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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 2022 office hours are on our Contact Us page. Faculty and Staff will be available by remote access.

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EVENTS - Fall 2022

Faculty Spotlight

Amber Warrington

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Dr. Amber Warrington was awarded the Golden Apple Award, which is a student-led effort to express appreciation to outstanding educators. A student wrote of Dr. Warrington, “I could tell that she truly cared about me and how I was doing. […] That has meant more to me than words could ever express. […] Every day we start class with a ‘community check-in’ with a daily question to check in with each other on how we’re doing. This has set an environment firmly centered on fostering friendships. We care about each other and have been naturally inclined to be inclusive of everyone in class because of the environment she has and continues to create daily.”

Clyde Moneyhun

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English Professor Clyde Moneyhun’s translation of “Ídols” by Gabriel Ferrater (1922-1972) has been chosen as the winner of the 2022 Sant Jordi Translation Contest at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was honored via Zoom, which featured Clyde reading his translation of the poem.
His poem translation was selected as the winner of this award by a committee that included guest judges from Catalonia, the UMass Departments of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Comparative Literature, and Smith College. The annual Sant Jordi program is supported in part by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Translation Center and Catalan Studies Program, and the Institut Ramon Llull, which promotes Catalan language study at universities abroad. Dr. Moneyhun is currently on sabbatical on the Spanish island of Menorca, working on new Catalan translations.

Gautam Basu Thakur

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Gautam Basu Thakur, Associate Professor and Director of the Critical Theory Program in the Department of English, co-edited “Cluster on Teaching Theory in Global Contexts.” The journal Pedagogy published the section and it also appears on Duke University Press’s list of Critical University Studies Syllabus.

Jeffrey Wilhelm

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Boise State Distinguished English Professor Jeffrey Wilhelm was awarded a grant of $60,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the special initiative A More Perfect Union to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities play in the nation while supporting projects that will help Americans commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. With support from teachers all across Idaho, Wilhelm will work to prepare the next generation of students to be able to contextualize documents and in-person interviews using what he and the Boise State Writing Project call the “EMPOWER Method.”

More information regarding Dr. Wilhelm’s project can be found at Boise State News.

Student Spotlight

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