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 ENG-102 or ENG-201 and one survey course from the following: 

  • ENG-116 or ENG-117
  • 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
Florence Amamoto Associate Professor and Sponberg Chair in Ethics 507-933-7399
Baker Lawley Associate Professor, Co-Chair, and Advisor/Editor for Firethorne and Razor Literary Magazine 507-933-7402
Sun Hee Lee Associate Professor and Co-Chair 507-213-7960
Eric Vrooman Director of the Writing Center and Continuing Assistant Professor 507-933-7395
Elizabeth Baer Research Professor web
Philip Bryant ’73 Professor 507-933-7393 web
Rebecca Fremo Professor 507-933-7392 web
Joyce Sutphen Professor 507-933-6083 web
Sean Cobb Associate Professor
So Young Park Associate Professor 507-933-7398
Robert Kendrick Assistant Professor 507-933-6090
Matt Rasmussen ’98 Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-6052
Vera Foley
Asa Olson
Nissa Parmar
Jenny Tollefson Administrative Assistant 507-933-7391
Deborah Downs-Miers Professor Emerita web
Claude Brew Professor Emeritus web
Claus Buechmann Professor Emeritus web
Gregory Mason Professor Emeritus web
Larry Owen Professor Emeritus