Honors and Achievements

Luther College English students and faculty do excellent work that is acknowledged on and off campus. 

  • Three Luther English students are presenting papers at the 2017 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Emma Deihl is presenting her paper "Scars of Slavery: Generational Trauma in Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood." Kate Koch is presenting her paper "Spooky Science: Examining the Historical Psychology of Poe's Characters." Lastly, Emily Osborne is presenting her paper "Reader, I Reject your Incredulity: Direct Address of the Reader in Jane Eyre and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." The English Department is very proud of these exceptional students!
  • Luther English alumna Emma Cassabaum has accepted an offer to begin graduate study in English at George Washington University in the fall of 2017.
  • Luther students in Creative Writing classes have recently been published in the publication The Daily Palette. These students are Aidan O'Driscoll, Luci Holte, Jacob Warehime, Emma Schlabach, and Mitch Stevens. Congratulations to these exceptional writers!
  • Luther English alum Holly Norton '90 recently published a book of poetry entitled Letting Go, from Finishing Line Press.
  • The department has an active chapter of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. With department financial support, student members attend the annual national convention where they have regularly won scholarships and awards. Read more about students' Sigma Tau Delta scholarship.
  • Luther College is one of the select national colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Each year, a sizable number of English majors are elected to membership.
  • Nearly every year, there are English majors among the small number of students selected by the college to present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). A recent attendee at the 2016 conference was Cassidy Woods who presented her work "Untimely Ripped: Caesarean Birth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth."
  • English majors are prominent winners of national fellowships. Of the college's seven Fullbright scholarships offered to students in 2009 and 2010, four were English majors.
  • Students have attended a range of conferences.
  • Students and faculty regularly engage in collaborative research projects on a wide range of topics.
  • One or two English majors are regularly featured as outstanding seniors in the Luther College Alumni Magazine.
  • English faculty are actively engaged as scholars, publishing books and articles, presenting at national and international conferences, and serving on journal editorial boards. The latest  book publications are David Faldet's Oneota Flow (University of Iowa Press, 2009), Martin Klammer's In the Dark With My Dress on Fire (Jacana, 2010), Carol Gilbertson's chapbook of poems, From a Distance, Dancing (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Kate Narveson's Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England (Ashgate Publishing, 2012).
  • English majors complete their senior projects by making oral presentations of their work to audiences of faculty and students.