The Department of English congratulates:


  • Tom Besold (History; Literature minor '21), Tyler Naekrsz (Literature and Philosophy; Classics minor '21), and Matthew Schwemmer (Writing-Intensive English and Political Science '21) on their election to Phi Beta Kappa.
  • The winners of the Department's Spring Six-Word Short Story Contest:  1st place:  Ari Manta (Speech Pathology and Audiology, 2024); 2nd-7th place (tie): Makayla Cooper (Criminology and Law, 2023), Sabrina Huston (Criminology and Law; Writing-Intensive English, 2022), Nora McCaughey (Secondary Education and English; History minor, 2022), Stephanie Waldschmidt (Psychology; Gender and Sexuality Studies, 2024), Mark Wisniewski (English PhD candidate).  Honorable Mention: Sarah Aaron (Psychology and Writing-Intensive English, 2022), Makayla Cooper (Criminology and Law, 2023), Eunbie Lee (Biological Sciences, 2024). 
  • Katie Breck (Writing-Intensive English, Digial Media, and Law & Society) '22, who was elected President of the Marquette Undergraduate Student Government (MUSG) for 2021-22.
  • Brea Brennan, who was named 2021 Student Employee of the Year by the Office of Student Educational Services. Special commendations go to Amanda Harris '21 and Matt Burchanoski (PhD Candidate), who received medals, respectively, from Campus Ministry and the Ott Memorial Writing Center.
  • Dr. Jason Farr, recipient of a 2021 Way Klingler Early Career Award and a Newberry Long-Term Fellowship.
  • Prof. CJ Hribal, recipient of 2021 University Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Jannea Thomason, recipient of the English Department's Goeden Dissertation Fellowship for 2021-22.
  • Ibtisam Abujad for organizing and hosting the "Liminal Existences and Migrant Resistances Conference," co-sponsored by the Center for Transnational Justice and the English Department (March 24-27, 2021, via Teams).
  • Dr. Cedric Burrows and Dr. Lilly Campbell, who were named Difference Makers during President Michael Lovell's February 2021 address.
  • Dr. Lilly Campbell, who received a National Science Foundation Discovery Award with Co-Principal Investigators Shion Guha (Computer Science) and Amrita George (Management).
  • The winners of the Department's Fall Six-Word Short-Story Contest:  1st place: Noah Smith (German and English Literature '23); 2nd place: Christi Schmidt (Psychology '24); Honorable Mention:  Jazmine Arteaga (Digital Media '23), Lyndsey Bassett (Biomedical Sciences '22), Scott Dale (LLC Faculty), Molly Glowacki (Speech Pathology '22), Nora McCaughey (Secondary Education and English; History minor '22).


  • Dr. Cedric Burrows, who received the 2020 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award from Marquette University.
  • Dr. Jodi Melamed, who received a 2020 Teaching Excellence Award from Marquette University.
  • Dr. Melissa Ganz, who will take up a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowship at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in 2021-22.
  • Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, who received a 2020 Interdisciplinary Summer Pilot Grant from Marquette's Institute for Women's Leadership.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Angeli, recipient of the 2020 Conference on College Composition and Communication Award for Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication for Rhetorical Work in Emergency Medical Services: Communicating in the Unpredictable Workplace (Routledge, 2019).
  • Dr. Cedric Burrows, who discussed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy on WUWM-FM (89.7) on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2020.
  • Dr. Jodi Melamed, winner of the 2019-2020 University Sabbatical Fellowship Award.
  • Jackielee Derks, recipient of the English Department's 2020-21 Goeden Dissertation Fellowship.
  • John Brick and Matt Burchanoski, recipients of Schmitt Fellowships from Marquette Graduate School for 2020-21.
  • John Brick, who won the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award from Marquette Graduate School.
  • The winners of the English Department's Graduate Student Awards:
            John D. McCabe Award for Excellence in Teaching:  Mark Wisniewski
            Sarah Jo Mayville Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing (MA level):  Maxwell Wilde
            Donna Decker Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing (PhD level):  Kathryn Hendrickson
  • Aishah Mahmood '20, who received the English Department's Outstanding Senior English Major Award.

  • Jessica Brown '20, Aishah Mahmood '20, Devin McCowan '20, and Sunaina Randhawa '20, who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Isabella D'Agostino '21, Isaiah Isobal '22, Elisabeth Leneghan (Dec. '19), Jacob Lesch '21, Devin McCowan '20, Kate Rice '20, and Emma Wyngaard '22, who were inducted into the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.
  • The winners of the English Department's Undergraduate Writing Awards:
            Creative Writing--Poetry Award:  Alexandra (Sasha) Kokhan (Exercise Physiology '21)
            Creative Writing--Fiction Award:  Mari Rortvedt (Writing-Intensive English '21)
            Creative Writing Honorable Mention:  Laura Nootbaar (Public Relations & Writing-Intensive
            English '20)
            Literary Criticism Award:  Amy Lepp (Writng-Intensive English '20)
            Literary Criticism Honorable Mention:  Maya Mocarski (Literature '20)
            Non-Fiction/Rhetoric & Composition Award:  Amy Lepp (Writing-Intensive English '20)
  • The winners of the English Department's Six-Word Short Story Contest: Mitch Fair '20 (Fall Co-Winner), Dr. Jenna Green (Fall Co-Winner), Michael Hendricks '17/'19 (Fall Co-Winner), Amy Lepp '20 (Fall Co-Winner; Spring Winner), and Natallie St. Onge '21 (Fall Co-Winner). 


  • Dr. Lilly Campbell, recipient of the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication Award for Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies for “Simulation Genres and Student Uptakes: The Patient Health Record in Clinical Nursing Simulations,” which appeared in Written Communication (2017).
  • Dr. Melissa Ganz, recipient of the 2018 Walker Cowen Memorial Prize in Eighteenth-Century Studies for Public Vows: Fictions of Marriage in the English Enlightenment, published by the University of Virginia Press.

  • Prof. C.J. Hribal, who won the 2017 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction from the Bellevue Literary Review for his story “Do I Look Sick to You? (Notes on How to Make Love to a Cancer Patient).” The story also won a Puschart Prize for Fiction and appeared in the 2019 Pushcart Prize anthology.
  • Jacob Zelinski (Public Relations and Writing-Intensive English), Senior Speaker at the 2019 University Commencement, who offered a powerful reflection on moral courage, life, and loss.

  • Cassandra Wessing (English Literature), recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Senior Award from the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, who spoke eloquently about the value of a liberal arts education at the College graduation ceremony.
  • Katherine Stein (English Literature) and Abby Vakulskas (Writing-Intensive English), co-winners of the 2019 Outstanding Senior English Major Award.
  • Jayla Hill (Writing-Intensive English), who received the 2019 Magis Award.