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Southern Indiana Review
Southern Indiana Review
Spring 2013 issue

Chair's Welcome

What can you do with an English major?

Points of Pride

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News and Announcements

USI English major named Outstanding Future Educator
Jessica Eckert, an English Teaching major, was one of five USI student teachers recognized on April 11 as an Outstanding Future Educator by the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Carmel, IN. Jessica completed her student teaching at Jasper High School and was nominated by her university supervisor. Jessica is a graduate of Northeast Dubois High School.

Joyce Rietman, Director of Advanced Clinical Experience and Co-Teaching at USI, accompanied the students to the awards ceremony. IACTE is a professional organization of colleges and universities with undergraduate and/or graduate programs to prepare professional educators. It is an affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).


USI graduate teaches English in Japan
Seth O'LaughlinSeth O'Laughlin, an English major currently teaching at Bosse High School, has been accepted into the prestigious Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. After completing a rigorous application process and interviews with officials at a Japanese Consulate, Seth was approved for the program. He will be an Assistant Language Teacher working with Japanese teachers of English in the prefecture where he will be placed. He will teach English, help develop English teaching strategies for local teachers, and create a cultural bridge between Japan and the United States. Seth says he has been interested in Japanese culture throughout his life and has formally studied Japanese language for eight years. Seth will be teaching in the program for up to three years.

For more information about the JET program and teaching English in Japan, visit their web site:


USI Master of Arts in English (MAE) program approved
With pleasure, we invite you to the Master of Arts in English Open House from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 on the third floor of the Orr Center on USI's campus. Join us to learn more about our program, admission and curriculum requirements. See how USI’s MAE can expand your professional and educational goals.

For more information about the Master of Arts in English, contact Dr. Charles Conaway, director of the MAE program.


Dr. Spencer presents at international conference on narrative
Dr. Stephen Spencer is presenting scholarship on Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel, Ceremony, at the International Conference on Narrative, April 27-30, held at MIT in Boston. The paper discusses the limits of formal and postcolonial approaches to Silko’s work and argues for a broader theoretical perspective that recognizes both the textual complexity and the socio-political contexts represented by Ceremony. Dr. Spencer and his colleagues on the panel are collaborating on a book collection, Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the Americas, forthcoming from Ohio State University Press.


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Stephen G. Spencer, Ph.D.
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Associate Department Chair
Julia Galbus, Ph.D.
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