Letter from the Chair

Greetings. We welcome you to the Department of Literature and Language. Whether you are a student in Language 120, a major or minor in one of our tracks, or a student from another department exploring our offerings, we hope that you find your experience in this department challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable.


Returning students will find an unusual semester, as several familiar faces are missing. Dr. Caulfield will be teaching only in the spring and our department's unparalleled fertility means that Professors Abrams Locklear, Wray, and Gurney are on family leave, as is Katherine Min. Some returning students will be assigned to different advisors, even if only temporarily. 

Over the past two years we worked to update our curriculum, and the changes have now been approved. New requirements and courses went into effect in Fall 2012.  Students who declared a major in Literature and Language prior to Fall 2012 will still be under the old requirements, but you may find that you will need to complete those requirements by taking one of the new courses. The major change under the revision approved by the Faculty Senate in spring of 2014 is a move to four-hour classes across the board. This complicates scheduling a bit, but students will need to take fewer classes, both to qualify for full-time status and to complete their graduation requirements. Obviously these changes could have an impact on your schedule, so do take time to review our Overview of the New Curriculum and talk with your advisor about how you can best proceed.

Other news about the department:

Dr. Blake Hobby has resigned from the department in order to pursue other employment opportunities. We appreciate the contributions he made during his ten years here.

Dr. Peter Caulfield won UNC Asheville's oldest and most distinguished award for excellence in teaching, at the the spring 2014 graduation. Congratulations to Dr. Caulfield, 2014 Distinguished Teacher of the Year!

At the May faculty meeting Dr. Erica Abrams Locklear was named this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Teaching award in the Humanities. They join a long list of department members who have been recognized by their colleagues for scholarship, service, and—especially—teaching

We hope you’ll get in the habit of checking this website on a regular basis. We try to keep it updated with news about our current and former students and our faculty, as well as upcoming events.

The Department of Literature and Language is dedicated to offering dedicated students a rich, stimulating, and enlivening educational experience. I am committed to helping make sure students receive such an experience. If you need to discuss anything about your work in this department please come see me, as my door is almost always open and I welcome your visits in Karpen 239.

Best wishes to you.

Merritt Moseley,