Candis Pizzetta

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Associate Professor
Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Advancement
Director of the Center for University Scholars

Office Location: Administration Tower, #606
Phone: 601-979-6344




Ph.D., English, Baylor University
M.A., English, Mississippi College
B.A., English, University of Arkansas

Specialty Areas/Research Interests:
Early American women’s fiction
Cognitive approaches to narrative
Women, science, and science fiction (especially in the 19th century)
Developing interdisciplinary research methods for the humanities 

Recent Courses Taught:
Modern Poetry and Poetics (graduate)
American Fiction before 1900 (graduate)
American Renaissance Literature
Twentieth Century American Poetry
Survey of American Literature
Southern Women Writers (graduate)
Research and Bibliography (graduate)

Recent Publications:
Forthcoming “Exploring Regional Identity in Arkansas: The Salience of the Ozark Term.” Elder Mountain 7 (2016). As second author with Thomas Kersen.
“Circumstantial Evidence: Elusive Truth in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt.’” POMPA 49.1 (2015): 73-86.
“Expanding Boundaries: The Language of Custom, Female Agency, and the Origin of Abolitionism in the New United States.” The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane. Ed. Patsy J. Daniels. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 
“Diary Reporting and Phonetic Transcription for Effective Speech Analysis in Children with Disabilities: What Itard did not Know,” Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research 4.1 (2014). As third author.
Editor’s Introduction for a special issue of The Researcher on Cyber-learning, Fall 2013.
Review of Reading for the Body: The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893-1985, by Jay Watson in the Journal of Mississippi History, Fall (2012): 298-300.
“Division of Maternal Effort in Anne Enright’s The Gathering” in Constructing the Literary Self: Race and Gender in Twentieth-Century Literature. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 199 – 212.
“Eliza’s Dilemma: Parsing the Language of The Coquette through the Filter of Literary Darwinism.” POMPA 48.1 (2011): 114-131.

Recent Conference Presentations:
“Domestic Utopias: Female Authority in Mizora and An Episode in the Doings of the Dualized,” American Studies Association, Denver, November 2016.
“[Re]Imagining the Liberal Arts: Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in the Knowledge Economy,” Conference on the Liberal Arts, Jackson State University, October 2016.
“Social Status and Gender in Judith Sargent Murray’s “On the Equality of the Sexes,” South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Nashville, November 2015.
“Circumstantial Evidence: Elusive Truth in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” Mississippi Philological Association Conference, Mississippi State University, January 2015.
 “Bring Your Sister Along: Mentorship, Sisterhood, and Women in the Academy” for the Women’s Caucus of the National Communications Association Conference, Chicago, November 2014. 
“Walk through Darkness and The Known World:  The Neo-slave Narrative as Discourse on Family in the American South,” College Language Association Conference, New Orleans, March 2014.
“Expanding Boundaries: The Language of Custom, Female Agency, and the Origin of Abolitionism in the New United States,” Mississippi Philological Association Conference, Mississippi State University, February 2014.
“Undergraduate Researchers: The Key to What Works in Online Classes and Why,” electronic poster presentation, Sloan C Conference, Tampa, FL, November 2013.
“Wyandotte: James Fenimore Cooper’s Exploration of Identity Formation and Patriarchal Norms on the American Frontier,” Mississippi Philological Conference, William Carey College, February 2013.
“Collaborative Learning in the Online Literature Classroom,” Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in Washington, D.C. May 27-June 3, 2012.
 “Community, Virtue, and Equality: Reconsidering Republican Ideals in Late Nineteenth-Century Utopian Fiction,” Mississippi Philological Association Conference, Cleveland, MS, February 2012.


University Service/Appointments:
Professional Service
Editor, The Researcher, Fall 2015 – present 
Guest editor, The Researcher, 2013
Center for Undergraduate Research mentor, 2012-2014
Mississippi Humanities Council Program Evaluator, 2012-2013

Jackson State University
University Committees:
Graduate Faculty Status Sub-Committee of the Graduate Council, 2015-2016
Peer Assessment Committee, 2014-2016
Faculty Senator-at-large, August 2013 – May 2014 
Faculty Senator DEMFL, January 2012 – August 2013

Departmental Committees:
Graduate Advisory Committee, 2005-2011, Co-Coordinator 2007-2009, Coordinator 2009-2016
Graduate English Competency Exam Committee, Coordinator 2005 – 2016
Graduate Area Comprehensive Exam Committee, Coordinator 2007 – 2016
Departmental Website Maintenance Committee, Co-Coordinator 2007 – 2016



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