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Welcome from the Department Head

From the Head,

Misty AndersonOn behalf of all of us, I want to thank you for your interest in the department. Whether you are one of our many alumni, a current student, a faculty member, or just curious about what we do, we want to engage with you. Our recent video for the College of Arts and Sciences welcome gives you a little taste of who we are right now, and we look forward to hearing your story as well. 

During this time of Covid-19, most of our 2020-21 speakers will be via Zoom, and we welcome visitors to these sessions. We have poetry readings, lectures, workshops, and more. You can find events on our departmental events calendar or see our larger public events on the UT calendar. Our scholarship, teaching, and service are taking exciting new forms, and starting in October, we will have a new feature that gives you a glimpse of what we’re doing in our classrooms, which blend virtual and in-person instruction during this time. 

Dr. Henry teaching in the ampitheaterWe have a transformative new Diversity Plan, growing collaborations with K-12 education, and plans for much more. We’ll also be engaging our alumni in some new ways this year, knowing that they are often the best mentors for our current students. Please make sure we know how to reach you by signing up here.

If you want to have more of a window on our work here, you can see the archive of my weekly messages to the department here. You can read our newsletter here, or sign up to receive the English major newsletter, the weekly Friday email from the Head, or general alumni mailings. We’ll also have regular features on the website to showcase our faculty, students, and speakers, as well as content on Twitter, Instagram, and our Facebook page. 

It’s an extraordinary year, and we invite you to take advantage of all the virtual ways of engaging with us over book groups, speakers, and special lectures. Every day proves the urgent need for imagination and joy, the power of storytelling, and the transformative power of empathy. English as a discipline has what students and the world are asking for. We’re honored to be part of an intellectually rich, life-giving tradition, and we look forward to being in touch.


Misty G. Anderson