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$1M State dept Grant Goes to English Profs

Dr. Cara Cilano, professor of English, will direct a three-year program aimed at expanding and strengthening the relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world. This award is the first UNCW has received from the State Department and, at $1 million, also qualifies as the largest State Dept. grant to a university within the UNC System to date. Details are here.

Teaching accolades

Dr. Cara Cilano has received the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award and the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, and Dr. Colleen Reilly has received The Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award. See details here.

events

Twice a year, students display their research during this showcase, which highlights the best in literature, travel writing, community outreach and more projects. Here are some samples from past EiA Showcases..

Showcase Video

Wondering what students think of it? Check out this student-made video.

 

Buckner Speakers

Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike are just two of the many speakers the English Department has helped bring to the campus. If you want to talk to the best minds in literature, the English Department is a great starting place. Check out who else we've brought to campus..

wentworth travel

Want to see England the way Jane Austen saw it? You can -- if you are awarded one of the dozen or so fellowships that Mr. Charles F.Green III provides. details are here.

application

Your first step to getting a Wentworth is to figure out what author or literary figure you'd like to follow. And then fill out the form on this page.

Apply Deadline: Oct. 20

Want to see where others have gone before? The complete list is here.

 

 

Wentworth

TBA

English in Action

Dec. 3

 

Welcome to the Department of English

Majoring in English at UNC Wilmington means more than reading books and writing papers. The best minds in the country meet the students on the common ground of learning through the Buckner Lectures, which has brought such notables as Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike and award-winning author Susan Cheever to campus.

Here, English majors are part of a community of learners, contributing original scholarship and also putting this knowledge into practice.

From one-on-one interaction with faculty to service learning opportunities built into the curriculum, the English Department values student contributions and supports them in experiences that prepare them for life after college.

Dedicated MentoringMark Mazzone (l), Jessica Ferrer and Alex Pompliano sample a tasting dinner as part of the ENG 305 Professional Review Writing class. -  Photo by Kathy Rugoff

English faculty get to know each of their students through small classes and one-on-one mentoring. Courses in English are typically no larger than 30 students -- and many are under 20 -- so professors have the time to meet with students individually to answers questions and guide their development. Majors also receive detailed advising, not only when preparing to register for courses each term, but also when they make decisions about what they plan to do after graduation. Also, being an English major doesn't mean saying goodbye at the end of four years; we keep in touch with our former students with an extensive and frequently updated area of our Web site called Alumni Update. If you're curious about where an English degree can lead you, click on Alumni Update and see the variety of careers our graduates have carved out for themselves.

(Left to right) Kathleen Bure and Ellen Watts at the regional business meeting during Sigma Tau Delta's annual convention in Savannah, Georgia. Members of Sigma Tau Delta have the opportunity to present papers and panels at the annual convention, which is held in a different location each year. Members may also receive travel assistance from SGA and Sigma Tau Delta.
(Left to right) Kathleen Bure and Ellen Watts at the
regional business meeting during Sigma Tau Delta's
annual convention in Savannah, Georgia. Members
of Sigma Tau Delta have the opportunity to present
papers and panels at the annual convention, which
is held in a different location each year. Members
may also receive travel assistance from SGA and
Sigma Tau Delta

Student Research

Faculty also guide students in developing their own research agendas. The Department awards Wentworth Travel Grants every year for students to pursue research abroad. Qualified undergraduates can also work with faculty to write an Honors Thesis, an individual research project based on the students own interests. Graduate students also have the option of completing a Masters Thesis as part of their degree, with the ultimate goal of producing original scholarship for publication.

Applied Learning

Being part of the English Department community also extends beyond Morton Hall. Students can apply their learning outside the classroom by working with real-world clients to put their education into practice. Our department prides itself on providing opportunities for students to become applied learners by incorporating service learning components throughout the curriculum, particularly Professional Writing courses and in the PW Internship. Each semester the department also highlights these service learning projects with the English in Action Showcase.

 

Faculty-written books - Photo by Rory Laverty
Christina Garcia, one of many authors to speak as part of our continuing programs. - Photo by Rory Laverty
Our English graduates go on to careers in medicine, art, newspapers and much, much more. - Photo by Rory Laverty

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