From the Chair:
Greetings. We welcome you to the Department of Literature and Language. Whether you are a student in Language 120, a major or minor in one of our tracks, or a student from another department exploring our offerings, we hope that you find your experience in this department challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable.
Dr. Lorena Russell, who has chaired the department for the past four years, has moved on to assume leadership of the university's Quality Enhancement Plan, and I am the new chair.
For two years we have been working to update our curriculum, and the changes have now been approved. The new requirements and courses went into effect in Fall 2012. Students who declared a major in Literature and Language prior to Fall 2012 will still be under the old requirements, but you may find that you will need to complete those requirements by taking one of the new courses. For example, we’ll be offering a new set of 4-hour genre courses in fiction, drama and poetry that will replace the old 3-hour LIT 354 or LIT 356 requirement. If you have not yet taken LIT 354 or LIT 356 by Fall 2012, you will fulfill the requirement by taking a new 4-hour genre class. Obviously these changes could have a big impact on your schedule, so do take time to review our Overview of the New Curriculum and talk with your advisor about how you can best proceed.
Other news about the department:
Dr. Cindy Ho has announced her retirement, which took effect at the end of December, 2012. She has been a wonderful long-serving member of this department and will be greatly missed. The department is currently involved in searches for two new faculty members.
At the May faculty meeting Dr. Cindy Ho was named one of the two 2012 Feldman Professors for Outstanding Scholarship and University Service, and Dr. Erica Abrams Locklear was named this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Teaching award in the Humanities. They join a long list of department members who have been recognized by their colleagues for scholarship, service, and—especially—teaching.
Two of our long-serving and much-loved lecturers, Eileen Crowe and Jim Driggers, retired in the spring. We will miss all their contributions both to the work of the department and to its joi de vivre. We welcome two new lecturers, Jessica Hutchman and Brian Graves, to our ranks.
We hope you’ll get in the habit of checking this website on a regular basis. We try to keep it updated with news about our current and former students and our faculty, as well as upcoming events.
We know already that this fall will see the first author visit in our new Goodman speaker series. The Goodman family of Asheville have endowed this series, which will permit us to bring outstanding writers of all sorts to the UNC Asheville campus. John Hart, author of Iron House, Down River, and The Last Child, will be with us on October 5, 2012. We regularly host exciting presentations by interesting writers; we hope you’ll take full advantage of these.
The Department of Literature and Language is dedicated to offering dedicated students a rich, stimulating, and enlivening educational experience. I am committed to helping make sure students receive such an experience. If you need to discuss anything about your work in this department please come see me, as my door is almost always open and I welcome your visits in Karpen 239.
Best wishes to you.
Want to know what you can do with a major in Literature and Language, how toapply for the Creative Writing program or prepare for the comprehensive exams?Thinking about graduate school? You've come to the right place! Information about and additional resources for the Department of Literature and Language are available here for the benefit of interested students and majors. For specific information not found here, consult the Department Assistant, Dawn McCann, in 223 Karpen Hall or call her at 828.251.6411.