English Department News, Spring 2021: Major Administrative Changes in the Department

Posted On July 18, 2021
Categories News & Events

 After six years of leading the English Department, Lynée Gaillet is stepping down as chair. As of July 1, Audrey Goodman, who has been serving as the associate chair, will be the new chairperson. Our new associate chair is Elizabeth Lopez, and her replacement as the director of Lower-Division Studies and the Writing Studio is Michael Harker. Chris Kocela is handing the directorship of Graduate Studies to Tanya Caldwell, and Gina Caison is the new director of the Northumbria Undergraduate Exchange Program. College of Arts & Sciences Dean Sara Rosen summed up Gaillet’s tenure as chair as follows: “Dr. Gaillet has guided the Department of English through a period of continued excellence and innovation. Under her leadership, the department has played a leading role in the implementation of student success initiatives, including the College to Career QEP, First-Year Book Program, Panther Excellence Program, Student Success Academy, Freshman Learning Communities, and others. She oversaw the department’s efforts to update to the curricula in several concentrations, redesign graduate requirements and exams, add 4+1 dual degree programs, and create robust online courses. She put extensive energy into mentoring in her department, with successful results for both faculty and students. She has also led by example, coauthoring several publications with her students—something that is not very common in her field. Throughout her time as chair, Dr. Gaillet has been a strong advocate for the department, helping to secure external resources to support scholarship on teaching and learning, to give just one example.”

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