation 5k 2015. Participants included (l-r) Hank Blanton, Bill Atwill, Sue Cody, Alex Parker, Kate Maddalena, Noelle Parker, Sarah Hallenbeck, and Michelle Britt (not pictured).