Welcome

Welcome to the English Department at Appalachian State University!

In the English Department at Appalachian State, our work begins with incisive analysis of British, American, and World literature, but we also offer a broad array of courses that focus on film, creative writing, English education, professional writing, rhetoric and composition, critical theory, folklore, and other aspects of English studies. Our faculty publish scholarly books and articles on subjects ranging from Renaissance drama to contemporary cinema and edit academic journals. Our strongest commitment, however, is to outstanding work in the classroom, based on enthusiastic interaction with students and dynamic engagement with cultural history.

Our talented, highly motivated English majors and master's degree candidates work hard to sharpen their ability to think critically about works of literature and to understand how those works influenced and were influenced by the cultural contexts in which they were produced. They also develop interpretive skills that will help them to thrive in any career they choose after graduation. More specifically, our students learn to analyze complicated texts, to speak about them with confidence, and to write detailed, persuasive essays that support their conclusions about the works they have studied with carefully chosen, logically arranged evidence. These skills are, of course, necessary for students who aspire to teach or to earn graduate degrees in English, but they are equally valuable for students who choose to pursue careers in business, medicine, entertainment, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, journalism, government, and the law.

Our Statement on Diversity

Education is transformative, and open intellectual inquiry is the foundation of a university education and a democratic society. In the spirit of shared humanity and concern for our community and world, the Department of English faculty celebrate diversity as central to our mission and affirm our solidarity with those individuals and groups most at risk. In line with our departmental goals, we disavow all racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, and hate speech or actions that attempt to silence, threaten, and degrade others.

As educators, we affirm that language and texts, films and stories help us to understand the experiences of others whose lives are different from ours. We value critical reasoning, evidence-based arguments, self-reflection, and the imagination. Building on these capacities, we hope to inspire empathy, social and environmental justice, and an ethical framework for our actions. We advocate for a diverse campus, community, and nation inclusive of racial minorities, women, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of all religious faiths.

Faculty News

Tammy Wahpeconiah invited to contribute a chapter to War in American Literature and Culture for Cambridge UP's series, Cambridge Themes in American Literature and Culture.  

Congratulations to Tammy Wahpeconiah!  Tammy has just been invited to contribute a chapter to War in American Literature and Culture for Cambridg...

Aaron Balance wins the Linda Flowers Award.

  Aaron Ballance Linda Flowers Award Story.pdfCheck out the cool story in the Winston-Salem Journal about Aaron Balance winning the Linda Flowers...

Congratulations to Craig Fischer on his talk last Thursday at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum on cartoons and McCarthyism! 

Congratulations to Craig Fischer on his talk last Thursday at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum on cartoons and McCarthyism!  Tom McGowan r...

Alumni & Student News

Congratulations and thanks to Jessie Blackburn and Bret Zawilski for the outstanding program they put together for the Rhetoric and Composition Institute!

Congratulations and thanks to Jessie Blackburn and Bret Zawilski for the outstanding program they put together for the Rhetoric and Composition Instit...

English Alum R.T. Smith the recipient of the 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award

The recipient of the 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award is Rod (R. T.) Smith. Smith graduated from Appalachian State Univ...

English alumnus Dr. Alan Brown named ACE Fellow at Wake Forest University

http://phi.wfu.edu/programs/academic-community-engagement/ace-fellows/...

General News

Congratulations to Craig Fischer on his talk last Thursday at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum on cartoons and McCarthyism! 

Congratulations to Craig Fischer on his talk last Thursday at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum on cartoons and McCarthyism!  Tom McGowan r...

Congratulations and thanks to Jessie Blackburn and Bret Zawilski for the outstanding program they put together for the Rhetoric and Composition Institute!

Congratulations and thanks to Jessie Blackburn and Bret Zawilski for the outstanding program they put together for the Rhetoric and Composition Instit...

English Faculty and Staff named "Most Helpful" by freshmen taking the 2016-2017 Mapworks Survey

Congratulations and a very big thank you to all of the English Department faculty who were named "Most Helpful Faculty and Staff" by freshmen taking t...

Kyle Stevens interviews Cecil Baldwin, of Welcome to Night Vale - on Slate

Check out Kyle Stevens's interview with Cecil Baldwin, which appeared in Slate.http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/08/30/welcome_to_night_vale_s_c...