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

Congratulations to Sarah Beth Hopton!

Sarah Beth just found out that her 2018 article in Technical Communication--"All Vietnamese Men Are Brothers: Rhetorical Strategie...

Congratulations to Jill Ehnenn!

Jill's invited essay, "Sexuality" has just been published in the newly released Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry, which may b...

Congratulations to Jessie, Bret, Belinda, Sarah, and Bethany!

Jessie, Bret, Belinda, Sarah, and Bethany have just been accepted to present at the 2019 Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference in ...

Alumni & Student News

Congratulations to Tori Capehart and Eva Lambert!

The graduate students in Dr. Winn's technical writing course participated in the Climate Stories Collaborative Showcase last Friday at the HOW Space a...

Congratulations to Matthias Kramer!

If you see Matthias Kramer in the halls of Sanford Hall, please congratulate him. Matthias has recently accepted an offer to attend the Univ...

Congratulations to Raven Thigpen

Please congratulate Raven when you see her. She has been accepted in the MA program in Cinema Studies at NYU!...

General News

Congratulations to Sarah Beth Hopton!

Sarah Beth has signed a contract with a producer to create a docu-series based on her book, Woman at the Devil's Door. They are currently negotia...

Congratulations to Jill Ehnenn!

Her article “From ‘We Other Victorians’ to ‘Pussy Grabs Back’: Thinking Gender, Thinking Sex, and Feminist Methodological Futures in Vi...

Congratulations to Kathryn Kirkpatrick! She's just signed a contract for her collection, The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems, with Salmon Press

Congratulations to Kathryn Kirkpatrick, who's signed a contract for her collection, The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems, with Salmon Press ...

Germán Campos-Munoz and Heather Custer in the Watauga Democrat!

Please follow this link to read about our local stars, Heather and Germán, and the teaching awards they were given earlier this year.&...

Article on Caleb Johnson, new Visiting Assistant Professor, and his novel _Treebourne_

Appalachian Today has a wonderful article about Caleb and his novel, Treebourne. Check it out!https://today.appstate.edu/2018/08/16/treeborne...

Dr. Sarah-Beth Hopton's co-written article, “What’s a Farm: The languages of space and place” has been published in Field Rhetoric: Ethnography, Ecology, and Engagement in the Places of Persuasion out of U Alabama Press.

Sarah-Beth Hopton's co-written article, “What’s a Farm: The languages of space and place” has been published in  Field Rhetoric: ...