Department of English Language and Literature

MAC Higher Education Leadership and Advocacy Summit

Statement of Solidarity and Commitment

Tony McDade. Breonna Taylor. Manuel Ellis. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Rayshard Brooks. 
These are the most recent lives we have lost at the hands of law enforcement and state-sanctioned violence in the United States, largely motivated by anti-Black racism and backed up by white supremacy. These murders occur at a time of overwhelming loss, when the pandemic has already caused tremendous suffering, particularly to people of color.

The Department of English at the University of Toledo stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests throughout the country and world that call for racial justice and an end to police violence and brutality. We are proud of those of you ..... read the complete statement here 

Remote Work:  For the foreseeable future, the Department of English Language and Literature will be operating in a remote work mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  All emails will be replied to during normal office hours Monday through Friday.  Calls to (419) 530-2318 will go to voice mail.  Please leave a message.  Your call will be addressed within one business day.  Faculty members can be contacted via email.  Please click on the Faculty link below.  Thank you for your understanding and patience. 

The English Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs and courses in literature, creative writing, and linguistics, and houses the Composition Program. The department awards a number of scholarships to our students, including the Shapiro Senior Scholarship.  English majors are also eligible for humanities scholarships.

Annually the English Department holds the Shapiro Writing Contest. Students taking writing classes at any level are encouraged to compete.

English department faculty are widely published in literary criticism, rhetoric and composition studies, linguistics, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

The Aureole Press is housed in  the department’s typography lab,

Our undergraduate and graduate students have gone on to graduate programs in English Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Education, English as a Second Language, Library Science, Law, and many other fields, and to careers in teaching, journalism, publishing, bookselling, university administration, librarianship, marketing, and innumerable other areas in which reading and writing are essential. Recent graduates of our MA and BA programs have built on the coursework and mentoring they have received from the department to be successful within and outside academia.

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Retired University of Toledo professor, Claudia Jane Bradley, 64, passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2020 from natural causes.

Jane Bradley Jane is survived by her daughter, Susan Falco; her brother, Ben Biggs; her sister, Toni Walker; and the many friends, extended family members, and former students who loved her. She graduated with honors from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and went on to receive an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, before embarking on a teaching career at Syracuse University, Virginia Tech, and finally at the University of Toledo, where she was a beloved teacher of creative writing in the English Department for over thirty years. She received the University of Toledo Outstanding Research Award in 2012.  Of Jane's several books, her short story collection Power Lines was a New York Times Notable Book, and her novel, You Believers, landed on a dozen Best Book of the Year lists.

 The family asks that donations be made in Jane’s name to the CUE Center for Missing Persons.

Last Updated: 10/22/20