Department of English



The English Department offers degree-concentrations in a variety of specialized areas of study: literature, creative writing, digital technology, and pedagogy. Read More.

The Department of English offers five minors: Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies, Diverse Literatures and Cultural Studies, English, Linguistics, and Technical and Professional Writing. Read More.

We offer an M.A. in English, an M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and Certificates in Applied Linguistics as well as Technical/Professional writing. Read More.

About Us

The English Department offers a variety of courses in creative writing, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, rhetoric, and technical communication. These courses foster students’ abilities to think critically, to read analytically, and to communicate effectively in oral and written form. Because these advanced literary skills are in high demand, our former students have found careers in fields such as teaching, technical/professional writing, editing, publishing, advertising, public relations, and nonprofits, as well as in business, financial services, and banking. Others have pursued advanced degrees in literature, law, medicine, teaching, and business administration.

recent news


Dr. Pilar Blitvich recently learned that she is ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited researchers and top 400 linguists. This ranking is compiled by Stanford University professor John P.A. Ioannidis, available through the Elsevier Data Repository. Researchers included in the database are categorized in 22 scientific disciplines and 174 sub-fields. This remarkable achievement points to […]


Congratulations are due to Sarah Willey (English M.A., 2023) on being awarded the 2024 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for the category of Social Sciences, Business, and Education. Her thesis, titled “Student Perceptions of Translanguaging in the College Classroom,” explored how UNC Charlotte students engaged with and learned from “translanguaged” or bilingual texts in a general […]


Congratulations to Prof. Paula Connolly who has been selected as one of three Bank of America Teaching Award finalists for the 56th Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence. This is the second time that Dr. Connolly has been nominated for this prestigious award. Her teaching is held in high regard by her students and colleagues. Connolly’s […]


One reviewer of Professor Lara Vetter’s new book H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), published by Reaktion Books, wrote the following: “Lara Vetter’s elegantly compact biography of modernist poet H.D. opens tantalizingly. What follows is a lively introduction to the remarkable life of a bold, brave, and visionary woman. Written for a broad audience, H.D. is the story […]


In July 2023, The Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict (JLAC) celebrated its 10th anniversary at the 18th International Pragmatics Conference. JLAC, published by John Benjamins (Amsterdam), was founded in 2012 and launched in 2013. English faculty member, Professor Pilar Blitvich, was a founding editor of JLAC and has served, along with Professor Maria Sifianou […]


Professor JuliAnna Ávila’s new edited volume Leaders in English Language Arts Education Research, published by Brill, contains autobiographical essays by leading English Language Arts scholars throughout the world. In this volume, English Language Arts is presented as a complex and porous discipline—intersecting with writing, literacy studies, multicultural/multilingual education, digital and multimodal literacies, critical and social […]

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Department of English
9201 University City Blvd.
Fretwell 275
Charlotte, NC 28223

Tel: 704‑687‑0011
Fax: 704‑687‑1401

Department Chair:
Paula Eckard []

Lara Vetter [], Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Chair
Monica Burke [], Administrative Support Associate 

Clayton Tarr [], Director of Undergraduate Studies
Gina Karp [], Academic Advisor
Monica Burke [], Administrative Support Associate 

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