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

Congratulations to Rosemary Horowitz! Rosemary's essay "Wiesel's Political Vision in Dawn, The testament, and Hostage" is forthcoming in The Novels of Elie Wiesel, a collection to be printed by SUNY Press.

Congratulations to Rosemary Horowitz!  Rosemary's essay "Wiesel's Political Vision in Dawn, The testament, and Hostage" is forthcoming in The Nov...

Congratulations to Alison Gulley! Her article "Knockin' on Heaven's Door: Sexual Renunciation, Eschatology, and Liminality in Ælfric's Lives of the Virgin Spouses," has just been published in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology

Congratulations to Alison Gulley!  Her article "Knockin' on Heaven's Door: Sexual Renunciation, Eschatology, and Liminality in Ælfric's Lives of...

Joseph Bathanti been awarded the McFarlane Family Distinguished Professorship of Interdisciplinary Education in Watauga Residential College!

Congratulations to Joseph Bathanti who has just been awarded the McFarlane Family Distinguished Professorship of Interdisciplinary Education in Wataug...

Alumni & Student News

Secondary Ed major Lacy Martin has been chosen to deliver the commencement address to her fellow students at the 2018 Spring graduation!

Secondary Ed major Lacy Martin has been chosen to deliver the commencement address to her fellow students at the 2018 Spring graduation...

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year!

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year!Josiah Boone: The Ella Hobbs Scholarship for E...

Evyan Gainey is the recipient of the Graduate Student Outstanding Thesis Award 2018 in the Arts and Humanities category

Evyan Gainey is recipient of the Graduate Student Outstanding Thesis Award 2018 in the Arts and Humanities category, for his fabulous M.A. thesis, "Cr...

General News

Congratulations to Jim Burniston for his Staff Shout Out!

James Burniston in your office has received a Staff Shout Out! What is a Shout Out, you ask?The Staff Recognition Committee, a committee of Staff...

Susan Staub wins the Appalachian State University College Excellence in Teaching Award!

A huge congratulations to Susan Staub!   Susan has just won the Appalachian State University College Excellence in Teaching Award.  Thi...

Evyan Gainey is the recipient of the Graduate Student Outstanding Thesis Award 2018 in the Arts and Humanities category

Evyan Gainey is recipient of the Graduate Student Outstanding Thesis Award 2018 in the Arts and Humanities category, for his fabulous M.A. thesis, "Cr...

Andrew Canino has two doctoral program acceptances!

Andrew has not one, but two doctoral program acceptances to consider. Mr. Canino has been accepted into the University of Central Florida's docto...

WAC Consultant and recent MA graduate Amanda Finn accepted an offer from NC State to join their doctoral program in Public History with a minor in Digital Humanities

A big congratulations to WAC Consultant and recent MA graduate Amanda Finn!  Amanda has just accepted an offer from NC State to join their doctor...

Amy Greer earns a Staff Shout Out!

Congratulations to Amy Greer for a Staff Shout Out!It was noted in the Shout Out that : Amy is an unfailingly positive influence in our department. Sh...