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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

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

COVID Response


The Hemingway Literary Center’s Literature for Lunch Book Discussion Series is Virtual for this Fall 2021! Please join us!

August 6, 12:30 pm: Iris Murdoch, The Sandcastle.

To join our Hemingway Literary Center email list for information and zoom links on upcoming events, email:

Thank you to the Idaho Humanities Council for making this discussion possible.

Student Spotlight

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Congratulations, Graduating English Department Graduate Students

Go Broncos!

Buck Adams in Rhetoric and Composition

Nichelle Pomeroy in Rhetoric and Composition

Gretchen Acaylar in  Literature

George Evans in Literature

Aaron Trimmell in Literature

Emily Thorsen in Literature

Will Palmer in Literature

Michelle Miller in Technical Communication

Karina Tam in Technical Communication

David Brandt in Technical Communication

Faculty Spotlight

Headshot of Dr. Steve Olsen-Smith

Professor Steven Olsen-Smith and English alumni Cheyene Austin and Denise Holbrook have published “Almost Unknown to the General Reader: Biographical and Conceptual Contexts of Melville’s Marginalia in Thomas Warton’s The History of English Poetry” in the forthcoming collection Marginal Notes: Social Reading and the Literal Margins, edited by Patrick Spedding and Paul Tankard (Palgrave, 2021). Their chapter can be previewed among the collection’s contents at Palgrave Macmillan.

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