Graduate Student Representative
Over the years, more and more graduate students have started attending the annual Western Literature Association Conference. Now every fifth member of the Western Literature Association is a graduate student. Therefore, since 2001, the association’s Executive Council has included a Graduate Student Representative who is elected by the membership at large. Beginning in 2011, two grad student representatives serve on the council. Each graduate student representative serves a two-year term, and a new representative is elected each year.
Each Grad Rep’s responsibilities include:
If you are interested in submitting your name for nomination as Grad Student Representative, please contact the current WLA president. Note: The Graduate Student Reps are appointed for two years, and the Western Literature Association expects that appointment to be carried out. So please don’t nominate yourself or accept a nomination for Graduate Student Rep if you expect to finish your degree before the end of spring semester of your second year.
Contact your current graduate student representatives:
Senior Student Rep:
Jaquelin Pelzer (rep: 2013-2015)
University of Colorado, Boulder
Jaquelin Pelzer is a PhD student at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Junior Student Rep:
Sylvan Goldberg (rep: 2014-2016)
University of Nevada, Reno
Sylvan Goldberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Stanford University. He holds an MA in Literature and Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno. His current research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, sentimentalism, and westward exploration narratives, addressing questions of ecocriticism, gender and sexuality, affect, and aesthetics.
Past Graduate Student Reps:
William V. Lombardi, University of Nevada, Reno, 2012-2014
Ashley Reis, University of North Texas, 2011-2013
Matt Lavin, University of Iowa, 2010-2012
Kerry Fine, Texas Tech University, 2008-2011
Angela Waldie, University of Calgary, 2006-2008
Drucilla Wall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005-2006
Matthew R. Burkhart, University of Arizona, 2003-2005
Anne L. Kaufman, University of Maryland, 2001-2003