English Matters

English Matters Newsletter Fall 2018

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ENGLISH MATTERS QU EEN S COLLEGE • DE PARTMENT OF ENGLI SH • FALL 2018 Welcome to the latest issue of the Queens College English De- partment Newsletter. Our regular readers might be surprised to see a new face—mine— representing the English Department in the Chair's regular column. Glenn Burger, our esteemed Chair for the past seven years, has fortunately not gone far. He has agreed to be Acting Dean of Graduate Studies for the 2018–19 academic year, which is a new position created by Queens College to oversee our MA programs. If you've followed our story during Glenn's time as Chair, you'll know that he's impressively transformed our department. Under his leadership, we hired twelve new full-time faculty members, overhauled our major requirements and revised more than half our electives, instituted an intellectually stimulating faculty seminar, launched an annual MA conference, and reorganized our front office with a strong and helpful staff. Visitors to our department regularly note the collegial and vibrant culture in our department, and in no small part it's thanks to Glenn that English has become a model of a functional and productive department at Queens College. I have no doubt that he will similarly transform Graduate Studies. In the meantime, I have large shoes to fill as Acting Chair. Fortunately, I will have help. Kim Smith, in her role as Program Manager, continues to run our front office and do much of the behind-the-scenes work that supports our department, and her organizational and leadership skills are invaluable. John Rice, who provides the office with an often-needed dose of humor, will be at his regular desk, and I'm looking forward to meeting and working with Jamie Arizmendy, who was hired as an office assistant while I was on sabbatical last year. I am also so grateful that Professor Andrea Walkden agreed to be Acting Associate Chair for another year, a position I held for three years, and which Professor Walkden held last year as well. Professors Sian Silyn Roberts, Bill Orchard, Caroline Hong, Amy Wan, Chris Williams, Annmarie Drury, Jason Tougaw, and Nicole Cooley will also continue in their various supportive administrative roles. An English Department is nothing without talented and dedicated teachers. And this year we were lucky to be able to hire four new full-time faculty members with impressive credentials. Briallen Hopper joins us from Yale, where she was a Lecturer in English. Professor Hopper From the Desk of the Acting Chair Karen Weingarten continued on page 2

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