|Please join the Department of Literature and Language in its offering congratulations to Dr. Katherine Weiss, our new department chair. Dr. Weiss has had a great deal of administrative experience since she joined the ETSU faculty in 2006; in our department, she has served as assistant chair for undergraduate students and assistant chair for graduate students, and she has served on significant committees at the college and university level as well. Dr. Weiss follows Dr. Judy Slagle in this position. Dr. Slagle has accepted the assignment of serving as interim dean of ETSU's Honors College after serving as our department chair for fourteen years. Dr. Slagle will continue to teach classes for our department on top of her new duties. Congratulations to both Dr. Weiss and Dr. Slagle--we look forward to your continued success!|
Department of Literature and Language Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Literature & Language at East Tennessee State University is to unite a group of faculty members with a diversity of interests in English and languages but with a common dedication to teaching, scholarship, and service. We serve our students through our commitment to a diverse curriculum and our support of the University's general education core and B.A. foreign language requirement.
As the Department of Literature and Language announces the departure of its executive aide, Chelsey Morrell, it expresses its gratitude for the two years she has devoted to us. During Chelsey’s term in our department’s main office, she helped us all to weather a number of difficulties, especially as she garnered increasing responsibilities due to the health problems experienced by members of our staff and faculty. Her talents certainly helped to ease our department’s transition when our long-time executive aide, Deanna Bryant, became manager for ETSU’s Honors College. Chelsey proved quick to learn and ready to adapt, qualities that proved important as we grew in our reliance on her skills and resourcefulness. We appreciate her service to our department and wish her good fortune in her future endeavors. Thank you, Chelsey!
Recently, ETSU Poet in Residence Don Johnson made a presentation as the 2014 Bingham Reader at Milton Academy. You can see his poetry reading here.
The Department of Literature and Language announces its London Theater Course for overseas travel in summer 2015--you can find details here.
The Department of Literature and Language has determined its scholarships and awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. You can find details here.
Dr. Robert Sawyer of our department and Dr. Kirk Melnikoff of the University of North Carolina have been jointly awarded the the twenty-fourth Calvin & Rose G. Hoffman Prize for a distinguished publication on Christopher Marlowe. To learn more about this award, visit The Marlowe Society website.
Dr. Josh Reid's essay, "Softening the Brows of Dread Renown: Rossetti's Revision of Dantean Portraiture," an exploration of the artisitc construction of Dante in portraiture, has won the 2013 Charles Hall Grandgent Award, given to the best essay submitted by a graduate student from a university in the United States or Canada. You can get more information here: http://www.dantesociety.org/prizes.html.
Our department's administration has made some changes for the upcoming academic year. Dr. Martha Michieka now serves as our department's assistant chair for undergraduate studies. Dr. Daniel Westover Weiss is now our assistant chair for graduate studies. Dr. Katrina Heil now serves as our assistant chair of foreign language studies. Best wishes to all for your new appointments!
The 2014 edition of The Mockingbird, ETSU's student literary/arts magazine, has been released from its publisher and is available around the ETSU campus, but you can read it in its entirety here.