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.
Literature for Lunch
Reading literature is an experience we undertake alone that simultaneously makes us members of a community. This season, we examine how individuals form communities as well as the ways belonging and isolation influence knowledge, emotions, and well-being.
Dr. Tim Thornes, Professor of Linguistics, served as co-editor of a special volume published by the International Journal of American Linguistics entitled “Uto-Aztecan Narratives.” The volume is part of the “Texts in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas” series, an annual complement to the quarterly journal. It features oral narrative samples, fully annotated, from ten languages of the Uto-Aztecan family. A separate volume, also co-edited by Thornes, was published last year entitled “Northern Paiute Texts Across Varieties.”
Department of English Lecturer Heidi Naylor’s profile of plant ecologist and Native author Robin Wall Kimmerer appeared this month in the journal “Literary Mama.” Kimmerer presented a guest lecture at Boise State as part of the Idea of Nature series in April 2020.
Dr. Sherena Huntsman published an article titled “Addressing Workplace Accessibility Practices Through Technical Communication Research Methods: One Size Does Not Fit All.” The piece defines the importance of value-driven accessibility over policy-driven accessibility and appears in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication