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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 vmahaffe@illinois.edu.


Monday, March 14, 2011

More good news about teaching excellence in English

A little over a month ago, dear reader, you will recall that I used this forum to kvell about about Catharine Gray, John Rubins, and Mary Unger, all of whom had just been awarded LAS teaching awards.

Well, now I'm happy to redouble the fanfare: all three of them have also been awarded campus-level teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate education!

With so much good news on the teaching front to report, a blogger like me needs some new adjectives and exclamations to liven things up. Otherwise we might start suffering from congratulations fatigue syndrome. So here's a little something I recently learned to say by listening to my pre-teen son and his classmates: "that's beast!"

Or, for the older set: well done, people, and congratulations!

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Meanwhile, there is a nice story in the most recent LAS News about the Center for Writing Studies (a center with close ties to Writing Studies in English) that readers of this blog may also find interesting.

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