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Faculty Spotlight


Congratulations to Professors Emily Meixner and Harriet Hustis for receiving Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowships (2022-2023) from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Congratulations to Professor David Blake for being awarded the 2022-2023 Excellence in Campus Leadership and Service Award at the TCNJ Teaching and Learning Summit 2023.

Congratulations to Professor Michele Tarter for being awarded the inaugural Distinguished Teacher Scholar Award at the TCNJ Teaching and Learning Summit 2023.

Congratulations to Professor Cassandra Jackson for publishing her memoir, The Wreck: A Daughter’s Memoir of Becoming a Mother (Viking, 2023).



Dr. Michael Robertson, emeritus professor of English, just published a Commentary in The Times Literary Supplement (December 2, 2022): “Confusion of the Brain: William Morris, Marx, and Capital.” Congratulations, Michael!
Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Oritz-Vilarelle for her recent publication “Assembling Academic Persona and Personhood in a Digital World”

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Meixner who begins her work on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as the current chair of The Conference on English Leadership (CEL).

Congratulations to Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle of the TCNJ English Department on being appointed Editor in Chief of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies the international journal on life writing theory and criticism of The Autobiography Society (Taylor and Francis)!



Congratulations to Michael Robertson, Professor of English, has been elected President of the William Morris Society in the United States. The Society, which is allied with Morris societies in the United Kingdom and Canada, promotes the legacy of the celebrated Victorian designer, writer, and socialist. Robertson recently published essays on Morris in two edited volumes, Teaching William Morris and The Routledge Companion to William Morris. He is currently writing a biographof Morris.  



Dr. Piper Kendrix Williams was just featured on the podcast, “Glow Through It.” on Racial Progress in America. 

Congratulations to English Department Professor Juda Bennett, English and African American Studies Professors Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams, and African American Studies Professor Winnifred Brown Glaude for their book “The Toni Morrison Book Club” 
The Toni Morrison Book Club is listed as a suggested read on Booklist.…/reading-for-change…/
Also, The Toni Morrison Book Club was also syndicated in American Libraries Magazine!…/reading-change…/
Congratulations to Professors Mindi McMann and Ellen Friedman for co-editing the MFS special issue on Memory, Migration, and Modern Fiction!
Congratulations to Professor Jess Row for the release of his new book “White Flights”
and which was also selected for the New York Times Best Book Covers of 2019!…/review/best-book-covers.html…

Congratulations to Professor Jess Row for winning a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant (

Jess Row’s interview with Comcast News Makers on Undergraduate Writing.
Jess Row has a very wise article in The New Yorker about parenting in the early 21st century. Check it out at <…/how-to-grant-your-child-an…>.
Congratulations to Dr. Lincoln Konkle. His co-edited book of articles on Albee has been published! Check it out at:…
Congratulations to Professor Jia-Yan Mi for his publication of the Chinese-English bilingual collections of poems “Deep Breaths” (pp. 430) by Showwe Press in Taiwan.
Jia-Yan Mi who was invited to attend the Celebration of APAHM (Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month) at the governor’s mansion! He had the honor of reading one of his poems “The Heart Sutra on the Ganges River” in Chinese and Governor Phil Murphy read the English version of this poem. He also had the honor of presenting a copy of his book “Deep Breaths” to the First Lady of NJ Tammy Snyder. New Jersey has the fourth largest AAPI community in the U.S. made up of artists, educators, lawyers, doctors and small business owners.


An interesting piece by Michael Robertson: 


Congratulations to Dr. Michael Robertson who has been appointed Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts in Birkbeck College, University of London, for the 2018-19 academic year. While on sabbatical in London he will be researching his new book, a biography of nineteenth-century writer, artist, and socialist William Morris.


Congratulations to Dr. David Blake who has agreed to serve as the interim Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning, effective July 1, 2018 for TCNJ. 



Congratulations to Michele Tarter for publication of her new book: New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800 released by Oxford University Press. 

book cover


Congratulations to Lincoln Konkle, Winner of the Robert Anderson First Seminar Instructor of the Year Award! 

man in classroom

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Ortiz who has won the Hogan Prize, “presented by the editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies in recognition of an outstanding essay published in the journal.”



Congratulations to Harriet Hustis on her latest publication “The Only Survival, The Only Meaning”: The Structural Integrity of Thornton Wilder’s Bridge in John Hersey’s Hiroshima on Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies:

Congratulations to Cassandra Jackson who is working with the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey as the first-ever scholar-in-residence, consulting on a visual representation regarding the history of race in the US. The exhibit, entitled Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths, opens to the public at the Grounds for Sculpture on October 22 and is on view through April 1. In addition to this project, Professor Jackson is presently working on a book of creative non-fiction on race and infertility as well as a collaborative project on Toni Morrison. For more info:

Congratulations to Michele Tarter who is mentioned in this great article about NJ’s toughest teaching jobs:

Congratulations to TCNJ Alumna, Maria Mostyka, and Dr. Harriet Hustis received word that an article that they wrote during their 2013 MUSE Project has been accepted for publication in the Russian Review:

Congratulations to Dr. David Blake for winning the 2017 PROSE Award for the year’s best book in Media & Cultural Studies!

Congratulations to Dr. Ellen Friedman for publication of her new book The Seven, a Family Holocaust Story:

the seven, book cover







Congratulations to Jess Row for receiving the Guggenheim Fellowship!



Kamber named inaugural FSP Instructor of the Year

Congratulations to Dr.Michele Tarter a finalist for the First Seminar teaching award! She’s in the center with Dr. Kamber of the Philosophy Department, who won the award.



Life Sentences: Writing with Wisewomen Behind Bars

Michele Lise Tarter will present this year’s Judith Weller Harvey Distingushed Quaker Scholar Lecture on “Life Sentences: Writing with Wisewomen Behind Bars.” Michele will talk about her fifteen years of teaching “Woman is the Word,” a memoir-writing workshop in New Jersey’s only maximum-security prison for Women (the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton).

These “wisewoman”, as Michele calls the participants, first read a diverse selection of autobiograpical writings by women. Then they work on their own memoirs, ultimately reclaiming their voices and their lives through the power of the written word .

Michele will also talk about early Quakers, especially Quaker women, who spent quite a lot of time in jails. Imprisoned for their nonconformity and their overall threat to patriarchal society, women Friends nevertheless drew tremendous strength and courage from their religious society and its transatlantic network of support. While studying the manuscript diaries and letters of 17th-century Friends, Michele found an extraordinary testament to the power of community—a strength that overcomes oppressive regimes and shines light even within the darkest dungeon or “gaol” cell.

Like the Quaker women of centuries ago, Michele and the “wisewomen” write together behind bars. The women find empowerment in this sacred act; it leads them to rediscover themselves, find agency in their voices, and reconnect to the wider world beyond cages, gates, and barbed wire. Whereas they have suffered humiliation and dejection in being locked away—joining millions of Americans who are now imprisoned in our “Incarceration Nation”—they now experience the power of the written word that transcends prison walls and overwrites centuries of punishment and confinement.

Michele Lise Tarter is professor of English at The College of New Jersey. She has published and presented extensively on early Quaker women’s writing, Quaker pedagogy, and on Quaker texts and the expansion of the American literary canon. She has also co-edited two book collections: Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America (University of Georgia Press, 2012) and “A Centre of Wonders“: The Body in Early America (Cornell University Press, 2001). Her most recent book manuscript is based on her volunteer work teaching memoir-writing to women “lifers.” Michele is a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in New Jersey.