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Student Travel Awards Donations for SSAWW 2015

If you are able, please consider making a donation to our graduate student travel fund. We all know that funding is tight at many schools and most of our graduate students are really struggling to make ends meet. Any amount you can donate will make a difference.

Remember, your donations are tax deductible. And you’ll be helping the next generation of scholars!

You can donate via PayPal here: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/.

You can also donate via check. Please make your checks payable to Society for the Study of American Women Writers and be sure to write “Graduate Student Travel Fund” in the check’s memo field.

Donations can be sent to:

Dr. Heidi Hanrahan

Department of English

Shepherd University

P.O. Box 5000

Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443

Thank you for considering this.

New “Chat with an Editor” Feature at the SSAWW Conference in Philadelphia

Do you have questions about any aspect of publishing in a scholarly journal? Would you like an editor to look over the abstract and/or introduction to an article you’re thinking of sending out to a journal? Would you like advice about turning a dissertation chapter into a publishable article? Throughout the conference, we’ll have editors of different scholarly journals on hand to meet with conference attendees. Sign up coming soon.

With thanks to the editors involved.

These sessions will complement several other program features at SSAWW such as the Mentoring Breakfast table topics on publishing articles, and publishing books and the session, “Publishing and the Open Access Journal: A Roundtable Discussion,” on Friday. 

SSAWW News: SSAWW Announces New President, Professor DoVeanna Fulton

Dear All

I am very pleased and excited  to announce that DoVeanna Fulton, the distingused ‎Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown has been elected the new President of SSAWW, as from January 1 2016. DoVeanna was elected unopposed.

I should like to welcome her to the Presidency that I am vacating. It’s a wonderful job, made especially wonderful by the great membership and the brilliant SSAWW officers and executive.


Dick Ellis

President SSAWW

Editor, Charles Chesnutt, The Colonel’s Dream (UWest Virgina P, 2014)

Editor, Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Oxford UP, 2015)

SSAWW Announcements: Last call for Spring 2015 SSAWW Newsletter items (Deadline 3.25.15)

Thanks to all who have already submitted items for the newsletter.

If you have items you¹d like to see in the Spring SSAWW Newsletter but haven’t yet submitted them, please send them to me at ssaww.web@gmail.com  by March 25. 

If you’re sending in a notice of a new book or article (and please do send these!), it would be helpful if you could include a link to the press’s page on your book (for books) and to put the article citations in MLA format (for articles).

Other items to send

  • –calls for papers for conferences, journal issues, edited collections, and so on
  • –conference announcements
  • –invitations to apply for grants and fellowships
  • –new books by SSAWW members
  • –new articles by SSAWW members 
  • –reports from SSAWW regional study groups
  • –announcements of upcoming SSAWW regional study group meetings
  • –announcements of book prizes (either received or invitations to submit)


Donna Campbell

SSAWW Announcements: New Membership Directory Posted

The new SSAWW Membership Directory has been posted at https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/directory/.   Thanks to Dr. Heidi Hanrahan, Vice President for Membership and Finances, for making this information available.

If you want to join SSAWW or renew your membership, you can do so from the Membership page at https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/

Call for Nominations: SSAWW President and VP for Publications

From Koritha Mitchell, SSAWW Nominations Chair:

A friendly reminder: nominations and self-nominations by January 31. All details below

———- Forwarded message ———-

Dear SSAWW colleagues:

The time has come to begin the process for replacing officers whose terms are up at the end of 2015/start of 2016. Holding elections now will provide an opportunity for incoming officers to shadow their outgoing predecessors during 2015.

Two posts will become vacant, both vital to the success of SSAWW: the Vice President of Publications and the President.

The VP of Publications manages the website and organizes the online newsletter and its publication. The website is, of course, critical to the success of SSAWW. The current VP of Publications, Donna Campbell, has made a brilliant success of this job and has therefore helped SSAWW advance by leaps and bounds! The person elected holds the position for three years and, by mutual agreement, for a further three years. The VP of Publications enjoys the support of a graduate student, currently Jordan L. Von Cannon of Louisiana State University (jvonca1@tigers.lsu.edu). Donna Campbell has agreed to provide information about what this vital position entails. Feel free to contact her at campbelld@wsu.edu

The second position for which we need a replacement is President of the SSAWW, a post currently held by R J (Dick) Ellis. This position lasts for three years (fixed term). Of course, Dick Ellis is happy to provide information about what being president entails. Feel free to contact him at ellisrj1234@gmail.com

Nominations open for these positions on 1 December 2014 and close on 31 January 2015.

This process is conducted by the Advisory Board’s Nominations Sub-committee, which I chair. All nominations should therefore be submitted to me via mitchell.717@osu.edu. Elections, if needed, will be held during Spring 2015.

Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. When nominating someone else, please secure the agreement of the nominee. Those standing will be asked to provide a brief 500- to 750-word statement of what they will bring to the position. This statement will be used in the event of an election.

SSAWW retains its fundamental commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of its activities.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Koritha sounds like Aretha


Koritha Mitchell, PhD


Associate Professor of English

The Ohio State University

543 Denney Hall, 164 West 17th Ave

Columbus, Ohio 43210

CFP: SSAWW to Guest Edit Blog Series on American Women Writers for U.S. Studies Online (2.15.15)

CFP: SSAWW to Guest Edit Blog Series on American Women Writers for U.S. Studies Online

SSAWW is extending the CFP deadline to February 15, 2015 for blog submissions that will contribute to U.S. Studies Online (USSO). It will involve the creation of 8-10 blog posts on American women writers of 700-1200 words each. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to submit blogs.

About the Series:

SSAWW seeks posts that represent the field of American Women’s writing quite broadly. Our preference is to generate a series of more general than more specific blog posts (though perhaps not exclusively so), with the aim of effecting a reasonable coverage of the field of women’s writing in America – the academic study of it in all its diversity and difference (and including creative writing).

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • -“Lesser Known” American Women Writers
  • -New Approaches to Canonical American Women Writers
  • -Digital Resources for American Women Writers
  • -American Women Writers Abroad
  • -Recovering American Women Writers: Issues and Strategies
  • -Contemporary American Women Writers
  • -American Women Writers Scholarship–Then and Now

PLEASE NOTE: Writing should be in the form of a blog post. Creativity that accounts for the digital format is also encouraged: unless there are prohibitive copyright issues, posts that incorporate video, image, links to additional digital resources, etc., will be given preference over purely textual entries. For examples of USSO blog plots, please visit http://usstudiesonline.com/blog-3/.  

Blog-writing Tips:

A few tips from USSO are found below. For additional editorial guidelines, please visit http://usstudiesonline.com/blog-3/submission-guidelines/.

  • • Our target audience includes postgraduates, early career researchers and academics, as well as people outside of academia who have an interest in any and all aspects of American Studies.
  • • The best posts tend to be entertaining, informative, accessible and innovative.
  • • Use short paragraphs made up of four or five sentences
  • • We encourage the use of images and videos assuming they are within the public domain.

Please submit your blog entry and/or questions to the SSAWW leaders of this project at ssaww.usso@gmail.com. Membership in SSAWW is required of all authors selected for publication. For more information, please visit the Society for the Study of American Women Writers website at http://www.ssaww.org


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