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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

Monday, February 7, 2011

LAS Teaching Awards

If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will know that I often use this space to kvell about the excellence of our department's teaching. As I see it, we are a department committed to the idea that innovative research and superb teaching go hand in hand--that our best teachers are energized by active research agendas, that is, that engagement with smart students can be a spur to scholarship or creative activity. This, I believe, should be true for any department in a great public research university.

Anyway, this is all just preamble to announcing the latest installment of good news confirming the teaching chops of our faculty. This year, I am very pleased to say, we have had a winner in each of the three categories in which the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences gives out Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards. So, without further ado, I am pleased to share the following:

Catharine Gray has won an LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

John Rubins has won an LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Instructional Staff.

And Mary Unger has won an LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants.

Congratulations, all. And thanks, too, on behalf of our students!

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