Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students.

Student Jamal Jones English

Jamal Jones (English major, graduating in May) has been promoted to head coach of the varsity football team and teacher at Arcata High School. Jamal's achievement was recently recognized on KIEM-TV. View the full interview here:

Submitted: April 17, 2017

Faculty Janelle Adsit English

Janelle Adsit has received a Presidents’ Council on Underserved Communities (PCUC) Professional Development Award to attend the 2017 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference in Washington, D.C. this June.

Submitted: April 11, 2017

Faculty Janelle Adsit (faculty), Mirabai Collins (English major) English

Janelle Adsit (Assistant Professor, Writing Practices) and Mirabai Collins (English major) will present at this year's Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference next week in Washington, D.C. The title of their presentation is "Postcolonial Perspectives on Workshops of Empire." The panel responds to Eric Bennett’s provocative new book Workshops of Empire and calls for decolonizing approaches to understanding creative writing pedagogy. They examine the University of Iowa’s relationship to creative writing programs in Hong Kong, the Philippines, and among First Nations peoples.

Submitted: January 31, 2017

Faculty Janelle Adsit, AJ McGough, Angela Compton, Bri Lucero English

Janelle Adsit presented "Teaching the Undergraduate Literary Magazine" at the Creative Writing Studies Organization conference in Asheville, NC. The presentation discussed innovations associated with Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art ( Integral to the presentation was research conducted by English majors AJ McGough, Angela Compton, and Bri Lucero during the Spring 2016 semester, supported by the Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Fellowship program.

Submitted: September 27, 2016

Faculty Mary Ann Creadon English

Mary Ann Creadon of the English Department presented a paper, entitled "From 'Airy Nothing' to Knowledge: English as Uberdiscipline," for a peer-reviewed panel at the national College English Association meeting, March 30-April 2 in Denver.

Submitted: April 25, 2016

Faculty Nikola Hobbel English

Nikola Hobbel, English professor was recently elected Secretary of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). The California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education is a group of teacher educators, teachers, students, parents, community activists, and others with a strong interest in creating socially just and equitable learning communities in California schools and classrooms.

Submitted: April 18, 2016

Faculty Nikola Hobbel & Tessa Pitré English

Tessa Pitré and Nikola Hobbel presented a paper at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C. The paper, entitled "'Minor Injuries were Reported: Sexualized Violence, Power, and Teaching" was part of a peer-reviewed panel presentation, "Race and Gender in Higher Education."

Submitted: April 18, 2016

Faculty Janelle Adsit and Jade Mejia English

English faculty member Janelle Adsit and English major Jade Mejia are collaborating on a project titled "Rhetoric and Poetics: Investigating Activist-Oriented Arguments in Poetry," which has been selected for an award from the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program (RSCA) AY 15/16.

Submitted: April 13, 2016

Faculty Janelle Adsit English

Janelle Adsit recently presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Los Angeles and chaired a panel at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston. The panels engaged questions of identity and offered insights on sustaining relationships with community partners.

Submitted: April 13, 2016

Faculty Christina Accomando English

Christina Accomando, Professor of English and Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, recently presented the paper "Troubling the Beat Inevitable: Point of View and Representations of Lynching" in Charleston, SC, at the 30th Annual Conference of MELUS (Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US), for a panel titled "What kind of poem / Would you make out of that?: Literature and Violence." The paper links literary works by Ellison and Brooks to contemporary efforts to grapple with racial violence, including the recent Equal Justice Initiative report "Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror" (

Submitted: March 21, 2016

Faculty Janelle Adsit English

Janelle Adsit co-wrote an article for the journal Feminist Formations on "Affective Activism." It is out in the December 2015 issue.

Submitted: January 26, 2016

Faculty Janelle Adsit English

Janelle Adsit chaired a panel at the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) conference on "Teaching Translation to Monolingual Students."

Submitted: November 9, 2015

Faculty Heal McKnight English

A piece of writing by Heal McKnight was selected as a Notable Essay by Robert Atwan, the editor of the Best American Essays series. The essay "Traffic" was originally published in PoemMemoirStory.

McKnight is a lecturer in English, where she teaches courses in composition.

Submitted: October 28, 2015

Student Laurie Pinkert and Danielle Daniel English

As part of the English 615 Writing for Change course offered in Spring 2015 and under the supervision of Dr. Laurie Pinkert, a grant proposal was written for the Eureka Rescue Mission and was selected.

With the approved funding the women and children's shelter will receive $3000 to purchase new mattresses!

Congratulations to Dr. Pinkert and to Danielle for their service learning work for the community.

Submitted: September 16, 2015

Faculty Janelle Adsit English

Janelle Adsit has been accepted to the Rensing Center's Summer 2016 Artist Residency. The award will support Dr. Adsit's development of a poetry book manuscript on the politics of apology.

Submitted: September 14, 2015

Student Ben Taylor English

Since completing service as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher-trainer in the Federated States of Micronesia in August 2014, English student Benjamin Ryan Taylor has traveled the country sharing his experiences. In October 2014, he spoke at a Peace Corps recruiting event at his undergraduate alma mater, Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois; and in February, gave two recruiting presentations at Humboldt State. He was also featured on KIEM News Channel 3, Eureka. In March, Taylor presented his work at the TESOL 2015 convention in Toronto, Canada, and in April, he will participate in HSU’s IdeaFest.

Submitted: April 3, 2015

Faculty Laurie A. Pinkert English

Laurie A. Pinkert, Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Composition, was invited to lead writing-focused sessions at Innovative Teaching Through Transitions: A High School-Institutions of Higher Education Symposium on Transitional Math and English. The statewide symposium was sponsored by University of Texas-Pan American. Pinkert's workshop "Writing For Real: Engaging Student Writers Through Effective Assignment Design" was attended by math and English teachers from a range of high schools, two-year colleges, and four year institutions.

Submitted: December 8, 2014

Faculty Laurie A. Pinkert English

Laurie A. Pinkert, Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Composition, was recently selected as one of three rhetoric and composition scholars invited to lead written communication sessions at the WASC-Senior College and University Commission Retreat on Core Competencies, which was held November 13-14, 2014 in Pomona, CA. Professor Pinkert presented on "Innovative Writing Pedagogies Sensitive to Local Context" and mentored faculty teams from the U.S., Mexico, and Peru on best practices in pedagogy, program design, and assessment.

Submitted: November 17, 2014

Faculty Cyndy Phillips and Peter Jain English

English instructor Cyndy Phillips and her fiancé, Peter Jain ('89) have published a collection of photography and poetry titled "Let the Dance Begin: Greetings From Humboldt." The book will be released at Northtown Books during the Sept. 12 Arts! Arcata event.

Submitted: September 4, 2014

Faculty Dr. Nikola Hobbel English

Nikola Hobbel was invited by the NCTE/National Council of Teachers of English Standing Committee on Research to present her latest work in Boston, MA on Nov. 24, 2013. Dr. Hobbel's paper, "Professional Teachers and the Practice of Freedom: The Paradox of Teacher Education Policy in the Neoliberal Era" addresses the impacts and inequalities inherent in high-stakes testing and the Common Core standards policy.

Submitted: December 9, 2013