Department of English

Courses in the Department of English seek to acquaint the student with historical and current developments in language and literature, to foster a sense of literary values, and to develop the student’s competence as a writer.

The English Department courses are numbered to indicate approximate level of difficulty and subject area. The department encourages most students to begin their work in the department in Level I courses. The type of writing and reading assignments that will be emphasized are indicated in the individual course descriptions. Students enrolling in Level III courses (those numbered 300 and above) must first have completed a “gateway” of three courses:

  • ENG-114
  • ENG-115
  • ENG-116
  • ENG-121 or ENG-122

Majors in English are encouraged to study abroad, and the department allows appropriate coursework from approved international programs to apply toward the major.

Name Title Phone Web
Baker Lawley Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Director of the Writing Center, and Firethorne Advisor 507-933-7402
Florence Amamoto Associate Professor and Sponberg Chair in Ethics 507-933-7399
So Young Park Associate Professor and Department Co-Chair 507-933-7398
Elizabeth Baer Research Professor 507-933-7324 web
Philip Bryant ’73 Professor 507-933-7393 web
Don Scheese Professor 507-933-6087
Joyce Sutphen Professor 507-933-6083 web
Rebecca Fremo Associate Professor and Interim Director of Writing Across the Curriculum 507-933-7392 web
Sean Cobb Assistant Professor 507-933-6085
Robert Kendrick Assistant Professor 507-933-6090
Sun Hee Lee Assistant Professor 507-933-7394
Eric Vrooman Assistant Professor
Matt Rasmussen ’98 Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-6052
Caitlin McHugh Visiting Instructor 507-933-7395
Jenny Tollefson Administrative Assistant 507-933-7391
Claude Brew Professor Emeritus web
Claus Buechmann Professor Emeritus web
Deborah Downs-Miers Professor Emeritus web
Gregory Mason Professor Emeritus web
Larry Owen Professor Emeritus
Rez Rezmerski Professor Emeritus web