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Our motto—“Start here, go anywhere”— captures the unique value of an undergraduate or graduate English degree awarded by Arizona State University, one that can serve you in any art form, any discipline, and any profession. In fact, the degree can take you anywhere you wish to travel. The Department of English faculty is internationally renowned for innovative research and teaching and explores pan-world expression of the English language and its literatures, which span the global yet connect directly to the local. The skills of critical thinking, reading comprehension, and analytic expression cultivated in the degree are transferrable into any endeavor. In particular, such skills provide the foundation for creative problem-solving and cultivate individual and collective expression. The department takes as its purview not just historical positioned work, whether linguistic or textual, but includes all forms of expression and all modes of new media, whether analogical or digital. We emphasize writing—academic, creative, personal, public, and workplace—that explores difference reflectively and functionally. Our goal is to educate citizens who can think, read, write, and act in robust and significant ways to meet new challenges.
Professor Aaron Baker, whose scholarship focuses on representations of social identity in American cinema and who was the former head of ASU's film and media studies program, has been named interim chair of the Department of English at ASU for academic year 2016-2017.
Baker assumed the role recently vacated by professor Mark Lussier, who had been chair since 2013. Doris Warriner, an associate professor of English who has previously directed English's writing, rhetorics and literacies program, will fill the associate chair position formerly held by professor Karen Adams.
"I am very much looking forward to working with the leadership team in the Department of English over the next year," said George Justice, humanities dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "Aaron Baker brings years of experience with film and media studies, and Doris Warriner has great ideas and demonstrated competence. This is interim leadership that will made a strong and positive difference for ASU, and I am grateful to both Aaron and Doris for stepping up to the challenge."
"My responsibility this year," said Baker, "will be to effectively manage the large and productive English department on the ASU Tempe campus so all its many parts are functioning as well as possible when the new chair arrives in 2017."