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. Olivia Rines has been appointed to the position of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Harford Community College, in Bel Air, Maryland. Dr. Rines completed her B.A. (2012) and M.A. (2015, Concentration in Applied Linguistics) degrees in the English Department before completing a Ph.D. (2021) at Arizona State University. Prior to this most […]


Professor Meghan Barnes’ new book Teaching for Equity, Justice, and Antiracism with Digital Literacy Practices: Knowledge, Tools, and Strategies for the ELA Classroom, co-edited with Rick Marlatt (New Mexico State University), has just been published by Routledge. This volume demonstrates how English Language Arts (ELA) teachers can use digital tools “in the service of antiracist […]


Professor JuliAnna Ávila’s has just published a new book titled Fine Horses and Fair-Minded Riders: Modern Vaquero Horsemanship (Purdue University Press). This book documents what she has learned from contemporary practitioners of Vaquero horsemanship to explore a range of topics. These topics include self-directed learning journeys, the flexibility of apprentice and expert positions, the influence […]


Professor Mark West’s book Liminal Spaces in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Stories from the In Between was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield. The edited collection brings together fifteen original essays from various scholars that explore the role of liminal spaces in children’s and young adult literature. One contributor is Professor Paula T. Connolly, […]


Brittany Olson (B.A. 2021, with Honors) recently learned that she has been named the 2024 GoodLit Poetry Fellow. CharlotteLit announced that the fellowship “provides an emerging poet with a full year of opportunities that broaden their knowledge of craft, expand their platform within the city, further their experience with workshop facilitation, assist them in navigating […]


Dr. Pilar Blitvich, an expert in pragmatics and (im)politeness research, has just published Pragmatics, (Im)politeness, and Intergroup Communication: A Multilayered Discursive Analysis of Cancel Culture with Cambridge University Press. This book adopts in-depth, qualitative discursive analysis to explore the processes involved in creating Cancel Culture, both online and offline. Blitvich describes these processes as “degradation […]

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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:
Kirk Melnikoff []

Associate Chair:
Bryn Chancellor []

Monica Burke [ ],
Business Services Coordinator

Meghan Barnes [], Director of Graduate Studies,


Clayton Tarr [], Director of Undergraduate Studies
Gina Karp [], Academic Advisor

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