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Department of Literature and Language  

About the Department

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.

Merritt Moseley

Returning students will find an unusual semester, as several familiar faces are missing.  Dr. Caulfield will be teaching only in the spring and our department's unparalleled fertility means that Professors Abrams Locklear, Wray, and Gurney are on family leave, as is Katherine Min. Some returning students will be assigned to different advisors, even if only temporarily. 

Over the past two years we worked to update our curriculum, and the changes have now been approved. 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. The major change under the revision approved by the Faculty Senate in spring of 2014 is a move to four-hour classes across the board.  This complicates scheduling a bit, but students will need to take fewer classes, both to qualify for full-time status and to complete their graduation requirements.  Obviously these changes could have an 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.

 Department Fall 2013

Other news about the department: 

Dr. Blake Hobby has resigned from the department in order to pursue other employment opportunities.  We appreciate the contributions he made during his ten years here.

Dr. Peter Caulfield won UNC Asheville's oldest and most distinguished award for excellence in teaching, at the the spring 2014 graduation.  Congratulations to Dr. Caulfield, 2014 Distinguished Teacher of the Year!

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 HouseDown 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.

Merritt Moseley,


Lang 120 class in the Mac Lab

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.

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