Name: Janet Schrunk Ericksen
Title: Associate Professor of English
Unit: Division of the Humanities
Campus Address: Humanities 212
Campus Phone: (320) 589-6263
Home Address: 1013 W. 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267
Home Phone: (320) 589-2592


College and University Education
Ph.D. 1994 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. English (Old and Middle English Literature and Language).
1991 Summer Course in Icelandic, University of Iceland, Reykjavik.
M.A. 1988 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. English.
B.A. 1986 University of Kansas. Art History, English, magna cum laude.
1984-85 University of Hull, Northumberland, UK.

Graduate Honors and Awards
Distinction, Ph.D. Exams (Old and Middle English), 1991
English Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant Nominee, 1987-92
Citations in University of Illinois “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students”
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of Illinois, 1991
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas, 1986
Amsden Award for High Academic Achievement in Art History, University of Kansas


Professional Employment
Associate Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN. July 2001 - present.
Assistant Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN. September 1998 - June 2001.
Assistant Professor of English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 1993 - 1998.
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. 1986 - 1993.

Administrative Experience
Coordinator of English, Fall 2003-present
Co-Coordinator of English, Spring 2001
Assistant to the Director of Rhetoric, 1990-1991
Coordinator, Annual Allerton Articulation Conference, 1990, 1991
Chair, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Committee, 1990, 1991
Chair, Rhetoric Textbook Search Committee, 1991
Coordinator, Freshman Rhetoric Placement Testing, 1990-1991
Coordinator, Division of Rhetoric New Teacher Orientation, 1990


Professional Organization Memberships
Medieval Academy of America
International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
New Chaucer Society
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies
Medieval Association of the Midwest
Southeastern Medieval Association


University of Minnesota, Morris Courses Taught
UMM switched to Semesters in Fall 1999:
Engl 1011, College Writing, Fall 1999, Fall 2001
Engl 1106, Icelandic Sagas, Fall 1999, Spring 2002
Engl 1112, Defamed and Defended: Women and Men in Medieval Literature, Spring 2001
Engl 1131, Introduction to Literature, Spring 2004
Engl 2011, Analysis of Poetry, Spring 2001, Fall 2001
Engl 2993, Directed Study: Five Women Poets, Emily Warnsholz, Spring 2002
Engl 3001, Advanced Expository Writing, Fall 2000, Spring 2001
Engl 3021, Grammar and Language, Fall 1999, Fall 2001, Fall 2003
Engl 3051, Medieval Literature, Spring 2000
Engl 3101, Medieval to Renaissance in English Literature, Fall 2000, Summer 2001
Engl 3101, British Literature Survey I, Fall 2003
Engl 3993, Directed Study: Echoes of or Evidence of Ojibwe in Modern Reservation English, James Benoit, Spring 2000; Writing Children's Literature, Kimberly Ulrich, Fall 2000; More Modern Grammar, Tara Frauendienst, Spring 2001. Understanding English Grammar, Michelle Hillesheim, Spring 2002
Engl 4993, Directed Study: Dante’s Inferno, James Benoit, Spring 2001
Engl 4004, Old English, Spring 2000, Spring 2002, Spring 2004
IS 2001H, Honors: Traditions in Human Thought (co-taught with Jim Togeas, Chemistry), Fall 2003
IS 3201H, Ideas of Order in the Medieval World (jointly taught with Jim Togeas, Chemistry, and Anna Dronzek, History), Spring 2001
These courses are under Quarters:
Engl 1301, College Writing I, Fall 1998, Winter 1999
Engl 1302, College Writing II, Spring 1999
Engl 3200, Modern Grammar, Winter 1999
Engl 3220, Introduction to the English Language, Spring 1999
Engl 3380/3380H, Medieval Literature, Fall 1998

Vanderbilt University Courses Taught
Introduction to Poetry (writing intensive)
British Literature Survey: Beowulf to Milton
Old English Literature and Language
Medieval Literature
History of the English Language
Medieval Religious Narrative (graduate seminar)
Icelandic Sagas

Advising and Instruction-Related University Activities
*2000-01: 34 advisees


“Genre Indecision in Gunnlaugssaga Ormstungu,” Scandinavian Studies 76 (2004): forthcoming.
“Penitential Nakedness in the Old English Genesis,” Naked Before God, ed. Benjamin Withers and Jonathon Wilcox (West Virginia University Press, 2003) 257-74.
“The Wisdom Poem at the End of MS Junius 11,” The Poems of MS Junius 11: Basic Readings, ed. R.M. Liuzza (New York: Routledge, 2002) 302-26.
“Offering the Forbidden Fruit in MS Junius 11,” Gesture in Medieval Drama and Art, ed. Clifford Davidson, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series 28 (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute , 2001) 48-65.
“Transforming Female History in Stjórn,” Scandinavian Studies, 70.2 (1998): 195-208.
“Runesticks and Reading ‘The Husband’s Message,’” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 99 (1998): 31-7.
“Lands of Unlikeness in Genesis B,” Studies in Philology 93.1 (1996):1-20.
Review of Catherine E. Karkov. Text and Picture in Anglo-Saxon England. Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 31. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001. Pp. 225. JEGP (April 2004): 258-261.
Review of Vésteinn Ólason. Dialogues with the Viking Age: Narration and Representation in the Sagas of the Icelanders. Trans. Andrew Wawn. Reykjavík: Heimskringla, 1998. Pp. 297. in Scandinavian Studies 71 (1999): 263-4.
“General and Miscellaneous Subjects,” Year’s Work in Old English Studies 1997, Old English Newsletter 32.2 (Winter, 1998), 5-14.
“General and Miscellaneous Subjects,” Year’s Work in Old English Studies 1996, Old English Newsletter 31.2 (Winter, 1998), 5-13.
“General and Miscellaneous Subjects,” Year’s Work in Old English Studies 1995, Old English Newsletter 30.2 (Winter, 1997), 5-11.
“General and Miscellaneous Subjects,” Year’s Work in Old English Studies 1994, Old English Newsletter 29.2 (Winter, 1996) 5-15.
“General and Miscellaneous Subjects,” Year’s Work in Old English Studies 1993, Old English Newsletter 28.2 (Winter, 1995) 5-8.
“Bachiarius,” “Salonius,” “Expositio Baptisterii,” “Adalbero of Laon,” “Aethicus Ister,” “Arnobius,” forthcoming in Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture, ed. Frederick M. Biggs., Thomas D. Hill, and Paul E. Szarmach (Binghamton: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies).

Conference Papers and Presentations
“Putting MS Junius 11 on the Shelf,” 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2004.
“Why One Monastic Library Is not Like Another,” Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, April 2004.
“Genre Indecision in Gunnlaugs saga ormstungu,” Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Tallahassee, FL, September 2002.
“Making Room for Old English,” Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature, Moorhead, MN, April 2002.
“Hardback or Paperback, Serial or Anthology: Book and Poem in the Old English Junius Manuscript,” invited lecture at the Center for Medieval Studies, University of MN, Twin Cities, February 2002.
“Promises, Obligation, and the Fall in Old Irish and Old English,” Southeastern Medieval Association, New Orleans, October 2001.
“The Thrice-Told Tale in MS Junius 11,” International Conference on Medieval Studies, Leeds, England, July 2001
“On the Place of Daniel,” Medieval Association of the Midwest, College of St. Scholastica, October 2000
“Multiple Address and the Gesture of Temptation,” 35th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2000.
“Christ and Satan, Biblical-poetry Genre, and MS Junius 11,” M/MLA, November 1999.
“The Numbered Universe of Christ and Satan,” Southeastern Medieval Association, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, October 1999.
“Contract Law and Tacen in Genesis B,” 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1998.
“Of Nakedness and Penance in the Old English Genesis,” 22nd International Conference on Patristic, Mediaeval, and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, September 1997.
“Nakedness and Knowledge: Canon Law and Translating the Fall,” M/MLA, St. Louis, Missouri, November 1995.
“Narrating the Fall: Adam, Eve, and the Hoggormr,” 30th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1995.
“Arnobius, Adalbero of Laon, and Aethicus Ister,” 29th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1994.
“Discerning Eve in Genesis B,” Medieval Academy of America meeting, Knoxville, Tennessee, April 1994.
“Genesis B and the Land of Unlikeness,” 26th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1991.
“Runesticks and Reading ‘The Husband’s Message,’” 21st Annual Conference for the Advancement of Early Studies, Ball State University, October 1990.

Grants and Research Support
NEH Summer Stipend, 2003.
Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Spring 2003.
McKnight Travel Grant, Spring 2003.
Office of International Programs Grant, Spring 2003.
UMM Sabbatical Supplement, 2002-03.
JSTOR Faculty/Instructional Librarian Partnership Grant, 2002.
Grant-in-Aid of Research, University of Minnesota, Summer 1999.
NEH Award to attend Summer Seminar on Old English Literature in Manuscript Context at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Summer 1997.
Vanderbilt University Research Council Grant, Summer 1997 (in support of research at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge).
Vanderbilt University Research Council Fellowship, Spring 1997.
Robert Penn Warren Humanities Center Fellowship, 1995-96.
Vanderbilt University Research Council Summer Grant, 1994-95.
University of Illinois Dissertation Fellowship, Fall 1992.
University of Illinois Department of English Gragg Fellowship, Fall 1992.
University of Illinois Thesis Support Grant, Summer 1991.

Work in Progress
*Poem and Book in MS Junius 11 (book in progress)
“Adam, Eve, Tokens, and Contracts” (article in progress)

Research Languages
Latin, Old Norse, German, French, Icelandic, Old Irish


University Senate: Committee on Faculty Affairs, 2003-present
Art History search committee, 2003-04
Grants Advisory Group, 2003-05
Study Abroad Curriculum Integration project participant, Fall 2002
Faculty Mentor, 2002-03
Honors Program Review Committee, 2001-02
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Committee, 2001-02
Tenure-Track Faculty Seminar, with Tom Turner, 2001-2002
Honors Program Review Committee, 2001-2002
English Search Committee Chair, 2001-2002
UROP Committee, 2001-2002
Single Semester Leave Committee, Fall 2000
Honors Program Advisory Committee, Fall 2000 - present
English Search Committee Member, 2000-01
Barber Lecture Committee, 1999-2000, 2000-2001
English Search Committee Chair, 1999-2000
Presenter at the Fall Faculty Workshop, Fall 1999
Program Co-coordinator for Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, 1997
Graduate Studies Committee, 1994-1998
Pre-major Advisor, 1994-1998
Major Advisor, 1994-1998
Faculty Mentor for Graduate Teaching Assistants, 1994, 1995, 1997
Faculty Advisor for Project Read Literacy Program (student volunteers), 1994-95
Independent Studies on Beowulf, Fall 1994
Research Assistant to Prof. John B. Friedman, Summer 1992
Grade Review Committee, 1991
Lecturer, University of Illinois Freshman Orientation Program, Summer 1991
Editorial Assistant for JEGP, 1990-1993
Rhetoric Advisory Committee, 1990, 1991
Allerton Articulation Conference Program Committee, 1990, 1991
Rhetoric Advisor to new teaching assistants, 1989-1990

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