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English Department

Welcome to the Department of English! With more than 50 full-time faculty representing five fields, we are the largest academic department on campus, yet we still have some of the smallest class sizes for undergraduate courses. This unique position allows us to develop inclusive experiences with language and literacy, as we invite all students to be careful, compassionate, and creative thinkers and problem-solvers. We encourage students to actively cultivate their knowledge through student organizations, internships, study-abroad, and service-learning projects.



English Department Hours and Contact Information

Spring 2021 office hours can be found on our Contact Us page. Faculty and Staff will be available by remote access.

COVID Response


Language Race and Ethnicity Speaker Series:  Adrienne Tsikewa, Wed., March 3, 2021 – 3pm – 4:15pm MST

Adrienne Tsikewa, from Zuni Pueblo Nation and UC Santa Barbara – Addressing Gaps in Field Linguistic Training: Decolonial Approaches to Language Documentation. Register to receive the link

Hemingway Virtual Events: Elizabeth Outka, Thurs., March. 4 – 5pm MST

Professor Elizabeth Outka, author of Viral Modernism. Guest Speaker on Pandemic Literature. To register, email

Idea of Nature: Wed., March 17

Loren Davis, Oregon State University

Student Spotlight Congratulations!

English Dept. Scholarship Recipients
$25,500 awarded for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Amanda Hawks
Bryan Cain
Carlee Benjamin
Danica Cross
Emily Sanchez
Grace Jurhs
Hunter Kelmann
Jacey Anderson
Jesus Rivera
Kaden Wood
Kayla Kaiser
Nicole Plumb
Reagan Burke
Sariah Hilbish
Shyann Gambill

To apply for future scholarships: Visit
Complete the general application. Once the general application is complete, click on the Department of English scholarships application.

English Department Graduates – BA Fall 2020

Alfredo Ocaranza – Literature
Amanda Carruth – Literature
Amy Letterle – Teaching
Brianna Meyer – Tech Comm
Carlee Benjamin – Literature
Chelsea Gerard – Writing, Rhet
Courtney Chase – Literature
David Collie – Writing, Rhet
Emily McQuade – Literature
Emma Cummins – Writing, Rhet
Eric Ellis – Literature
Janelle Thirtyacre – Teaching
Jennifer Roberts – Writing, Rhet
Jessica Randall – Tech Comm
Jodie Crockett – Teaching
John Barrie – Writing, Rhet
Kacey Bates – Tech Comm
Karah Frazier-Harrold – Literature
Kayla Scord – Linguistics
Lainey Anderson – Writing, Rhet
Lexy Nagy – Teaching
Mabel Morales – Writing, Rhet
Megan Wheeler – Writing, Rhet
Michal Bilger – Teaching
Sabina Barber – Literature
Sam Heidelberg – Teaching
Taylor Greenside – Teaching

English Department Graduates – MA Fall 2020

Alannah Ackaret – Tech Comm
Angela Fairbanks – Tech Comm
Marijke Vanderschaaf – Tech Comm
Morgan Ackley – Tech Comm
Taylor Lusk – Tech Comm

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Faculty Spotlight

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Dawn Shepherd, an Associate Professor of English and Director of the WRTC Emphasis, is quoted in a recent Vox article on the use of video in dating apps. She studies online dating and matching procedures and was consulted because of her work on the history of matchmaking, including the emergence of video dating services in the late twentieth century.

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Ralph Clare, Associate Professor of English, published a book chapter, “Credit Where Debit is Due: Finance and Consumer Credit in Popular Culture” in Cultural Studies in the Digital Age, eds. Bill Nericcio and Antonio Rafel (SDSU Press/CODE[X], 2021). The chapter examines films about the 2008 financial crisis and recent credit card ads to show how the financial turn in the economy and its fall out have been cynically depicted as business as usual and the lessons of the crisis virtually ignored.

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