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Edwina L. Helton

Professor of English
Director of Graduate Programs in English
Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies
FACET Liaison
Whitewater Hall 269
(765) 973-8460


  • Ph.D., English, Miami University
  • M.A. and B.A., English, University of Akron
  • Graduate Certificate in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Akron
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland, European Division, Suffolk, UK

Current Research and Creative Activity

Modern Minority Literatures, Romantic Period Literature, Historigraphical Approaches to Women’s and Gender Studies, Digital Humanities and the Arts, Online Teaching Pedagogies and Program Management, Stylistics, Rhetoric and Argumentation Theory, History of the English Language, Linguistics and Language Development

Selected Recent Presentations

  • “Publishing for Increasing Student Engagement with Historical Contexts of Course Content.” Lilly Spring International Conference: Evidence Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, Maryland, Forthcoming, May, 2015
  • “Revisioning the Culture of First-Year Composition Faculty: Implementing Effective Change Following Systematic Assessment Reporting.” Writing Program Administrators national Conference, Normal, Illinois, July, 2014
  • “Content Rich Instruction: Interactive Course Materials for Online Teaching.” Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Traverse City, Michigan, October, 2014
  • “Revising and Restructuring The Community of First-Year Composition Faculty: Activism Aimed at Effective Change Following Systematic Assessment Outcomes.” Writing Program Administrators national conference, Savannah, Georgia, July, 2013

Selected Recent Publications

  • The Ideology of Early Black American Experience: Civil War and Reconstruction. iBook. 2015
  • Garden Birds in Art: The Bluebird, Chickadee, Sparrow, Swallow, and Wren. iBook. 2014
  • Ansel Adams Japanese - American Relocation And Internment At Manzanar With Historic Camp Films. iBook. 2013
  • Birds of Prey: Owl. iBook. 2013
  • A Visual History of Child Labor: Crime, Reform, and Government Regulation. iBook. 2012

Selected Teaching Awards

  • The Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award, Indiana University System-Wide Teaching Award, 2009
  • Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching, All Campus Teaching Award, 2004
  • FACET, Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Award, Indiana University System-Wide Award, 2001
  • Trustees Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University System-Wide, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Horizon Award for Excellence in Teaching, All Campus Teaching Award, 1999

Selected Academic Awards/Grants

  • IU System Curriculum Grant for Indiana University East, 2013-14 ($15,000)
  • Service Award, Nomination, Indiana University East, 2009 (Not pursued)
  • Curriculum Development Grant, Indiana University East, 2006 ($7000)
  • Arts and Humanities New Frontiers Scholar Grant, Indiana University, 2002-04
  • Membership to the Faculty of the Indiana University Graduate School, 2002
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University, 1996, 1999

Selected Previous Positions

  • Coordinator, Online English Degree, Indiana University East, 2005-2012
  • Director of Writing, Indiana University East, 1997-2012
  • Assistant Coordinator of English, Indiana University East, 2000-09
  • Assistant Director of College Composition and Digital Writing Coordinator, Miami University, 1992-94


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