Greetings from the Department Chair!
Please join me in thanking the students in Professor Beth Godbee’s “Writing for the Professions” course for putting together this newsletter. In my capacity as acting chair of the English department this term, I’d like to inform our English department community (students, faculty, alumni/ae, FAME members) of many exciting things happening in the next few months:
The English Department is moving to new offices in Marquette Hall in June 2014. The move will allow the whole department—faculty and teaching assistants—to be together in the same building. After thirty-two years, I’ll miss Coughlin Hall but probably not for long.
FAME (Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English) held a Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam on April 9 in Engineering Hall. Many local celebrities read (click here for the full list). Browse the FAME page to learn more about this event.
Our revised undergraduate curriculum has been approved and will begin implementation in fall 2014. To that end, our faculty have designed many new courses which, we hope, are not only fun but also better suited to meet the needs of our students. Please take a look.
We have begun the process of reviewing our graduate programs. We have very strong M.A. and Ph.D. programs—in fact, graduate students who completed their degrees in the last five years have enjoyed a very high placement rate—but we want to make sure that our graduate programs remain strong and thriving in a changing professional environment.
English faculty continue to contribute to university-wide student learning. Professor Gerry Canavan taught a course funded by his NEH Enduring Questions Grant. Professor Rebecca Nowacek directs the Ott Memorial Writing Center. Professor John Su directs the University Core of Common Studies, and Professor Amelia Zurcher directs the Honors Program.
English faculty are also producing scholarly knowledge. Read our online faculty profiles to see all the books and articles, which our very productive faculty have published. Five professors (Professors Blair, Curran, Hoeveler, Ratcliffe, and Rivero) edit scholarly journals or book series.
And of course, undergraduate student research is being conducted in the Ott Memorial Writing Center as well as in cooperation with individual faculty members.
To discover more about us, please visit the FAME page of the newsletter, our department website, or the FAME Facebook page.
Albert J. Rivero, Acting Chair (Spring 2014)