Texas Tech University

Note from the Chair

Greetings from the Department of English at Texas Tech University

Dr. Brian Still, Chair and Professor

These are exciting times for Texas Tech. Just this fall semester we enjoyed record enrollment, and because now Hispanic students make up more than 25% of that enrollment, we are all proud to say that the University has achieved designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Beyond this important achievement and other significant work underway at the university, English also is transforming itself and how it serves its students, the university, and the world at large.

Dr. Brian Still, Chair and Professor
Dr. Brian Still, Chair and Professor

Our always productive faculty are continuing to generate impactful scholarship. Some are Fulbright scholars. Others are grant recipients carrying out exciting projects, such as teaching writing to aid in healing or forming new collaborations with engineering, architecture, and the sciences. Still others are educational innovators creating overseas study programs in England and Spain to enrich the experiences of their students.

Our graduate students, participants in strong MA and PhD programs in English Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing, as well as in a separate degree in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, are also distinguishing themselves. They are winners of national literary awards, finalists for national book awards, contributors to groundbreaking research in cutting-edge usability, media, digital humanities, letterpress, and phonetics and phonology labs, editorial assistants in popular scholarly journals, and prolific scholars producing exciting new work in presentations and publications.

And then there are our undergraduate students, both our majors and minors, as well as the many thousands of others who take classes from us every day. We are transforming what we teach them to make what they learn more engaging, but just as challenging and educational as before. At the same time, we are trying to make English more of a home where students feel safe and encouraged, providing free coffee and snacks, as well as opportunities in the classroom, in internships, and in travels overseas, to be creative, to contribute, to explore and grow as thinkers and writers.

The purpose of this first alumni newsletter is to tell you a little bit about all of this, and frankly, just to say hello, since it's been a long time since we reached out. We want you to know what we're doing, and we'd like to know what you've been doing as well.

I hope you take the time to read through the newsletter. Please also send in updates about where you are and what you're doing. Think about joining us on a trip overseas, or at an event here on campus. Consider also giving if you have the means, whatever amount you can afford, to help support students through our excellence fund or a named scholarship.

Guns up!

Dr. Brian Still, Chair and Professor