Department of English

Recent accomplishments

Conference on College Composition and Communication logoThe Core Writing Program has received the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. To earn this designation, a writing program must demonstrate not only best practices in writing instruction, but also responsivity to the needs of its students, instructors and institution; exemplary professional development opportunities for faculty; effective, ongoing assessment and placement procedures; appropriate class sizes based; and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The selection committee specifically praised the Core Writing Program’s recent curriculum revisions that emphasize language diversity and encourage students to reflect and build upon their knowledge about writing. The committee also noted programmatic achievements such fostering respectful, humane, and professional working environment for faculty of all ranks; advocating for and protecting smaller class sizes; and implementing a portfolio model of teaching evaluation. Representatives from the program will accept the award at the 2023 CCCC convention in Chicago.

This award is the culmination of years of program refinement and innovation amid challenging times. Congratulations to the Core Writing administration team (Todd, Jim, Katie, and Joanne), administrative all-star Cami, and all Core Writing committee members and staff.

Department of English recent news

Mridul Gautam speaks at a podium with a power point slide behind him with a photo of Alireza Tavakkoli, Foundation Early Career Innovator

2024 Research & Innovation Awards

Honoring faculty through awards and fellowships

Justin Gifford is an associate professor of English literature.

NEH names University Associate Professor Justin Gifford as new Fellow

Taking a step back from teaching to focus on writing a biography

Andrew Teeple

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“I want to become a teacher because I have always felt that helping other people become the best versions of themselves is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world.”