Faculty Highlights

Photo_JulieBabcockJulie Babcock’s fiction, poetry, and reviews appeared or are forthcoming in Weave, The Collagist, Split Lip Magazine, Honey Pot: A Journal of Intersectional Feminism, and the anthology Feast. She presented “Who Are We in the Creative Writing Classroom: Interventions in the Craft vs. Context Fight” at the 2015 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference and is transforming the presentation into an article for New Theory.

Photo_PaulBarronPaul Barron is the interim director of LHSP for 2015-16. He received a 2015 BEN Prize for the Outstanding Teaching of Writing and is a 2015-17 Fellow of the UMS-Mellon Faculty Institute for Arts-Academic Integration. A column on the DWI co-authored with Louis Cicciarelli is forthcoming in WLN.



Scott Beal’s poems appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Four Way Review, The Collagist, Your Impossible Voice, Dunes Review, Third Wednesday, Sport Literate, San Pedro River Review, and FreezeRay. His chapbook manuscript, The Octopus, was a finalist for the Baltic Writing Residency Chapbook Contest.


Photo_LouisCicciarelliLouis Cicciarelli was named the Charles Baxter Collegiate Lecturer in recognition of his sustained record of excellence in teaching and service by the Office of the Provost.



Photo_THetzelT Hetzel participated in the LSA Institute for Diversity and Campus Climate in the spring 2015. This fall she received an Arts at Michigan’s Course Connections Grant with Scott Beal to bring their LHSP classes to Detroit to explore street art and the Heidelberg Project and to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. Students exhibited their Detroit Street Art photo essays in the Bert’s Cafe and Study Lounge Gallery in Shapiro Library this November.


Photo_SimoneSessoloSimone Sessolo presented his ongoing research project, Self[ie] Awareness, at the conference Computers and Writing. He was able to use Sweetland and personal research funds to invite 2 former students who are also minors in writing, Amy Derene and Louise Fletke, to present with him on the use of selfies to practice character presentation. A digital exhibition on his research will be hosted in North Quad Space 2435 from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Simone participated in the LSA Institute for Diversity and Campus Climate last Spring. This year, Simone has taken the role of Assistant Director in charge of publishing and publicity for the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. He has also been invited to serve for a 2 year term in the LSA IT Faculty Advisory Committee. The goal of the committee is to provide a mechanism and opportunity for faculty to provide direct input and guidance into shaping College-wide and University-wide IT direction. In November 2015, Simone was awarded a grant from the Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund for his work on Digital Education and Innovation.

Tell,CarolCarol Tell received a 2015 Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education award.