Edward Alexander (PhD 1963) has two books forthcoming in 2009: Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe: And Other Stories of Literary Friendship (Transaction Publishers) and Robert B. Heilman: His Life in Letters (University of Washington Press), co-edited with Richard J. Dunn and Paul Jaussen. The latter contains a great many exchanges of letters between Heilman and Minnesota English faculty, including Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, Samuel Monk, William Van O'Connor, and James Wright.
Matthew Brennan (MA 1980, PhD 1984) published a book of poems The House with the Mansard Roof in July 2009 with the Backwaters Press of Omaha.
Michael Cavanagh (PhD 1975) has published a book on Seamus Heaney, Professing Poetry: Seamus Heaney's Poetics (Catholic University Press, 2009). He is the Routt Professor of Literature at Grinnell College (Iowa), where he has been a professor of English since 1971.
Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt (PhD 2002) received tenure with promotion to Associate Professor at Linfield College in Oregon. Dutt-Ballerstadt teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing.
Peter Feniak (MA 1970) is a writer and Communications Consultant living in Toronto.
Robert Foulke (PhD 1961) and his wife (Patricia, BS 1953) have been writing travel articles and books together for 30 years. The last three books, published by Norton's Countryman Press in 2006, 2007, and 2008, form a heritage travel trilogy: A Visitor's Guide to Colonial & Revolutionary New England, followed by the same title for Middle Atlantic America and the South. In 2009 they turned their hand to editing and writing much of another local heritage project, a 340-page centennial history of the Lake George Club, an important institution in the Adirondacks of New York. The Colonial & Revolutionary trilogy has been chosen in 2009 as an alternate selection by the Book of the Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military Book Club.
Penelope Kelsey (PhD 2002) published Tribal Theory in Native American Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). She is associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Bruce Maylath (PhD 1994) has received the "Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication." The criteria for the award are nominees who have made significant long-term contributions to programming in technical communication. Maylath helped found the technical communication program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2000. Maylath also helped establish the Council's Roundtable series in Europe.
Alex Mueller (PhD 2007) accepted a job offer as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Karen Roggenkamp (PhD 2001) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Elizabeth Weinstein Shahan (MA 1985) published Shakespeare with Children: Six Scripts for Young Players with the drama publishing company Smith and Kraus Publishers, Inc.
Sarah Wadsworth (PhD 2000) was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure at Marquette University, Department of English.
Stefanie Dojka (PhD 1984) passed away July 27, 2009. Dojka, of Falcon Heights, was a Professor of English at Century Community College for 19 years.
William T. Hamilton (PhD 1970) of Denver, CO, died July 5, 2009, in Casper, WY, following a massive heart attack on his way home from a three-week fishing and camping trip. He was Professor Emeritus of American Literature at The Metropolitan State College of Denver. He retired in 2005 as Chairman of the English Department. From 1987 until 1990 he was President of Western State College in Gunnison, CO. Prior to coming to Denver, he held academic and administrative positions at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV, and Otterbein College in Westerville, OH. He was a graduate of the Mount Herman Preparatory School in Massachusetts in 1957, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961, his Masters of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1963, and his Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1970.
Robert Knoll (MA 1947, PhD 1950) died January 8, 2009, at his Lincoln, NE, home surrounded by family. A native Nebraskan, he had a long career at the University of Nebraska teaching English and Shakespeare. In announcing Knoll's death, Chancellor Harvey Perlman e-mailed the University: "He was during his time with us larger than life, and he remains so." He was a founding member of the University's Centennial College, an innovative undergraduate teaching initiative, as well as a founding member and fellow in the Center for Great Plains Studies. Knoll retired in 1990 as D. B. and Paula Varner Professor of English. He also had been a George Holmes Distinguished Professor. In 1988 he was named Nebraska Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and in 1997 he received the Nebraska Alumni Association's Doc Elliott Award, given to a retired faculty member. Students and colleagues endowed a lecture series in his name that continues today in the Nebraska English Department. In retirement, Knoll added to his published works on Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Robert McAlmon and Weldon Kees with Prairie University: A History of the University of Nebraska (1995).
John Velz (PhD 1963) passed away November 16, 2008. The author of Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 1968), he died before he could finish a second volume of this well-respected presentation of thousands of articles documenting Shakespeare's classical sources. His teaching career was centered at the University of Texas in Austin. His last book was Exit Pursued by a Bear: Encounters with Shakespeare and Shakespeareans.