Greetings from the Department Chair!
It is a pleasure to pause during this busy month to re-affirm our collective dedication to reading, writing, and learning. We in the English Department are re-shaping our programs to reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of our students.
Administrative re-boots abound: Leah Flack took the lead in re-designing our PhD and MA programs, creating newly flexible options including a 5-year BA/MA track. Amelia Zurcher and Rebecca Nowacek are heading up a task force aimed at designing a new Foundations of Rhetoric course, which almost all incoming first-year students will take, and which will give full-time faculty the opportunity to work more closely with freshmen. Beth Godbee and Cedric Burrows continue to strengthen our internship program, which will be offered as a formal course for the first time in Fall 2018. And Amy Blair, in consultation with the creative writing faculty, has rolled out a new minor in creative writing to begin in the fall of 2018.
As always, our faculty and graduate students remain active teacher-scholars, publishing monographs, stories, edited collections, journal articles, poems, book reviews, websites, and more. Check out our faculty pages or the Milestones page for some highlights – or better yet, ask us about our research!
Many of us remember the late Diane Hoeveler, whose matchless energy will live on in the form of a new fellowship endowed by her husband, David. One incoming graduate student per year will be honored as a Hoeveler Fellow, and receive additional support for research from the fund. This past fall, we were also saddened by the loss of John Couture, a Marquette alumnus and instructor in the English Department.
Looking ahead, the English Department will be a key player in the University’s new Core, and we are preparing for this multi-year rollout in many ways. We remain grateful for our close community during this heady time of changes and new opportunities.
Yours in peace,
Angela Sorby, Interim Chair
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