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Meet The Three New Members of the English Department
09.20.13 |
Meet Sally Clark, new assistant professor of English at LVC
Q: What classes will you be teaching at LVC?
A: English Communications I and II, Introduction to Creative Writing, and I will be advising the English interns and Green Blotter Literary Society.

Q: What is your educational background and teaching experience?
A: A.B. - Lafayette College English and Anthropology/Sociology. I completed the necessary coursework at LVC to obtain my teaching certification. M.S. - Wilkes University, Education. M.A. - Penn State Harrisburg, American Studies. I taught English for 13 years at Cedar Crest High School and was Department Chair for two years. I previously served as an adjunct at Penn State Harrisburg and LVC.

Q: What excites you about teaching at The Valley?
A: Teaching at LVC is like coming home! I love working with my former professors, and everyone I encounter -- administrators, staff, and students -- is incredibly welcoming and kind. There is such a wonderful environment conducive to great learning and service.

Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself – crazy hobby? Weird talent?
A: I am passionate about diversity issues and helped to found and advise the first GSA in Lebanon County. [Editor's note: Sally was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church!] I also have an unlimited talent for falling -- off of skis, horses, buses, over vacuum cleaners in my kitchen -- but I am especially grateful that I keep getting up.

Q: What events are you looking forward to attending on campus this fall?
A: I am very excited for the Agnes O'Donnell Poets and Writers series. On September 26 we will be visited by members of Press 53 - Founding Editor Kevin Morgan Watson, fiction writer Curtis Smith, and poet Terri Kirby Erickson - who will meet with my Creative Writing class, provide workshops, and present a public reading that evening.

Meet Beth Julian, new English teaching fellow and acting director of the Writing Center at LVC

Q: What classes will you be teaching at LVC?
A: I am teaching two English Communications courses and an independent study with a senior English major. I also am in charge of the Poets and Writers Series.

Q: What is your educational background?
A: I am a proud LVC grad! I graduated in 2009 with a degree in English (Literature) and French. I attended Penn State Harrisburg and received a master's degree in American Studies in 2011.

Q: What excites you about teaching at The Valley?
A: The students, the atmosphere, learning new things…I loved every minute of being here when I was a student, and although it feels weird at times to be “on the other side,” it feels like coming back home!

Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself – crazy hobby? Weird talent?
A: Most people who know me would say that everything about me is crazy and weird, which is true! But an interesting thing about me would be that I can play several instruments. I even joined the Flute Ensemble here at LVC (The Evening Of Woodwinds is November 26!). I am always surrounded by music. It’s not abnormal for students to hear me singing and/or dancing in my office.

Q: What events are you looking forward to attending on campus this fall?
A: Definitely the Poets and Writers series because we have a fiction writer, a poet, and a publisher/editor coming to visit and workshop with our students on September 26. It’s an awesome opportunity for those who want to gain some insight into the world of professional writing. I want to also try to attend more of the Colloquium events as well as the Wig and Buckle productions.

Meet Robert Machado, new assistant professor of English at LVC


Q: What classes will you be teaching at LVC?
A: I look forward to teaching a variety of courses in U.S. literature, Film Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts, and Writing.

Q: What is your educational background?
A: I received my Ph.D. in English language and Literature, with certificates in film studies, and American studies, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). I earned my B.A. in English language and literature, with minors in biology and philosophy (magna cum laude and with departmental honors) at the University of San Diego. My research involves the study of color (chromatics) across verbal and visual media, postclassical narrative theory, and 19th and 20th century literature. I have also published and given talks on areas of interest that include imagery and the experience of multi-media within the novel; issues of gender, labor, and color within early cinema and early photography; the avant-garde; and critical pedagogy.

Q: What is your first impression of Central Pa.?
A: Expansive masses of bright organic color (farms, fields), monumental silos, small winding roads, chirping birds, wild turkeys, cows … things you don’t often encounter in NYC (my previous residence), not literally (or legally) anyway.

Q: What excites you about teaching at The Valley?
A: I am especially excited to be able to join the dynamic faculty in the English Department, to collaborate with students and other departments on high impact learning projects, and to contribute to the growth of LVC and its role in the broader community. Small class sizes and LVC’s tight community offer unique opportunities for exchange and collaboration.

Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself – crazy hobby? Weird talent?
A: As an early member of the “lowercase sound” movement, since 2001 my experimental sound/noise art under the name Civyiu Kkliu has been performed in galleries on the West and East Coast, and published in the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria. My visual art—mostly large format photography or more recently, small Polaroids—has been part of group shows mostly in California. I am now eager to investigate the visual and sonic terrain of Central Pa.

Q: What events are you looking forward to attending on campus this fall?
A: The line-ups for the Colloquium and Brown-Bag Series, Bucher and Ibsen at Wig and Buckle, the Agnes O’Donnell Poets and Writers hosting of Press 53 and Terri Kirby Erickson and Curtis Smith, The American Algorists at the Arnold Gallery. Too many to name….


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