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Students win Endeavor! grants in medieval studies
A group of USI students in English and geology have been awarded grants through the Endeavor! Program to support their research in Medieval Studies. The students are English majors Adam Booher, Julie Huffman, Cecil King Neville and Vicki Rose and geology major Dariane Davis. The students will collaborate with Dr. Elizabeth Passmore, associate professor of English, and Carrie Wright, instructor of geology, on various research projects at sights in New England, including the Cloisters in New York City, Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and an academic medieval conference in Rochester, New York. Projects include the study of tapestries, architecture, garden design and medieval manuscripts. Endeavor! Awards support the creative and research efforts of undergraduate students at USI.
English alumnus to complete Ph.D. at Yale
Craig Fehrman, who graduated from USI in 2007 and will soon compete his Ph.D. in English at Yale, has signed a contract with Simon and Schuster for a general interest book based on his dissertation research. The book's working title is Author-in-Chief: The Story of Our Presidents and their Books. An important part of the book will be the history of presidential readers - not just bookish presidents but also that constant figure of the American wanting to know more about his or her past. Craig will be working full time on the book, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. He and Candice, his wife, are now living in Bloomington.
An English major provides a return on investment
“What is the ‘return on investment’ for an English major?” Like the stock market, success must be measured over the long term. Key findings from a recent report, “Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment”, by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and the Association of American Colleges and Universities establishes the real value of a liberal arts major like English.
By their mid fifties, liberal arts majors with an advanced or undergraduate degree are on average making more money than those who studied in professional and pre-professional fields and are employed at similar rates.
Four out of five employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
Employers want both broad knowledge and specific skills.
Ninety-three percent of employers agree that candidates’ demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.
A degree in English helps students gain the knowledge and skills employers want and leads to a strong return on investment. As our mission states, “Through the study of literature and writing, the English Department prepares students to communicate effectively, think imaginatively and live wisely in a diverse world.” English graduates develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become the civic, cultural and business leaders who will solve the complex problems of our communities and world.
The full report, “Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment”, is available at the Association of American Colleges and Universities website.
Dr. Montz publishes book on young adult fiction
Dr. Amy Montz is a co-editor of a new book collection, Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction. The collection focuses on novels with young female protagonists who struggle against cultural assumptions and expectations. The book is available through Ashgate Publishing.
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