About the Department

About the Department Welcome Message from the Chair...

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Welcome to the Department of English and World Languages, and thank you for visiting our website, where  you can discover who we are, what we teach, and how to spot us around campus. We hope you’ll find reason to stop by—or stop us walking by—to say hello and get to know us better.

Studying literature and languages at the University of West Florida is demanding. Our faculty and students are the kind who ask much of themselves. Working here with us is a two-way street of the mind: as teachers, we pose questions and seek answers; in return, we ask the same from our students, undergraduate and graduate alike.

Studying with us is also multiplicitously rewarding. Together we read— to understand, to enjoy, to be awed and broadened—and we speak, we write, to clarify, to capture ideas, to share with others the new insights we have stumbled upon, inherited, earned. The department is a hub of loud, embracing energy that generates student awareness of language and culture that is crucial for success in the professional world, and we also publish two literary journals: Troubadour, the student magazine of poetry, fiction and graphic art, and Panhandler, distributed and recognized nationally as an important showcase for fresh creative voices.

Our faculty all hold advanced degrees—from the Universities of Oxford, Washington, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern California, Florida State, Syracuse, Duke, Samford, Rutgers, Yale and West Florida. We regularly contribute to the international conversation of scholars and critics, publishing translations, editions, articles, monographs and book-length studies on, among other topics, William Blake, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Hemingway, James Joyce, literary theory, film, television, gender and sexuality, even bullfighting. We have been named Fellows of the National Humanities Center, the Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation, at Harvard University. One of us is President-Elect of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. We have several times received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The work of our faculty encompasses both critical and creative pursuits.  The poets and fiction-writers in our Creative Writing specialty have won many prizes and awards, including significant recognition by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also, in conjunction with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, we sponsor a series of readings—Writers in the Gallery—that brings important authors from around the country onto campus twice each year to share their craft and talk with students. In October 2007, Terry Jones, scholar of medieval literature, film-writer, actor, director and founding member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus made his second visit from London to lecture, give workshops and spend time with students.

Successes of our students and alumni are what give us most pleasure, however. Our graduates have been accepted into a wide variety of master’s and doctoral programs in leading universities around the country and overseas.  They have found both our bachelor’s and our MA degree an open door to teaching, publishing, journalism, advertising, library science, public relations, politics, the pulpit, film-making, and the law. We count as “one of ours” two novelists and several emerging poets.

So please—consider this website a beginning of our relationship with you. As Chair, let me extend greetings from every member of the department—students and faculty alike—and invite you to get to know us better. Drop by Building 50 with a question—or just come to say hello. I—we—look forward to meeting you face-to-face.

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