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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Jesus Montaño
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Dr. Ernest Cole
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Dr. Marla Lunderberg
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Prof. Curtis Gruenler
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Dr. William Pannapacker

Recent blog posts

  1. English Department Faculty Make Global Connections

    Posted by Curtis Gruenler

    Students in some Hope College English courses have the opportunity to study at other colleges aro...

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  2. Vienna Summer School Back in Session

    Posted by Michelle VanDenend

    After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, Hope College’s Vienna Summer School is back in sessio...

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  3. 2022 Academy of American Poets Prize

    Posted by Michelle VanDenend

    About the Prize The Hope College Academy of American Poets (AAP) Prize award is funded by th...

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  4. English Department Awards Reception

    Posted by Michelle VanDenend

    Faculty and students gathered for a reception on Thursday, April 21 to honor and celebrate this y...

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  5. Opus Soup

    Posted by Michelle VanDenend

    Hello! My name is Adriana Barker, and I am one of the co-editors of Opus Literary & Arts Maga...

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  6. Fall 2022 Course Listings

    Posted by Michelle VanDenend

    For a complete list of upcoming classes or to see course details, including dates, times and prof...

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