Bethany Welcomes New Assistant Professor of English

BETHANY, W.Va. -- Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of a new faculty member for the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Elizabeth Langemak will serve as Assistant Professor of English in the College’s Department of Humanities.

“We are delighted that Dr. Langemak will add her tremendous creative talent to Bethany’s dynamic program of liberal arts education,” Miller stated. “Her nationally renowned work and highly respected teaching abilities make her an ideal fit in our community, and we look forward to partnering with her in a long and fruitful career at Bethany College.”

Langemak holds a B.A. degree in English and Creative Writing from St. Norbert College. She earned an M.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Boston University and an M.A. in Literature (20th Century American Poetry) from the University of Missouri. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri.

Langemak’s manuscript, “A Brief History of Sainthood: Poems,” was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry in 2007. It was a semi-finalist for the University of Wisconsin Brittingham/Pollak Prizes and for the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky Prize.

Her recent publications include “A Brief History of Sainthood” in Best New Poets: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers, as well as a variety of poems published in literary journals. “One Hundred Love Poems” appeared in The Georgetown Review, “I’m Not Making Grocery Lists” in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, “Lost Earring” in The Normal School, “Wintering Statues” in New Madrid and “Exegesis” and “These are the Parts” in The Bellingham Review.

Langemak has served as Senior Advisor for The Missouri Review, Associate Editor and Poetry Editor for Center: A Journal for the Literary Arts and Assistant Director of the Center for the Literary Arts at the University of Missouri.

Her teaching experience at Stephens College and the University of Missouri includes courses such as Advanced Composition; Exposition and Argumentation; American Literature: Confession and Memoir; Professional Writing; and Writing About Literature: American Confession from Rowlandson to Eggers.  

Langemak’s past presentations include “Telling the Truthiness: On Writing Beyond the Personal and the Confessional in the American Poetic Tradition” at the University of Missouri and “On ‘Two Cheers for Aesthetic Autonomy’ by Gregory Jusdanis” at the University of Missouri Colloquium Series. She has given readings at the Best New Poets Anthology Local Reading Series in St. Louis, Mo., and the Columbia, Mo., Festival of the Arts.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.