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The Department of English has a long history of excellence, an excellence made possible in no small part because of the generosity of many donors. We are, in part, a department of teachers, and we seek to make the undergraduate and graduate experiences of our students exciting, challenging, and rewarding. The department offers various grants to support graduate student research and presents annual awards for excellence in graduate scholarship and teaching. The department also awards undergraduate scholarships to superior and deserving students. A series of campus lectures sponsored by the department brings distinguished scholars and creative writers in a variety of fields to challenge and broaden the perspectives of our students.

The Department of English appreciates the continued generosity of its many supporters. This generosity plays a large part in the department’s ability to provide these lectures, grants, and scholarships. Interested parties may contribute to the department’s general English Enrichment Fund or to the John C. Hodges Better English Endowment.

English Enrichment Fund

The English Enrichment Fund is for unrestricted gifts. This fund is used where the need is greatest. In the past, it has been used to support faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, and graduate education. This fund enables the department to plan for long-term goals and to quickly respond to issues of immediate concern.

If you are interested in contributing to the English Enrichment Fund, please make your check payable to the University of Tennessee Department of English. Please indicate that the check is for the English Enrichment Fund, or for unrestricted use by the department, and mail it to the following address:

Department of English
301 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996-0430

You also can make an electronic contribution to the English Enrichment Fund by visiting Give to UT Knoxville. Be sure to select “UTK English Enrichment Fund.”

John C. Hodges Better English Endowment

John C. HodgesThe John C. Hodges Better English Endowment was established by a generous bequest from Professor John C. Hodges, a scholar of 18th-Century British Literature, the former head of the department, and the author of the Hodges Harbrace Handbook. The endowment generates revenues that fund expenditures overseen by the Hodges Trustees—the Full and Emeritus Professors of the Department of English. The Hodges Fund supports many initiatives including graduate student fellowships, research assistantships, summer research grants, faculty professional development, library acquisition, lectures and conferences, and community outreach.

If you are interested in contributing to the department’s endowment, please make your check payable to the University of Tennessee Department of English. Please indicate that the check is for the Hodges Better English Endowment and mail it to the following address:

Department of English
301 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996-0430

You also can make an electronic contribution to the Hodges Better English Endowment by visiting www.volsconnect.com/support. Under Designations, select “Other Fund” and enter “Hodges Better English Endowment.”

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