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.

Latest News

Peaches Hash and the Fulbright TEA Program

Peaches Hash and the Fulbright TEA ProgramFor almost two months, the Fulbright TEA (Teachers Excellence and Achievement Program) brought dozens of tea...

The 2019 Rhetoric and Composition Institute

Every year, the English Department hosts the Rhetoric and Composition Institute (RCI). This year’s RCI, held on October 24th and 25th, was on the th...

Meet Dr. Frank Hurley

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Contributing to The Many Lives of the Evil Dead

Drs. Leon Lewis and Alexander Pitofsky recently contributed to a book titled The Many Lives of the Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise (McFar...

Our Faculty Shine at the CAS Awards

Drs. Jill Ehnenn, Craig Fischer, and our nominated faculty bring recognition to our English Department at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Facul...

Meet Caleb Johnson, Novelist and Visiting Professor

Coming off from the success of his first novel, Treeborne, Visiting Professor Caleb Johnson is thrilled to continue maturing his craft through teachin...

ENG 4530: Rhetorics of Resistance

Registration for spring 2020 is right around the corner, and with numerous courses being offered, the choice of which ones to take can be difficult. M...

Meet Dr. Bethany Mannon, Visiting Professor

A few weeks ago, Dr. Bethany Mannon sat down with me to talk about her experience at Appalachian State as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Mannon began...

Meeting People Wherever They Are: Considering Craft and Pedagogy with Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker is an accomplished novelist and current resident of the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing here a...

Craig Fischer Interviews Chris Ware and Eddie Campbell

Dr. Craig Fischer attended the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland on September 14-15. SPX is a comics convention which centers on promoting ...