The Department of Literature and Language faculty, August 2011: Front row (left to right): Cao, Bray, Keller, Sawyer, Slagle, Thompson, Dufort, Holland, Lloyd, Barber; second row: Waage, Buck, Kim, Hall, Weiss, Grover, Cajka, Haley, Nelson, Mwinyelle; third row: Tezuka-Arnold, Pierce, Cody, Graves, Holmes, Lichtenwalner, Kornweibel, Negrisanu, Heil; fourth row: Crofts, Elhindi, McManus, Bolton, Westover, Overaa, G'Fellers, Barker, Harrington; back row: Johnson, O'Donnell, Baumgartner, Crooke, Fehskens, McGarry, Michieka, Whaley, and French. Not pictured: Briggs and Honaker.
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.
|It is with mixed feelings that the Department of Literature and Language announces that Deanna Bryant, our long-time executive aide, will be transferring to ETSU's Honors College as the Office Coordinator for its new dean, Dr. Judy Slagle. Deanna joined our department soon after her graduation from ETSU with a dual major in biology and math, and, more recently, she has earned a master's degree in counseling with a higher education concentration. Deanna's skills in coordination, her knowledge of the various (and changing) ETSU systems, and, most importantly, her personal interests in the well-being of our department have benefited countless students and faculty members, sometimes in ways they did not immediately recognize. We in the department know that as Dr. Slagle takes her new position as Dean of the Honors College that her being able to rely on Deanna will make that transition work all the better. We will miss Deanna, but we congratulate her on this new opportunity and have every confidence that our community will continue to benefit from Deanna's talents, commitment, and care.|
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. Katherine 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.