The English faculty at WCU is the largest of any department in the entire PASSHE system. Our size and diversity are among our greatest assets, as we blend innovative, student-centered teaching with nationally recognized scholarly expertise in a remarkably varied range of specialties. Our strengths include Rhetoric & Writing; British, American, Multiethnic, & World Literatures; Creative Writing; Theory (Literary, Rhetorical, and Critical); Cultural Studies; and English Education. Members of our faculty also direct the WCU Poetry Center; edit the respected journal College Literature; and direct the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, the WCU Writing Center, and the West Chester Center for Book History. Many of our professors also teach courses in related programs such as Women's & Gender Studies and Youth Empowerment & Urban Studies.
The Faculty Bookshelf showcases the diverse array of books and journals published and edited by English Department faculty in recent years. As teachers, scholars, and writers, we author and edit works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; critical and theoretical studies of literature, culture, and rhetoric; textbooks, anthologies, scholarly journals, reference works, and edited collections; and books on the theory and practice of teaching English.
The English Department archive on WCU's Digital Commons showcases selected research and publications by English faculty. The Commons is an online repository of WCU's intellectual and creative work and is maintained by the WCU library. For information on how to submit your own research, please consult the library's Digital Commons Introductory Guide.
The English Department's SharePoint site is a login-only resource for faculty that includes the in-house department calendar, committee meeting minutes, faculty handbook, department contact list, and more. English faculty can also access archived documents relevant to department business by logging in to the department's D2L site. Both resources—Sharepoint and D2L—will remain active until we have finished migrating D2L content over to Sharepoint.
The Find Funding page on the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs' website offers English faculty a wealth of resources for locating funds to support research projects. Faculty can connect to a comprehensive subscription database of state, federal, international, and private-sector funding opportunites.
Emerita/Emeritus status at WCU is an honor conferred on retiring or recently retired faculty whose contributions to the university are considered to be exemplary. The English Department is proud to have such a high number of faculty honored with this prestigious designation.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) is the union that represents some 6,000 faculty and coaches across the PASSHE system. English Department faculty are active participants and leaders in APSCUF at both the local and state levels. The WCU chapter of APSCUF works on behalf of both faculty and students to ensure that WCU continues to provide a high-quality, reasonably-priced education and that its courses and programs are taught by first-class professors.