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English Alumni Present at Conference

Three Marshall University alumni—faculty members Sabrina Jones (English B.A., 2004; English M.A., 2010) and Steven Smith (English M.A., 2015), as well as former Graduate Assistant Nathan Rucker (English M.A., 2016)—represented Marshall University in June at the 14th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities that Common Grounds Publishing held in Chicago, Illinois.

Jones delivered a video presentation titled “Foucault Versus the Democratic Discourse: Using Dystopian Literature to Teach the American Dream,” which discussed her use of Ayn Rand’s Anthem and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games to engage students on issues of conformity and democracy and to prompt them to make greater connections across the curriculum as well as in the real world.

Smith presented “Animal Agribusiness and the Pre/Posthuman Condition,” a chapter from his thesis that uses posthuman theory to examine the relationship between humans and nature, focusing on the role of bioethics. Steven’s presentation garnered significant discussion among the various scholars in attendance for the panel.

Steven Smith

Finally, Rucker received the Graduate Scholar Award for the conference. As part of the scholarship, Nathan moderated several panels on a variety of topics, ranging from narrative in medicine to the challenges facing female educational managers in Pakistan to a genre study of the 1987 action film, Die Hard.

Nathan Rucker

The participation of these Marshall scholars in the 14th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities shows that Marshall University fosters a broad and multi-faceted approach to the issues present in various humanities-related fields.

–Nathan Rucker



Marshall Offers New Master of Social Work Degree

The Marshall University College of Health Professions will offer a brand new Master of Social Work degree beginning fall 2016. The Board of Governors met Oct. 28 and voted to approve the new program.

Social workers are uniquely trained to work with addiction, mental and emotional health, the elderly population, veterans and members of the military and various other community components, according to MSW program director, Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman.

“MSW graduates work directly with clients and serve as a liaison between health care professionals and patients,” Harman said. “The program offers specialization in integrated behavioral health with opportunities to focus on veteran affairs and a variety of rural and underserved populations, which is especially exciting for our community given the large numbers of veterans who have returned from active duty, many returning from combat situations.”

The MSW program consists of 60 hours for the two-year generalist component designed for those coming to the field of social work from a related discipline, and 36 hours for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work.  Full-time students can expect to graduate within two years and advanced standing students will be able to complete the program in one calendar year.  Part-time and online options will be available to those who cannot attend full-time classes. The program will begin accepting students in mid-January.  For more information on the Department of Social Work, visit or


Graduate Tuition Benefit

The Graduate College has awarded the Graduate Tuition Benefits for Summer 2016. We are no longer accepting applications for summer. Watch this space in early July for the announcement that we are accepting applications for the fall benefit. You must have a FAFSA form on file with the Financial Aid office to qualify for this benefit. Students enrolled in the Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia programs are not eligible for the grant. In addition, graduate students receiving assistantships that offer tuition benefits or students classified as Distance Learners may not receive this benefit.


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