Academic Resources

Summer Scholars Program

English Department

Updated for 2014

Department Website

Students interested in doing a Summer Scholars project should come up with a specific project proposal and meet with a suitable faculty member to determine if he or she will be able to mentor the project. Faculty areas of expertise and research interests are listed on the English Department website. Or contact Dr. Norberg, the departmental chair, at to request a list.  Some of the faculty have also asked to be listed here.

Thomas Coyne, M. F. A.

Thomas Coyne, M. F. A.
Fiction writing, screenwriting, creative nonfiction writing

Dr. Peter Norberg 
Since 2006, I have served as Associate General Editor of Melville’s Marginalia Online(, an electronic archive of Herman Melville’s reading that includes critical editions of surviving books from Melville’s personal library.  The marginalia Melville made in his personal library are an essential component of the manuscript archive for his fiction and poetry.  Many of these volumes served as primary sources for his published works, and reveal much about his aesthetic principles and intentions as an artist. 
Summer Scholars who contribute to this project engage in all aspects of the creation of digital copies of volumes housed in the collections of a number of universities, including Harvard University's Houghton Library, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University.  Work includes the careful examination of originals, the use of methods for digital analysis and transcription, data entry, copy-editing and some limited HTML programming, as well as basic bibliographical and historical research.  This is fine practice for a variety of careers that require careful attention to detail and the ability to synthesize large quantities of disparate material. Knowledge of Photoshop is preferred, but not required.

Sara Pevar, M. F. A.
My degree (MFA) is in fiction writing, and I've taught creative writing in the past, so I might be a good fit if a student is interested in that kind of project. 

Dr. Jenny Spinner

Dr. Jenny Spinner

My areas of interest are the essay, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, mobile journalism, and writing center theory and practice.