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WILLIAM E. COSGROVE EDUCATION PhD: The University of Iowa, Iowa City - January, 1972 MA : Marquette University, Milwaukee - June, 1966 BA : College of St. Thomas, St. Paul - January, 1962 TEACHING EXPERIENCE 1997- North Dakota State University, Professor of English 1991-1997: North Dakota State University, Chair 1981-1991: North Dakota State University, Professor of English 1975-1981: North Dakota State University, Associate Professor of English 1970-1975: North Dakota State University, Assistant Professor of English PUBLICATIONS (Selected) "Modern Black Writers: The Divided Self," Negro American Literature Forum 7.4 (Winter, 1973), 123-26. "Family Lineage and Narrative Pattern in Cooper's Littlepage Trilogy," Forum, The University of Houston 12.1 (Spring, 1974), 2-8. "Strategies of Survival: The Gimmick Motif in Black Literature," Studies in the Twentieth Century 15 (Spring, 1975), 109-27. "The 'Soundless Moiling' of Bayard Sartoris," Arizona Quarterly 35.2 (Summer, 1979), 165-69. "'To See Life Reflected': Seeing as Living in The Ambassadors," with Irene Mathees, The Henry James Review 1.3 (Spring, 1980), 204-10. "Adultery as Analgesic in the American Novel." book review, South Carolina Review 19.1(1986), 88-90. "The World According to Garp as Fabulation,” South Carolina Review 19.2 (1987), 52-58. “Short Stories, Local Color, and Modern Urban Regionalism,” review of “The Dirty Shame Hotel” and Other Stories, Ron Block, Nebraska Territory 2000, 7-14. “Mark Twain Made Me Do It,” review of “Mark Twain Made Me Do It” and Other Plains Adventures, Bryan Jones, Nebraska Territory 2000, 25-31. “Who‟s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” Guthrie Theater, Fargo Forum, C2, March 15, 2001. “Terrorism, Existentialism, and the Banality of Evil,” Fargo Forum, October 25, 2001. “The Weight of All Water (poem), “Frame for Beauty” (poem), “Apologia Pro Vita Homer” (poem), “Paperboys” short story), “A Touch of the Father” (short story), Carbon World, vol. VII, 2001, 93-134. “Wrestling with the Under Toad in The World According to Garp,” Papers Presented to the Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota, ed. Cartmill and Johnson, Linguistic Circle, 2002, 39-45. PAPERS PRESENTED (Selected) "The 'Soundless Moiling' of Bayard Sartoris," Annual Conference, Linguistic Circle of Manitoba, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, October 28, 1978. "Wrestling with the Undertoad in The World According to Garp," National Convention, National Council of Teachers of English, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 23, 1980. "The Language Factor," National Convention, American Culture Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 27, 1981. (Paper invited and accepted for presentation.) "The Magnetic Family Circle: Reunion and Redemption in The Scarlet Letter," Linguistic Circle of Manitoba, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, October 30, 1982. "The Jamesian Voyeur in The Ambassadors," Linguistic Circle of Manitoba, U. of Manitoba, Oct. 27, 1984. "The Pragmatism of Seeing as Living: Henry James‟s The Ambassadors," Midwest Modern Language Association, Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO, November 6, 1998. “(De)Constructing Knowledge of the (Rear)Ra(n)ging Sea in Stephen Crane‟s (Re)Open(ed) Boat,” Midwest Modern Language Association National Convention, Minneapolis Marriot City Center, November 5, 1999. “[Re]Killing Cacciato: Death and Life, Imagination and Memory in Going After Cacciato,” Popular Culture Association, April 22, 2000, New Orleans. “Stories, Voices, and Theories of Midwestern Modern Regionalism, or, Twain, Huck, and Holden Made Me Do It,” Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and N.D., October 20, 2000, Winnipeg. “[Re]Killing Cacciato and [Re]Writing GOING AFTER CACCIATO,” Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota, U. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, October 23-24, 2004. AWARDS, HONORS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Iowa, 1969-70. Mart Vogel Teaching Award, English Department, North Dakota State University, 1973. 2 Grand Prize, "Holograms and Holism: Meaning and Value in the Liberal Arts," Liberal Arts Essay Competition, St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 1, 1977. First Prize, "In the Interest of Just Punishment," North Dakota State Fair Writing Contest, 1978. Second Prize, "The Language Factor," North Dakota State Fair Writing Contest, 1980. First Place, radio commentary, "Obscure Words Redeemed," N. D. Associated Press Broadcasters, Sept. 28, 1982. Best of Class, "'Winter Wheat': Wheat of Winter, People of Winter," North Dakota State Fair Writing Contest, 1982. Honorable Mention, "Poem for My Daughters," North Dakota State Fair Writing Contest, 1985. Best of Show, "An Act of Remembering, the Knowing of Memory," North Dakota State Fair Writing Contest,1985. Speakers Bureau, North Dakota Humanities Council, "Mark Twain Live and In Person," 1983-1985. Nominee, Distinguished Educator Award, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, NDSU, 1987. Best of Class, 4th, "When You Forget the Words," North Dakota State Fair Writing Contest, 1989. Service Award, Bison Ambassadors, Apple Polisher 1994, NDSU, March 24, 1994. Outstanding Service Award, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, April 30, 1999. Mart Vogel Teaching Award, English Department, North Dakota State University, 2004. Outstanding Educator Award, Advisory Board, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2004. SERVICE (Selected) Vice-President, North Dakota Council of Teachers of English, 1979-1981. State Director, National Council of Teachers of English, 1978-81, 1989-1997 President, North Dakota Council of Teachers of English, 1981-1983;. Committees (Selected, recent) Department: Ph.D. Committee, 2001 - 2004 Promotion, Tenure, Evaluation Committee, 1998 - 2000 Graduate Committee, 1997 - Scholarship Committee, 1986-present Department Cosgrove Seminars Committee, 1991- present College: Promotion, Tenure, and Evaluation Committee, 1997- 2002, member and chair; 1986-89, member and chair; 1982-85, member and chair University: Graduate Council, 1992-95 Grade Appeals Board, 1990-93, chair University Faculty Senate, 1989-92; Senate Executive Committee Program Review Committee, 1989-1991 CREATIVE ACTIVITY Radio Commentaries, KDSU-FM92: "The Cosgrove Report," 64 weekly commentaries, 1981-82. Play and Art Reviews, KDSU-FM92, 1982-97: FMCT and LCT, Total: 151 "An Evening with Mark Twain: „The Trouble Begins at 8.‟" One-man shows impersonating Mark Twain, 1983- Selected performances: Mayville State University, Mayville, ND, April 6, 1987. Metropolitan Water Commission, St. Paul, MN, June 26, 1988. NDSU Lecture Series, Centennial Week, Memorial Union Century Theater, April 26, 1990. 1991 National Elderhostel, North Dakota State University, July 15-19, 1991. l‟Association des Francais du Nord, Chautauqua French Festival, Red Lake Falls, MN, August 29, 1992. Summit Conference for State Officials, Bureau of Government Affairs, UND, March 14, 1994. Science Museum of Minnesota, Grand Opening, “Mark Twain on the Mississippi,” St. Paul, MN, Dec. 11-12, 1999. Fargo-Moorhead Communiversity, Riverview Place, Fargo, October 25, 2003. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Broadway Musical,” Moorhead Jr. High School production, Moorhead High School, February 19, 20, 21, 2004. Jamestown College, Friends of the Fine Arts, Reiland Fine Arts Center, January 20, 2005. College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Honors Brunch, NDSU Memorial Union, Oct. 29, 2005. Current total: 114 shows, 11,500 attendance “Reverence for Life: Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach,” Performance as Albert Schweitzer, Fargo-Moorhead Communiversity, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorhead, MN, Feb. 4, 2001.
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