News & Announcements

 Welcome our new faculty members!


Department Chair: Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller is a specialist in Renaissance Literature who has worked on John Milton's Paradise Lost and women writers of the 16th and 17th century.  A California native, she attended UC Santa Barbara for graduate school, and taught at Albion College and Temple University before joining the SJSU Department of English and Comparative Literature.  Currently, she is working on a project entitled "On the Margins of History," which examines 17th century collections of documents, most with extensive marginal commentary.  


Writing Programs Administrator: Richard McNabb

Richard McNabb received a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. His primary research interests include the history of rhetoric, in particular epistolary theory in the Middle Ages, and, more recently, the rhetoric of graphic design. At his previous institution, he directed the First-Year Writing program and served as the chair of the WAC Advisory Board.  


Director, Writing Across the Curriculum: Tom Moriarty

Tom Moriarty joins the department this year as a professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC).  Before coming to San Jose State, Moriarty worked for twelve years at Salisbury University in Maryland, where he directed the Writing Across the Curriculum program for nine years and also served as department chair.  In addition to WAC, his research interests include political rhetoric and designing undergraduate majors and minors in writing and rhetoric.  When not bringing the wonders of rhetoric to the world, he enjoys hiking, playing golf, and banging on the drums.


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Student Job Opportunities! Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 Tutoring Positions. Click here for more information!   


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Check out the latest edition of Synonym by clicking the button on the left-hand side! 


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Download course greensheets (syllabi) here.


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