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. Our size and our diversity allows us to offer students a unique experience to learn about language and literacy to prepare humans to be careful and compassionate thinkers and creative problem-solvers.


“Thinking in Community: How Can Reflection Bring Us Together, and Toward What Ends?”

Speaker: Kathleen Blake Yancey

Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor Florida State University

  • Date: Thurs. – March 12
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Skaggs Hall – Room 1301 – Micron Business and Economics Building

Light refreshments provided

People regularly engage with reflection to make a decision about an activity that has gone wrong, to record daily observations about a new job, or to consider how to participate in political processes.

In this presentation, we’ll focus on reflective moments in life, in the workplace, and in the civic sphere. We will consider how we might define reflection, how we might practice it, and how reflection itself can both clarify a community’s aims and foster its relationships.

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Lit for Lunch

“Exile, Refuge, Home”

Explore how narratives shape our understanding of diaspora, displacement, and discovery.

Book discussions are free and open to the public.

  • Date: Fri. – March 13
  • Time: 12:10 – 1:00 PM
  • Location: Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Bingham Room, 3rd Floor
  • Book: Langston Hughes, Not Without Laughter:

The only novel by this Harlem Renaissance poet, published in 1930, tells the coming of age story of the young boy Sandy and his family through his memories of their time in Kansas and Missouri and travels from the country to the city.

Books are available at Rediscovered Books on 8th street between Main and Idaho which gives a 10% discount and at the BSU Bookstore in the Student Union Building (208-426-1362), which gives a 25% discount. For more information, contact BSU English Professor Cheryl Hindrichs,

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Idea of Nature Series

Idaho First: How Archaeological Discoveries on the Lower Salmon River Change Our Perspective on the Peopling of the Americas

Speaker: Loren Davis

  • Date: Wed. –  March 18
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Boise State Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom

Professor of Anthropology, Oregon State University

FREE and open to the public | Reception following with appetizers | FREE parking
For information about free parking email ideaofnature@boisestate.edu

Students submit to the 2020 President’s Writing Awards!

All contest categories are open to writing produced for undergraduate coursework at Boise State University from Spring 2019 through Spring 2020.


Two prizes will be awarded in each category: first prize, $200; second prize, $100. Visit https://www.boisestate.edu/presidents-writing-awards/ to complete the submission form and upload the file with your submission.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020

Direct all inquiries to presidentswritingawards@boisestate.edu

Michal Temkin Martinez - Associate Professor, Director of Linguistics, Director of The Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab

Faculty Spotlight

Michal Temkin Martinez is interested in improving the experiences of undergraduate linguistics students locally and nationally. As Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation grant (with colleague Dr. Kazuko Hiramatsu), Temkin Martinez is co-facilitating a Faculty Learning Community to improve the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in linguistics. Locally, Temkin Martinez works closely with students outside the classroom, living on campus as a Faculty in Residence and supervising interns as director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab. Last year, Temkin Martinez received the David S. Taylor award — Boise State’s highest award for service to students.

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