Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Illinois Department of English Blog


Welcome to the Department of English blog.

My name is Vicki Mahaffey and I took over as
head of the department on July 1, 2016. I'll be using this site to post updates and information of interest to our faculty, students, and alumni,
along with reflections about our discipline(s) in particular and the humanities in general. As anyone who has ever worked or studied here knows, the Department of English is a vibrant place. If you have something you'd like to see posted here, or if you want to contact me about the content of this blog, drop me an email at

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Welcome, newsletter readers!

Late last week we mailed out this year's annual departmental newsletter--a 12 page, magazine-format newsletter containing alumni news items as well as stories and profiles highlighting some of the developments here over the past year. Thanks are due to Jim Frost and Bruce Erickson (past and present directors of Programs in Professional Writing), and to Bob Steltman and Claire Billing (from our advising office) for helping put this thing together, and also to the very talented undergraduate students who helped write and edit its various features: Justine Chan, Jeff Girten, Shannon Jilek, Timothy Lo, Mary Russell, and Ken Webb.

In the piece I wrote, I invited readers curious about what we do here to visit this blog. So, if you are an alum of our department visiting this page for the first time after seeing the link in the newsletter: welcome! And of course feel free to send me an email message if you have anything you want to say about either the newsletter or the webpage. I always love being reminded of the larger community that is connected to the department as part of its history and legacy.

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