New Associate Dean Named in COLA

April 5, 2017

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Reginald Wilburn, associate professor of English, has been selected to serve as associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts. His appointment begins July 31, 2017, when Associate Dean Mary Rhiel steps down. Rhiel will rejoin the College’s German program.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Reginald Wilburn to the Dean’s Office in his new role,” says Heidi Bostic, dean of the College. “To this position, Dr. Wilburn brings strong leadership and communication skills, a demonstrated commitment to student and curricular development, and experience building effective partnerships across campus and beyond. He has been actively engaged in recruiting students to the College of Liberal Arts and to UNH. Dr. Wilburn’s colleagues deeply respect his achievements and professionalism. His interdisciplinary interests and vision mean that he is uniquely well-qualified to advance our Grand Challenges for the Liberal Arts Initiative. Dr. Wilburn is going to be an excellent part of our liberal arts team as we work to support faculty, staff and students, and to advance the mission of the College and UNH.”

Wilburn’s responsibilities will include oversight of key undergraduate and graduate areas including student academic matters, student recruitment, study abroad, student conduct, student scholarships, career and professional success, and curriculum.

“I consider it a high honor to serve my colleagues and students in the College of Liberal Arts and UNH more broadly,” says Wilburn. “Dean Bostic and her leadership team continue to do exemplary work in leading us forward, upward and onward, and I’m excited to support the vision and hard work that remains a hallmark of our collective worth ethic. My aim is to continue a commitment to ensuring every student at UNH enjoys the benefits of a premium education. For me, the College of Liberal Arts contributes something supremely valuable to this educational commitment. Our College is that truly special place where each of us comes to teach, advise and offer service excellence in support of students, confident in the unparalleled value and worth of the thousand daily miracles we perform by educating the hearts, minds and souls of today and tomorrow’s innovative visionaries and leaders.”

Wilburn brings many years of service to the University including providing key leadership for the recent Women’s Studies Program search, which resulted in three finalists from multiple disciplines accepting job offers; UNH Research and Engagement Academy co-chair; Office of Multicultural Student Affairs faculty advisor; and other service on multiple professional and UNH boards, committees and organizations.

Wilburn holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. His teaching and research focus on literature and African American studies, Milton and intertextuality studies, gender studies and pedagogy. Wilburn is the author of “Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature” (Duquesne University Press, 2014), which won the College Language Association’s award for Creative Scholarship and the John T. Shawcross Award from the Milton Society of America for a distinguished chapter on Milton in a monograph.


Wilburn Wins Creative Scholarship Award

April 26, 2016

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Associate professor of English Reginald Wilburn has won the College Language Association’s award for Creative Scholarship for his book, “Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt:  Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature” (Duquesne UP, 2014). The book is the first work of literary criticism to theorize African Americans’ subversive receptions of John Milton, England’s epic poet of liberty.

Wilburn’s research and teaching encompass African American literature and culture, Milton, and intertextuality studies. He also teaches in the areas of drama, gender, jazz and black music studies.

The College Language Association (CLA) is a professional organization of College Teachers of English and Foreign Languages, founded in 1937 by a group of Black scholars and educators. Since 1957, the Association has published the peer-reviewed CLA Journal, a quarterly featuring scholarly research and reviews of books in the areas of language, literature, linguistics and pedagogy.


Professor’s Book Chapter Recognized by Milton Society of America

November 24, 2015

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Associate Professor of English Reginald Wilburn has won the John T. Shawcross Award from the Milton Society of America for the book chapter “Of Might and Men: Milton, Frederick Douglass, and Resistant Masculinity as Existential Geography,” which appears as chapter 4 in Wilburn’s book Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt (Duquesne University Press, 2014). This award recognizes a distinguished edition of Milton’s works, a distinguished bibliography, a distinguished reference work, or a distinguished chapter on Milton in a monograph. Wilburn will receive the award at the society’s annual banquet, to be held in Austin, Texas on January 9.

Chair and Professor of English Rachel Trubowitz, also a Milton scholar, noted that 2014 was a very strong year in the field, making Wilburn’s recognition all the more impressive.

The Milton Society of America grants awards for scholarly achievement on an annual basis in the following categories: best book; best article; best bibliography, edition or book chapter; and best edited collection.


Center for the Humanities Announces 2015-16 Faculty Fellows

October 31, 2014

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The Center for the Humanities announces the award of its 2015-2016 Faculty Research Fellowships to five faculty members in support of their research on the following projects:

Tom Haines (English)
“Fueled: An American Odyssey” is built upon six walks the author is taking across diverse landscapes of fuel in America to create an intimate reckoning of how our energy appetite impacts distant places and people.

Janet Polasky (history)
“Cosmopolitans Between Nations” will study the revolutions spawned at the center of Europe in the shadow of threatened empires and at the periphery of those same empires in the long decade between the American and French Revolutions.

Natalie Porter (anthropology)
“Viral Economies: An Ethnography of Entitlement in Pandemic Flu Control” will show how policymakers, health workers, scientists, and citizens exchange knowledge and resources at various sites of bird flu management in Vietnam.

Jeannie Sowers (political science)
“Children of the Uprisings: Protest, Violence, and Children’s Political Participation in the Middle East” will bring together humanities and social science methods to explore changing social discourses, state practices, and legal norms regarding children’s political participation, victimization, and vulnerability in the uprisings of selected Middle Eastern countries.

Reginald Wilburn (English)
“Marked With Milton: A Sequel in Intertextual Tradition” will examine overlooked appropriations of Miltonic influence in the tradition through close analytical readings of African American novels, vocal performances, literary criticism, and an obscure operetta containing strategically selected appropriated passages from Milton’s canon.

Funded by the Center’s general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. Awardees participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.


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