Lisa Cohen Minnick
Western Michigan University

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions

Western Michigan University, Associate Professor of English (2009-present).
Western Michigan University, Assistant Professor of English (2004-09).

Georgia Institute of Technology
, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-04).

The University of Georgia (1998-2002):

Robert E. Park Fellow (2002).
University-Wide Graduate Research Fellow (2001-02).
Graduate Teaching Assistant (2000-01).
University-Wide Graduate Research Assistant (1998-2000).

The University of North Carolina, Asheville (1996-98).
Nothern Virginia Community College (1993-94, 1996).
The University of the District of Columbia (1992-94).

Academic Preparation

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Georgia (2002).
Concentration in English linguistics and American literature after 1865.

Master of Arts, The University of Georgia.
Concentration in English linguistics and American literature.

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Florida.
Concentration in American literature. Go Gators!

Areas of scholarly and teaching interest

Language variation and change
History of the English language
English in the United States
Language attitudes and standardization
Computational and corpus linguistics
Language, gender, and sexuality
Linguistic applications to literature
Discourse theory and analysis
American and African American literature after 1865

Publications

Dialect and Dichotomy: Literary Representations of African American Speech. Alabama, 2004 (paperback 2007). Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2006 by the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association.

“Dialect Literature and English in the USA,” in Varieties in Writing: The Written Word as Linguistic Evidence, ed. Raymond Hickey. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2010.

“Literary Dialect,” in Language in the American South, Montgomery and Johnson, eds., The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

“Representations of Speech and Attitudes about Race in The Sound and the Fury,” Southern Journal of Linguistics 25:1/2, 2003.

“Jim’s Language and the Issue of Race in Huckleberry Finn,” Language and Literature 10:2, 2001.

“A History of the History: Philosophies and Texts for Teaching the History of the English Language” (in preparation).

“Language Attitudes and Pre-Service Teacher Preferences” (in preparation).

Selected Conference Papers

“Founding Fatherhood: Literary Dialect, American English, and National Identity.” Plenary talk at the International Conference on Dialect and Literature, University of Sheffield, July 2011.

“Language Attitudes and Pre-Service Teacher Preferences.” American Dialect Society at the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, January 2009.

“A History of the History: Philosophies and Texts for Teaching the History of the English Language.” Studies in the History of the English Language 5, University of Georgia, October 2007.

“Language Attitudes and the Northern Cities Shift” (with WMU undergraduate student researchers Brooke Pearson and Kevin Kane). American Dialect Society at the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, January 2006.

“‘Hey, Y’all! I’m Goin’ Home’: Perceptions of a South Atlantic Speaker in Michigan.” American Dialect Society at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2005.

“Performing Southernness: Dialectal Representations and Southern Linguistic Identity.” Language Variety in the South III, University of Alabama, April 2004.

“Articulating Jim: Language and Characterization in Huckleberry Finn.” Mark Twain Circle at the South Atlantic MLA, Atlanta, November 2003.

“From March Madness to Talladega: Closed Captioning in Sports Interviews” (with Susan L. Tamasi, Emory University). American Dialect Society at the South Atlantic MLA, Atlanta, November 2003.

“Judging Authenticity: Zora Neale Hurston and Paul Laurence Dunbar Face the Critics.” NWAV 31: Invitational pre-conference on African American English, Stanford University, October 2002.

“Literary Data as Linguistic Evidence: A Computational Approach.” American Dialect Society at the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, January 2002.

“Gullah Online: The Turner Interviews and the Digitization of the Linguistic Atlas.” Gullah: A Linguistic Legacy of Africans in America, Howard University, Washington, DC, November 2000.

Other Professional Experience

Research/Editorial, The Linguistic Atlas of the Middle and South Atlantic States (1998-2001). Supervised National Science Foundation grant-funded project to digitize African American and Gullah speaker data for the web edition of the Linguistic Atlas.

Consulting Editor
, Oxford University Press (1999-2001).
‘Americanized’ pronunciations and definitions for The New Oxford American Dictionary and The Oxford American College Dictionary.

Teaching at Western Michigan University

Undergraduate courses

English 4720: Language Variation in American English
English 3720: Development of Modern English  
English 3740: Language in the Elementary School
English 2230: African American Literature

Graduate courses (original special topics courses)

English 5220: The Language of American Literature
English 5970: Politics and the English Language
English 5970: Language, Gender, and Culture
English 5970: Language in the African American Community

Awards and Honors

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award for Professional Service (2010), Western Michigan University

University Distinguished Service Award Nominee (2010), Western Michigan University

University Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee (2008, 2009, 2010), Western Michigan University

Emerging Scholar Award Nominee (2008), Western Michigan University

Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2006) designation for Dialect and Dichotomy: Literary Representations of African American Speech (Alabama, 2004), by the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association.

Faculty Honorary Membership, Golden Key International Honour Society (2006)

Presidential Honorary Membership (2002-05), American Dialect Society

University-Wide Finishing Doctoral Research Fellowship (2001-02), University of Georgia

University-Wide Graduate Research Assistantship (1998-2000), University of Georgia

Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee (1997), University of North Carolina-Asheville

Service

University Service

Lee Honors College Assessment Committee, 2010-11.
Research Policies Council, 2009-12.
FRACAA Review Committee, 2009-11.
Association Council Representative, WMU-AAUP, 2007-11.
Western Michigan University Surveys of Student Engagement Readers’ Panel, 2005.

College of Arts and Sciences

Linguistics Steering Committee (co-chair), 2007-08.
WMU Linguistics Faculty Working Group, 2004-08.

Department of English

Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2011-13.
Policy Committee, 2009-11 (chair 2009-11).
Founding Faculty Advisor of WMU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, 2005-present.
English 2000 Steering and Assessment Committees, 2009-10.
Technology Committee, 2006-08.
Undergraduate Committee, 2005-08.
Early American Literature Search Committee, 2004-05.

Service to the Profession

Editorial Advisory Board, American Speech, Journal of the American Dialect Society (2006-08).
MLA Executive Committee on Language Change (2008-10).

Sigma Tau Delta

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