Message from the Chair

photo of Dr. Seretha Williams

Dr. Seretha Williams

  • Chair and Professor

"The mission of the Department of English and World Languages is to help students develop the oral and written communication skills, the analytical and interpretive abilities, and the cultural awareness and competency employers expect in the workplace and communities need in their citizenry. EWL has a long tradition of excellent teaching, nationally-recognized scholarship and creative activity, and community outreach.

 

Faculty in the Department of English and World Languages provide students with an education of the highest quality. Our instructors have received recognitions for innovative and effective teaching and have published research on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). They have accompanied students on Study Abroad trips, provided opportunities to learn 3D printing and podcasting, and mentored student research projects for the Honors Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research. Teaching undergraduate students is our priority.

 

The Department of English and World Languages contributes to the wider community of scholarship in the disciplines of literary and critical studies; creative and professional writing; gender, ethnic, and cultural studies; linguistics; writing center pedagogy; language acquisition; digital rhetoric; and translation and interpretation studies. Faculty publish and present their research and creative activity and maintain regional, national, and international reputations in their disciplines. Students in EWL courses learn from content experts and discipline leaders.


The Department of English and World Languages also seeks to serve the larger university and greater Augusta community through public event programming and collaborative projects with area schools. Faculty coordinate the annual African American Read-In, the Sand Hills Writers Series, and the Young Writers Contest; edit the Sand Hills Literary Journal; collaborate with local language teachers through FLAIR; and volunteer with a variety of groups committed to social justice and equity issues.


In the Department of English and World Languages, students find their voice, their passion, their future. I invite you to join our community of learners and thought leaders."

Faculty & Staff

Rick Davis, Associate Professor Emeritus of English

Walter Evans, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English

Elizabeth Fanning, PhD, Professor Emerita of English

James W. Garvey, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English

Elizabeth B. House, PhD, Professor Emerita of English and Dean Emerita, Pamplin College of Arts & Sciences

Lillie B. Johnson, PhD, Professor Emerita of English

Anthony Kellman, Professor Emeritus of English & Creative Writing

Mary C. McCormack, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita of English and Associate Chair Emerita

Lester O. Pollard, PhD, Assistant Professor Emeritus of English

Norman Prinsky, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of English

James Duncan Robertson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of French

Jana Sandarg, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Spanish

John R. Dick Stracke, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English

Margaret J. Yonce Ward, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English

Terence Fred Wharton, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English