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English Faculty + Staff

It's our people who make the difference

The English Department is one of the largest departments on campus, with about 40 current faculty/staff and many active retired faculty/emeriti. The depth of faculty expertise, passion, and engagement sets English apart from other areas of campus.

With prolific writers, researchers, and scholars in everything from creative writing to rhetoric to English education to linguistics to critical studies in literatures, cultures, and film (and many time periods and geographical areas of coverage), students who major or minor in any emphasis of English will find incredible instruction and academic support at every possible turn. When you add the bonus of some of the most musically gifted faculty on campus, outside of the Music and Theatre Arts Department, it’s an irresistible lot. 

The department's strength is definitely within its faculty. All of my professors have been super insightful on issues both within English studies directly and beyond: critical race theory; issues of feminism, sexual orientation, and gender; the human psyche. All of these issues were discussed thoroughly throughout my time here at Eau Claire. And I feel I have made lasting relationships with several faculty members; they're not just there to instruct, but to help you grow as well.

2015 senior survey
David Shih receives the MLK Social Justice Leadership Award on Feb. 5 from last year's recipient, Dr. Rose MArie Avin

Opening eyes and minds

Shih, who was honored Feb. 5 during UW-Eau Claire's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, was recognized for his leadership in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion on campus and in the greater Chippewa Valley.

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Expert advice

To expose her students to more diverse perspectives in the field, English education professor Christina Berchini organized a panel of six area teachers to come in and speak with the class.

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Dr. Tess Onwueme

Black writer of note

An international anthology of critical studies of the creative works of Dr. Tess Onwueme, University Professor of Global Letters in English at UW-Eau Claire, is set to be released in May by Africa World Press.

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Winterim 2020 Jamaica Immersion

More Than a Vacation

During the 2019-2020 Winterim at UW-Eau Claire, students were offered an opportunity to participate in an immersion trip to Jamaica led by Dr. Cathy Rex and Dr. Joel Pace.

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Jamie Vue, BJ Hollars and David Shih.
UW-Eau Claire Excellence Awards recipients, fall 2018

A Department Committed to Excellence

For the past several years the English department has had faculty and staff members recognized for excellence at the university's academic year opening meeting.

English faculty awarded

Meet the outstanding members of the English department:

UW-Eau Claire - Barron County:

Alea, Mary Ellen
Browne, T.A.
Bushnell, Jack
Clark, Wilma
Dale, Helen
Duyfhuizen, Bernard "Duffy"
Fessler, Audrey
Garland, Max
Haakenson, Bergine
Hale-Wilson, Kate
Hanson, Charles
Harder, Harry
Harder, Sarah
Hildebrand, John
Hilger, Michael
Hirsch, Tim
Hochstein, Gloria
Jackson, Alan
Jones, Eleanor
Kelly, Erna
Lauber, Peg
Loeb, Karen
Martin, Larry
Maxwell, Rhoda
Meiser, Mary
Onwueme, Tess
Pearson, Douglas
Preston, Elizabeth
Rubrecht, August
Schneider, Ralph
Shaddock, Jenny
Taylor, Bruce
Utschig, Anne
Waters, Douglas
Welch, Karen
Wood, Marty

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