Two English professors earn promotion to full professor


Jaime Goodrich and Donovan Hohn have earned promotion to the rank of full professor on the basis of their accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. Professor Goodrich specializes in early modern British literature, and the centerpiece of her promotion case was her forthcoming book Writing Habits: Historicism, Philosophy, and English Benedictine Convents, 1600-1800. Analyzing a corpus of over 1,000 manuscripts and printed books, this monograph argues that early modern nuns' writings hold philosophical importance for the existentialist question of how humanity relates to God. Professor Goodrich is also known for her rigorous and experimental approach to teaching, which foregrounds community-engaged learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and project-based learning. Professor Hohn is a creative writer, and his promotion case rested on the publication of The Inner Coast: Essays (2020). This outstanding example of creative nonfiction offers a distinctive take on literary ecology, or literature of place, by exploring the fluid boundaries between geography and memory as well as the interrelation of nature and humanity, past and present. Professor Hohn has also made important contributions to the teaching of creative writing at WSU both in the classroom and in his role as Coordinator of Creative Writing, most notably by redesigning the curriculum and leading the development of new programs such as the Minor in Creative Writing. Congratulations to Professor Goodrich and Professor Hohn on their promotion!

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