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Our Mission

The Department of English creates and teaches knowledge about literature, poetics, writing, media, language and cultures in the English-speaking world. The Department serves constituents both inside and outside the university — including interdisciplinary programs, service-learning projects and the discipline at large — and prepares students for careers inside and outside of academia. We believe that the analytical study of our sub-disciplines helps develop logical thought, awareness of the complexity of texts and of value judgments, apprehension of others’ points of view, and imagination. English studies can expand creative, communicative and cognitive capacities; can sharpen the ability to make difficult judgments; and can help us understand societies, times and cultures different from our own.

What We Care About

  • Human connection: community and communication
  • Finding meaning(s) in life
  • Making a difference in the world
  • Active, participatory learning
  • Textual production, creation and expression
  • Artifacts of language: books, media, writing, comics, talk
  • The arts of persuasion
  • The pleasures of analysis
  • The ways language structures the world and the self
  • Structural change for social justice
  • The history and future of English(es)
  • The interdependency of form and content



Recent News

September 23, 2021

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English Robyn Warhol was awarded the 2022 Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award from the International…

September 17, 2021

The Department of English would like to welcome Dr. Ashleigh Hardin as the new Associate Director of First-Year Writing. She is part of the team that oversees…

September 14, 2021

The Department of English is delighted to announce Associate Professor Christa Teston has received a Research and Implementation Grant from the Michael V. Drake…

September 10, 2021

As faculty, staff and students begin a fresh start in a new semester, we want to take a moment to welcome the newest members of our English department. Please send warm regards to our newcomers…

People Directory

Grace Culhane
MFA in Creative Writing Student
Elizabeth  Velasquez
MA/PhD in English Student
Robyn  Warhol
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English
Allison Hargett
PhD in English Student