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.
Susannah Oxley, an incoming Boise State senior studying English education, articulates her emotional journey to strength and resilience during the COVID pandemic in an op-ed for Idaho Press (May 15, 2020). She explains how extraordinary circumstances highlight the best in our teachers and their loving dedication to students. Please read her inspiring work, “Stressful Times Show the Resiliency of the Human Spirit,” on the Idaho Press website.
As calls for social justice and anti-racism fill our public spheres, we have an opportunity to invest in our ongoing commitment to meet these calls. Dr. Les Hutchinson Campos will lead the CTL workshop Culturally Responsive Pedagogy on Sept. 8 at 2:00 pm to address this opportunity. This workshop offers educators practical tools for adapting teaching practices that support students’ cultural experiences. Dr. Hutchinson Campos’s scholarship and pedagogy centers around creating digital infrastructures that promote cultural sustainability and social justice.