English and Modern Languages
Here’s how students get to know us and we get to know them:
- First-Year Composition Classes
- Foreign Language Classes and Activities
- Creative Writing, Literature, and Other Upper-Division Classes
- Affiliated Programs (Appalachian Studies, Journalism, Gender and Women’s Studies)
We could not be happier to announce that our very own Dr. Heidi Hanrahan, Professor of English, was named the 2018 West Virginia Professor of the Year at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Culture Center in Charleston on Tuesday, April 9th! Dr. Hanrahan’s teaching, as well as her service to the campus and the community, were emphasized in her nomination. The award is bestowed on a selected professor every year by the state’s Faculty Merit Foundation. We are so proud of you, Heidi!
On Tuesday, April 2nd, the honor society for international scholars, Phi Beta Delta (ΦΒΔ)—specifically Shepherd University’s Theta Epsilon chapter—held its annual induction ceremony. One of our own, Dr. Rachel Krantz, was inducted, as was our Dean, Mr. Dow Benedict. Dr. Denis Berenschot, Associate Professor of Spanish, is the president of Phi Beta Delta and welcomed the inductees into the organization. Congratulations, Rachel and Dow! Well deserved recognition, indeed!
Congratulations to John-Paul Bronzi, winner of this year’s Catherine Fix Essay Contest, awarded annually to the best essay written for English 101 or 102. John-Paul’s essay, “Queen of the Freak Bikes,” composed for Prof. Sadie Shorr-Parks’ ENGL102 class, is vividly written, compelling, and timely. It uses different kinds of sources (interviews, etc.) to make an academic argument that is also about the “real world.” It incorporates images seamlessly and intelligently into the prose. It teaches readers about a world/culture that they probably know nothing about and makes them want to know more. Congratulations, John-Paul!