Department of Literature and Language

Dr. Katherine Weiss and Dr. Judy Slagle 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. 

Department Resources

The Clarion--Course Descriptions for Winter and Spring 2015 Sessions

ENGL 1010 Writing Assignment Guidelines

ETSU Undergraduate Catalogs and Graduate Catalogs

Department Policies

Departmental Student Attendance Policy

Departmental Plagiarism Policy

Foreign Language Placement Policy

Welcome to our website!

Sherrod Library ETSU at JCU Abroad Sigma Tau Delta: English Honorary
Delta Phi Alpha: German Honorary Pi Delta Phi: French Honorary Sigma Delta Pi: Spanish Honorary

Please review scholarship information for the upcoming academic school year by clicking on this hyperlink!

Last November, our colleague Jesse Graves presented work at Cornell University as a featured reader of the Barbara and David Zalaznick Reading Series; he was the first to be awarded the Philip H. Freund Prize, an award for creative accomplishments by Cornell alumni. You can find a video of his reading here.

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:

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!

Mockingbird 2014 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.

If you wish to declare an English major, please contact Professor Martha Michieka ( ); if you are already an English major, you can find your adviser on this list.