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Department of English

The faculty, staff, and students welcome you to the USF English department. We offer broad study in literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with classes taught by our distinguished faculty. The links to the left will navigate you through this site.

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Department Highlights

Internship Information Session

The Department of English will host an Internship Information Session on Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 3:30-5:00 pm in CPR 122. Internship opportunities are now available to both undergraduate and graduate students, and consist of supervised work-and-learning experience under the direction of a University faculty member and an employee of a participating sponsor organization. Students earn 3 semester hours of academic credit and gain valuable experience by working 10-12 hours each week during the 15-week fall or spring term. Summer internships also are available.
You can learn more about our program by visiting the Internships site. Students can register for the October 23 session by contacting Dr. Michael Shuman, mshuman@usf.edu (Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology majors); Dr. Cynthia Patterson, cpatterson@usf.edu (Literature and Creative Writing majors); or Dr. Laura Runge, runge@usf.edu (Graduate students).

Tribune Features Santos's Rhetoric & Gaming Course

Marc Santos

Marc Santos

Prof. Marc Santos's fall course, ENC 3435 Rhetoric and Gaming, was featured in the Tampa Tribune article "USF curriculum stays ahead of the game" (Aug. 24, 2014). Tribune staff writer Jerome Stockfisch notes the gaming "explosion" that has occurred in the past decade. In response to this trend, Santos developed a course that pays games their due attention, "both as art objects and as vehicles for promoting personal growth and social action." Although the course quickly filled to capacity, the syllabus is available on Santos's website for inquiring minds.

John Lennon Researches Graffiti Art in Egypt

Sad Panda

Photo by John Lennon. Censored grafitti scene; Sad Panda remains.

John Lennon is currently researching a book project on conflict graffiti, which explores the routes and roots of graffiti in areas of war, natural disaster, and extreme poverty. As a 2014 New Researcher grant recipient, Lennon used the funds to travel to Egypt this past summer to interview graffiti and street artists who participated in the 2011 revolution. He spent time in Cairo, Luxor, and Alexandria and interviewed, among others, Ammar Abo Bakr, Ganzeer, Khadiga El Ghawas, Sad Panda (pictured), Alan Awaad, Mira Shihadeh, Hany Khaled, Aya Tarek, and Amr Nazeer.

PhD Student Heather Fox Wins Love of Learning Award

Heather Fox

Heather Fox, a doctoral student in literature entering her second year, was recently awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award. The honor society award provides financial assistance to graduate or professional student members who demonstrate superior academic achievements and work toward career and life goals. Fox was one of 147 recipients chosen out of more than 900 applicants. She was also recently awarded the USF English Department's Jack B. Moore Memorial Scholarship for her excellent scholarship in American literature. We congratulate Ms. Fox on these outstanding accomplishments!

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