News, Publications, and Presentations

Elwood: The Story of a Catholic World War II Hero, by Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE (Lecturer), has been chosen as one of the finalists for an "Excellence in Publishing" award given by the Association of Catholic Publishers.

Sarah Zentner's (Ph.D. student) narrative essay, "Still Becoming," will be published in Bella Grace, Issue 32 (Summer 2022).

The English Department was well represented on Research Day by the following presentations and posters:

Dr. Lilla Kopár and Dr S. Beth Newman Ooi presented a talk on their collaborative DH research project with the title "Capturing early medieval art in the digital humanities: Strategies of designing an iconographic thesaurus."

Nicole Cicippio (B.A. English '23) presented a poster based on her ENG 328 research project: "What Makes a Successful Social Media Campaign for a University Organization?"

Bridget Guinee (B.A. English '23) presented a talk drawing from her ENG 328 research project: "It’s Important to Write, Right? A Study of the Relationship between Marketing Students and Professors on the Importance of Practicing and Improving Writing Skills."

Caroline Morris (B.A. English '22) presented a poster based on her Senior Seminar essay: "Women as the Occasions for Salvation in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." 

Department Awards

Graduate Teaching Awards

Capstone Award: Michael Evans
The Capstone Award is for a Ph.D. student who is within one year of finishing the degree and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching throughout his or her career as a Ph.D. student at CUA.

Excellence in Teaching Award: Jonathan Wanner
The Excellence in Teaching Award is for a Ph.D. student who has completed at least two semesters of teaching at the Ph.D. level and has, even at this early point in his or her career, established a strong record of teaching.

H. Edward Cain Prize

The English Department is pleased to announce that Caroline Morris is the winner of this year's H. Edward Cain Prize. The Cain Prize is awarded each year to a graduating senior who has shown the highest excellence in literary study. The award will be conferred formally at this year's Honors Convocation.

O'Hagan Poetry Prize

The English Department is proud to host the annual O’Hagan Poetry Contest, made possible by a fund established by the late Thomas O’Hagan of Toronto, Canada.

Award: $100 for the best single poem
Deadline: June 1st (when Vermilion submissions close)
Late submissions will not be considered.
Judges: Ryan Wilson & Amanda Auerbach

Undergraduate students (including the graduating class of 2022) across the University are eligible. All poems submitted to Vermilion for possible publication by eligible students will be considered for the award.

Please click here for more information on how to submit your poetry!

Internship Opportunities

Phi Beta Kappa is seeking Writing Interns for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 (stipend). Applicants must be new members of Phi Beta Kappa within their first or second year to be considered for this position. Application deadlines are June 17, 2022 and November 4, 2022.

The English Department is pleased to offer Catholic University students at the junior or senior level the opportunity to apply for a unique fall internship with The Catholic University of America Press. If you have an interest in publishing, higher education, and/or graduate school, consider applying for the fall semester! More information can be found on the English Department Internship page.

Catholic University English majors at the junior or senior level are also invited to apply for new internship positions with St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, MD. The internship is designed to give interns insight into teaching reading, writing, and grammar at the elementary or middle school level at a Catholic classical school. For more information, contact Dr. Taryn Okuma (