Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MFA Summer Residency Sessions Open to Public

The public is invited to a number of events during the summer residency for the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from July 16-29.

Read the AU News Center article here:


For the full schedule of events, visit this link:


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gallion Finishes Master's Degree and Lands Job in Florida

By Erika Gallion, class of 2014, Creative Writing and English major

Erika Gallion
Upon graduating from my master’s program at Kent State University, I packed up and moved to sunny Jacksonville, Florida for a job at the University of North Florida. I’ve taken on the role of Short Term Study Abroad Advisor within the Coggin College of Business, meaning that I work extensively with incoming exchange students to the College of Business as well as UNF students wanting to participate in one our many study abroad programs. This position requires me to work with faculty, staff, and students, and permits me to travel to our many international partnerships in South America, Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. 

I am confident that the English department at Ashland University contributed to my job acquisition in a major way; it was at Ashland that I first realized my passion for travel, multiculturalism, and intercultural communication. Courses at AU allowed me to familiarize myself with other cultures, examine my own identities, and observe the ways that human beings relate across cultures. Without AU’s English department, I would not have had the confidence to move states away and to pursue this career that relies heavily on my ability to adventure into the unknown. I will forever be grateful for the confidence and passion that AU gave me, and hope to one day return to the English academic field in order to continue discussing these topics via literature.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Professor Deborah Fleming's Books Garner Accolades

Professor of English Dr. Deborah Fleming's collection of nature and environmentalist essays, Waiting for the Foal, is a finalist for the Many Voices Project of New Rivers Press at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. 

Fleming's novel Without Leave was reviewed by Editor James A. Cox in Midwest Book Review's "Small Press Bookwatch," the Fiction Shelf, for June 2016. The review can be located at 

Article Discusses the Importance of Reading for College Preparation

Here is a link to a wonderful article, "An Open Letter to High School Students about Reading," from the May-June 2016 newsletter of the American Association of University Professors. Please forward the article to any high school students you know!