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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



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Recent News

April 15, 2021

Dr. Jian Neo Chen, associate professor of queer studies in the Department of English and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University, received the…

April 15, 2021

The Department of English warmly congratulates Professor Dorothy Noyes on receiving the 2021 University Distinguished Scholar Award. Established in 1978, the award…

April 12, 2021

Lord Denney's Players has announced the winners of its fourth annual sonnet contest. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

First Prize: "Ode to…
April 9, 2021

The Department of English is thrilled to announce that MFA in Creative Writing student Daniel Barnum was named an autumn 2020 Presidential Fellow. Every autumn and…

People Directory

Jared  Gardner
Joseph V. Denney Designated Professor of English and Director of Popular Culture Studies
Norman W. Jones
Dean of Mansfield Campus and Professor
Ben McCorkle
Associate Professor
Carlos Gabriel Kelly
PhD in English Candidate