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Denis Johnson reading to an audience

MFA Reading Series, Denis Johnson

With more than 50 full-time faculty representing five fields, we are the largest academic department on campus. Our size and our diversity allows us to offer students a unique experience to learn about, get involved with, and explore career choices in their areas of interest. We are proud to foster a supportive learning and teaching community inclusive of both students and faculty. [read more]

Check out the above video by Boise State English alumni Stacy Ennis for information about why an English major has been such an important part of Stacy’s career.

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Joy Williams to be the Visiting Distinguished Writer for Spring 2017 at Boise State

Joy Williams to be the Visiting Distinguished Writer for Spring 2017 at Boise State

Joy Williams to be the Visiting Distinguished Writer for Spring 2017 at Boise State

M.F.A. Program Director Mitch Wieland writes: “Thrilled to announce the incredible Joy Williams will be our Visiting Distinguished Writer for the spring semester at Boise State. Joy will teach the MFA fiction workshop. I first read TAKING CARE while living in Tokyo in the eighties—an astonishing, life-changing letter from home. Our previous semester-long visiting writers were Denis Johnson and Anthony Doerr. I do believe we are on a roll.”

Yes, yes we are.

Click here to read a wonderful piece in The New York Times about Joy Williams.

Megan Gehrke

Megan Gehrke, MATC student, poses with the latest issue of STC’s Intercom magazine.

Megan Gehrke, M.A. in Technical Communication Student, Publishes Article in Intercom
Megan Gehrke’s column, entitled “The ‘Cover Up’ of Common Knowledge,” was published in the latest edition of STC’s Intercom magazine. The piece is a case study and reflective analysis of the ethics of citation practices and plagiarism in the technical communication workplace.

As Gehrke writes, plagiarism is “not a one-time mistake, but rather a consistent lack of regard for ethical documentation practices.” Unfortunately, as she has discovered, plagiarism in the workplace is not uncommon. As she points out, it goes well beyond “the ivory tower and academia,” and it’s a concern that has far-reaching consequences, “costing companies and technical communicators business, customer faith, and professional reputation.”

Gehrke wrote an earlier version of the case for Dr. Russell Willerton’s ENGL 514 Ethics in Technical Communication class in Spring 2016.

Dr. Kelly Myers wins the Golden Apple AwardDr. Kelly Myers, Recipient of Golden Apple for Teaching 
Dr. Kelly Myers (center) was awarded the Golden Apple Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Boise State University, the Golden Apple is a way for students to thank teachers who encouraged them and instilled a passion for learning.

Jacky O'ConnorDr. Jacky O’Connor, Recipient of COAS Award
Dr. Jacky O’Connor received the 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award for overall excellence in research, teaching, and service.

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