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. “Friendship, Knowledge, and the Liberal Arts”: A Faculty Feature from Curtis Gruenler

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    This post is an appetizer for Dr. Gruenler’s upcoming public talk in the Fried Hemenway Audito...

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  2. Dreaming in Comics: Alumni Interview with RJ Casey ’09

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    Happy New Year, and to all at Hope, welcome back for a new semester. This week we’re delighted...

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  3. A Christmas Treasury from the English Faculty

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    December can be dark and dreary in Michigan and other northern places, a season of cold and clouds a...

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  4. “A Gesture, A Face, A Life”: A Faculty Feature from Natalie Dykstra

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    I am terrible with good-byes.  When I used to spend the summer on my uncle’s Iowa farm, feeding c...

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  5. “How I Got My Start in Publishing”: An Alumni Feature by Melanie Burkhardt ’18

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    During a recent job interview at Baker Publishing Group in Ada, Michigan, the interviewer asked how ...

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  6. Who Was A. J. Muste?

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    Professor of English Kathleen Verduin shares her insights on a Hope icon, prior to the dedication of...

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