The English Department at UW-Eau Claire is delighted to welcome two new instructors to our campus. This coming fall semester Dr. Sarita Mizin and Dr. Matthew Seymour will be joining our department to teach post-colonial literature and English education, respectively.
Since most will have to wait until the start of the fall semester to get to know Dr. Mizin and Dr. Seymour, we wanted to give them a chance to introduce themselves to the UWEC community. So, without further ado, meet our newest faculty members.
I recently completed my PhD in Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, I taught courses for preservice teachers in writing methods and supervised preservice teachers during their year of student teaching. Prior to pursuing a PhD, I taught high school English language arts in Fort Collins, Colorado, was an instructor of English in Vietnam, and volunteered in AmeriCorps for a year. In 2014, I was awarded a fellowship with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. where I helped develop national curricula for teaching Shakespeare in secondary schools. My current research interests include literature related argumentative writing, intertextuality and socially just approaches to teaching English language arts. My book Teaching Literature Using Dialogic Literary Argumentation was published by Routledge this spring! In my personal time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and playing guitar. I am looking forward to working with everyone and getting to know the students at UWEC.
Sarita Jayanty Mizin comes to UWEC from the English department of Lehigh University following the completion of her PhD. Her research examines the ways 19th-Century British and American imperialism both facilitated and foreclosed opportunities for women's authorship and alliance. In the interest of contributing to a global account of early women's activism, her work draws attention to women of color like Pandita Ramabai and Harriet Tubman as important figures in the intellectual history of feminism. Sarita is looking forward to joining the department in thinking creatively about the public value of a humanities education with students, colleagues, and the Eau Claire community.