Hope’s Department of English cultivates vision, insight and imagination.

We do this through individual and collaborative practices of writing and reading that bridge boundaries within the global community.

We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.

English students at Hope dive deep into literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.

Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.

The department is dedicated to offering its students plenty of opportunities to supplement their learning and engage in it. From on-campus activities and guest speakers to volunteer opportunities, highly sought-after workshops and student-faculty collaboration, English students at Hope actively involve themselves in gaining practical experience and making unforgettable memories. Every student’s experience in the program is distinctive, tailored to his or her interests and passions. We work together and support each other.

Meet Some of our faculty And staff

We love our faculty and staff, and think you will, too. Get to know some of our English professors and hear them share about favorite authors, their favorite things about Hope and more.

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Kathleen Verduin
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Dr. Beth Trembley
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Jesus Montaño
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Dr. Kendra Parker
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Dana VanderLugt
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Dr. Ernest Cole
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Dr. Marla Lunderberg
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David James
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Prof. Curtis Gruenler
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Dr. William Pannapacker

 

Recent blog posts

  1. Alumna Feature – Kasidee Karsten (’13): “There’s No Right or Wrong Way.”

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    Kasidee Karsten ’13 took her English degree into the social media realm, working for the pa...

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  2. Kaijsa Johnson’s “A Look Back for Looking Ahead”

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    Editor’s Note: Students in English 480: Introduction to Literary Theory began the semester by w...

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  3. Alumnae Feature: Shanley Smith (’19) on Community Building in Romania

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Recent grad Shanley Smith (2019) spoke with the English Department about her post-Hope path, whic...

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  4. Spring 2021 Course Preview

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    Online Registration for next semester starts the week of October 26, and we’ve rounded up t...

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  5. Alumni Spotlight: Emily Henry (’12) “Everything Sustainable Takes Time”

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Emily Henry (2012) has published six books, and her most recent novel, Beach Read, spent over 12 ...

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  6. Get To Know Your English Professors: Round 2!

    Posted by Alison Lechner

    Here is the second round of #GetToKnowYourProfs! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about...

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