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The Expository Writing Program (EWP) is proud to announce the the Endorsement in Critical Praxis. This endorsement is a professional development opportunity to be part of a teaching community committed to the development of antiracist, anti-colonial, and equity-oriented pedagogy and praxis. To begin working toward the Endorsement in Critical Praxis, email Nolie Ramsey at or Candice Rai at The... Read more
The Expository Writing Program is pleased to invite proposals for the 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Collaboration Grant (up to $500) that promote antiracist, anti-colonial, and equity-orientated writing praxis and learning environments and that contribute to our teaching community, encourage collaboration, and nurture professional growth. This grant is a fantastic opportunity to frame and make visible the valuable work you and your colleagues are doing and the chance for further... Read more
Call for proposals for Teacher Talk events Teacher Talk is a conversation and workshop series for teachers that seeks to build community, dialogue, and support for innovative and equity-oriented teaching praxis and inclusive learning environments. We invite proposals for events in 2020-2021. Teacher Talk hosts interactive events that run 60-90 minutes, including guided discussions, panels, break-out sessions, roundtables, workshops, and resource sharing. Workshop facilitator stipends up to $150... Read more
In honor of her award winning book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, and her many contributions to study abroad, Professor Anu Taranath has been named one of Global Shakers "40 Leaders in Sustainable Travel"! Here's the full list, as well as Anu's... Read more
Shawn Wong was recently interviewed in... Read more
Anu Taranath photo
The Department of English is proud to announce the next episode in its "Literature, Language, Culture" Dialogue Series. Episode 4 features Professor Anu Taranath on the topic of shame, hope, and her book, Beyond Guilt Trips when teaching and practicing antiracism both in and outside of the classroom.  Read more
Photo of Juan Guerra
Professor Juan Guerra is retiring.  Below his close colleague, English Department chair Anis Bawarshi, pays tribute to the ephemeral specialness and to the concrete certainty of a remarkable legacy left in Language, Literacy, Rhetoric and Composition.  English Matters advises you to take a moment for this warm homage to a great contributor to our campus community and beyond.  Thank you Anis, and congratulations Juan! Writing this retirement tribute to my dear friend and colleague,... Read more
Anis Bawarshi
In my note from the chair last Fall (another lifetime ago it seems), I recounted the collective self-assessment and future planning that we had undertaken as a department the year before.  At the time, I noted how it will be up to us to create the future we hope to have.  It is tempting now, amid a global pandemic that has disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, to confirm the futility of planning for a future that ultimately is always unpredictable.  But more than ever it is clear to me... Read more
Douglas Ishii
The English Department welcomes to our ranks three new faculty colleagues this Fall.  Catherine Cole, Divisional Dean of The Arts, Professor of Dance, and specialist in African dance and arts, has moved half of her faculty line into English.  We are also fortunate to welcome two new faculty hires: Douglas S. Ishii, a scholar of Asian American Literature and Culture, and Josephine Walwema... Read more