Department of English

The English Department at CWRU promotes intellectual curiosity, analytical inquiry, and creative thinking about the rich variety of fields in our discipline. Building on the passion our students bring, the Department’s faculty encourages the formation of new knowledge through careful examination of both real and imagined worlds.

Our seminars and research explore the craft of poetry, Shakespearean drama, science fiction, the techniques of horror films, the rhetoric of medicine, and the dynamics of novels, plays, short stories and creative non-fiction. Evidence suggests that students wishing to work in one of the fields in our discipline — literature, creative writing, film, journalism, and rhetoric — need not sacrifice passion for practicality.

In addition to serving as a stand-alone major, English complements majors in other disciplines and serves as excellent preparation for law school, medical school, and business school. There is no better place to learn the art of communication, a skill that informs nearly every profession from teaching literature to computer programming. Our smaller class sizes allow individual attention from professors who have published acclaimed books and won awards including the Fulbright, the Guggenheim, and the Pulitzer Prize.

These faculty members were honored at the Writing Program Awards Ceremony on April 27:

Georgia Cowart (Music), winner of the Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing

Hee-Seung Kang (English), winner of the SAGES Excellence in Writing instruction Award

Eric Chilton (English) and Jessica Birch (English), winners of the WRC Excellence in Consulting Award

Graduation 2016
Graduation 2016

Commencement, May 2016

Date posted: May 16th, 2016

From left to right: Catherine Forsa, Eric Earnhardt, Kurt Koenigsberger, Cara Byrne, Kristin Kondrlik, Kate Allen, and Thrity Umrigar. Congratulations, graduates! …Read more.

Writing Program Awards Ceremony
Writing Program Awards Ceremony

Writing Instruction and Essay Awards Announced

Date posted: May 6th, 2016

From left to right: Peter Whiting, Director SAGES; Christopher Flint, Chair of English Department;  Hee-Seung Kang, Director of SAGES ESL Program; Eric Chilton, Lecturer, English; Georgia Cowart, Professor of Music; Dean Cyrus Taylor. …Read more.

Guilford with Tulips  less
Guilford with Tulips  less

Department of English: March 2016

Date posted: April 1st, 2016

in this issue

Interview with Jeff Morgan /Faculty Notes/Past Faculty: Lemuel Potwin/ Alumni News/England’s Impact on a Major/ Schedule of Events
March 2016

Interview with Jeff Morgan (American Comic Poetry)
CWRU: Why does comic poetry make people uncomfortable? …Read more.

Lucas photo
Lucas photo

Dave Lucas was awarded a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship

Date posted: December 14th, 2015

Dave Lucas is one of forty Cuyahoga County artists who will each receive $15,000 in 2016 through the Creative Workforce Fellowship. Awards are made in the disciplines of craft, dance, design, literature, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts. …Read more.

pardee hall
pardee hall

Department of English: December 2015

Date posted: December 11th, 2015

in this issue
WRC and Bellflower Hall /Faculty Notes/EGSA Mentoring/ Alumni News/Letter from the Chair/ Beachy-Quick Reading

The Writing Resource Center and Bellflower Hall
by Kurt Koenigsberger
About the Writing Resource Center

Pardee Hall, in its earlier years. …Read more.

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