The Department of English remains dedicated to supporting the campus population. We are actively practicing social distancing, which means we remain open for business but we are limiting the number of students, faculty and staff on campus. At this time, we are currently working to provide assistance virtually or by phone. Please contact our office at: or 828-262-3098 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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.

On September 8, 2020 the English Department approved the following resolution, proposed by the Anti Racism Working Group.

Latest News

Dr. Clarice Moran: Trailblazer, Educator, Mentor

Dr. Clarice Moran has joined our Department as an Assistant Professor of English Education and her love for the mountains, virtual environments in the...

Approved Resolution from the Anti Racism Working Group

On September 8, 2020 the English Department approved the following resolution, proposed by the Anti Racism Working Group.A PDF of the resolution is av...

Olivia Martin, whose piece was one of those featured on I00 Days in Appalachia, has a new role with them.

From digital editor, Ashton Marra: "Olivia actually applied for and was accepted into a new program we’re launching this fall called the Appala...

Truman Capote Literary Trust Creative Writing Scholarship 2020-21 Winners Announced

Junior Jay Phillips was named the winner of the Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Creative Writing for Poetry, and Victoria Goff was named r...

Three students from the Department of English were chosen for publication by an online journal and news website, 100 Days in Appalachia.

Three students from the Department of English were chosen for publication by an online journal and news website, 100 Days in Appalachia...

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New Visiting Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Savannah Paige Murray

We are pleased to announce that Savannah Paige Murray will be joining our department in the fall as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Wri...

David Hodgin Award Winners

Announcing the Winners of the David Hodgin Award

We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural David Hodgin English Award, which this year called for works that addressed the impact the Cov...

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New Visiting Assistant Professor in World Literature: Anna Muenchrath

We are pleased to announce our new hire in World Literature, Dr. Anna Muenchrath.           Dr. Anna...

Brandon Moore

Congratulations to Brandon Moore, RCOE Student Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Brandon Moore, BS in English Education 2020, for being named the RCOE Student Teacher of the Year. Out of 120 nominated studen...

Emory Maiden

Remembering Emory Maiden

On April 13, 2020, the English Department lost an esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Emory V. Maiden, Jr. Emory began his career at App State in 1973,...