In June 2012 the former academic schools at Norwich were restructured to form five colleges. The Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences have joined to become the College of Liberal Arts. The other colleges are the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies (including the Schools of Business, Architecture and Art, Nursing and David Crawford School of Engineering), College of National Services and College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
Welcome to Andrea Talentino, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts!
Andrea received her B.A. from Yale University, and her M.A. and PhD in Political Science from UCLA. She comes to Norwich from Drew University where she was Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development.
Welcome to our new faculty!
Sean Prentiss, Assistant Professor of English, comes to Norwich from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he taught at Grand Valley State University (25,000 students). He is a proud alumnus of Western State College in Gunnison, CO and the graduate program at the University of Idaho where he studied with Mary Clearman Blew and Kim Barnes. His areas of specialty include teaching and writing creative nonfiction, environmental writing, and poetry. At Norwich, he’ll teach composition and literature classes as well as creative writing. He is looking forward to teaching at a smaller school and is excited to be working with Norwich’s kind and caring faculty.
During summers and winter break he travels to his hand built 10’ x 12’ cabin in the mountains of Colorado where he writes, mountain bikes, hikes and splits firewood. He is an avid backcountry skier, has hiked the 500 mile Colorado Trail and is the creative editor at Backcountry magazine. He is looking forward to exploring Vermont’s and New Hampshire’s backcountry terrain and sleeping under the stars.
Department of English and Communications
-Attended The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez Alaska, June 10-17 where there was a staged reading of her play, “Requiem For John” and a featured presentation of her short play, “Doll Hospital.”
- Her play, “Opportunity of a Lifetime” was named the winner of The 2012 Vermont Contemporary Playwrights Forum and presented as a full stage production, July 11th-21st in Waterbury, VT.
- Moxie Production presented her play, “The Auction” as part of the Burlington Fringe Festival at the Off-Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Burlington on August 3, 2012.
-She was Artistic Director of TenFest presented by the Vermont Playwrights Circle at the Valley Players Theatre, August 16-19, 2012. In addition, her play, “M. Dupin Investigates a Strange Disappearance” was performed as part of the production.
Dr. Brett Cox
-Publications: “Next Morning,” a poem, in Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, Issue 28, Spring 2012, p. 55.
-Program Participant, Last Frontier Theater Conference, Valdez, Alaska, June 10-18, 2012. His one-act play “It Came Out of the Sky” was presented in a staged reading in the conference Play Lab, his 10-minute play “They Got Louie” was presented in a staged reading in the conference Ten-Minute Play Slam, and his one-page play “Better Not” was presented in a staged reading in the conference Fringe Festival. He also was a reader in the Play Lab presentation of Body Language, a full-length play by Kuros Charney.
-Program Participant, Readercon Conference on Imaginative Literature, Burlington, Massachusetts, July 12-15, 2012. He gave a solo reading of his short story “The Amnesia Helmet,” read his short story “Road Dead” as part of a group presentation by members of the Cambridge Science Fiction Writers Workshop, moderated a panel on “The Next New Wave,” and spoke at the Shirley Jackson Awards ceremony in his capacity as a member of the award’s Board of Directors. The Shirley Jackson Award is a juried award given annually for superior achievement in the literature of horror, psychological suspense, and the dark fantastic.
Dr. Karen Stewart
-Wrote reviews on textbooks Literature to Go, by Michael Meyer and Acting Out Culture, 2nd edition, by James S. Miller; both published by Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
- worked on a collaborative project studying the effects of teaching/learning via brick and mortar classrooms and other face to face teaching settings and/vs. online “classroom” settings and their effectiveness.
Department of Modern Languages
Dr. Xiaoping Song
-Attended the Annual Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics (L3 2012), a gathering of international scholars, in Singapore on July 9-10. Dr. Song submitted her paper “Time, History and Self in Chinese Fiction in the 1980s: A Reading from New Perspectives” which has been published in the Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics. She delivered the first part of her paper “Time, Self and History in Mo Yan’s Novella Red Sorghum” at the conference.