Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor



  • Allred, Randal (1993) B.A. 1981, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1983, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1993 University of California at Los Angeles.
  • Han, Hsiao Ming (Sherman) (1980) B.A. 1973, Tamkang University; M.A. 1974, Central Missouri State University; Ph.D. 1980, Brigham Young University.
  • Hancock, Stephen (2003) B.A. 1996, Arizona State University; M.A. 1999, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2003, Purdue University.


Associate Professors

  • Christiansen, AnnaMarie (2003) B.A. 1992, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 1996, University of Hawaii; D.A. 2003, Idaho State University.
  • Peterson, Keith S. (1987) B.A. 1985, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1987, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1995, Texas Christian University.
  • Plicka, Joseph (2012) B.A. 2002, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2006, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2011, Ohio University.
  • Patrick, Patricia (2007) B.A. 1983, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2007, University of North  Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Phung, Ban (2008) B.S. 1998, Arizona State University; M.A. 1999, Arizona University; Ph.D. 2006, Arizona State University.


Assistant Professor

  • Lesuma, Caryn (2018) B.A. 2006, Stanford University; M.A. 2013, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2018, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.


Special Instructors

  • Bleazard, Jillian, English (2016) B.A. 2007, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.A. 2015, Utah State University.
  • Bradshaw, Emily, English (2007) B.A. 1999, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2002, Indiana University.
  • Patrick, Scott, English (2012) B.A. 1988, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1991, Brigham Young University.
  • Plicka, Emily, English (2012) B.A. 2002, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2014, Ohio University.
  • Robertson, Stephanie, English (2009) B.A. 2006, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
  • Sharp, Carolyn, English (2013) B.A. 2005, California State University Dominguez Hills; M.A. 2008, California State Polytechnic University.
  • Timothy, Kandi, English


Emeritus Faculty

  • Baker, Margaret P. (1981-2002)
  • Elkington, Barbara Jo (1963-2001)
  • Goodwill, Sanoma (1994-2017)
  • Marler, Michael G. (1978-2012)
  • Marler, Myrna D. (1995-2012)
  • Richardson, Timothy (2001-2018)
  • Walker, James R. (1978-2004)
  • Ward, Gale L. (1975-2008)
  • Ward, Kathleen (1984-2006)
  • Williams, Ned B.(1981-2018)


Programs Descriptions

The English major provides a detailed knowledge of the English language and of literature written in English. English majors approach language and literature as a source of knowledge and aesthetic pleasure, a mode of encountering and evaluating diverse minds and attitudes, a vehicle for art and action, a means of historical understanding, and a source of spiritual insight. English majors use writing as their primary means of knowing, understanding, and evaluating their experience and their reading and of sharing their insight with others. In keeping with the long-standing ideals of a liberal arts education, the English Department aims to cultivate in its students those foundational skills in writing, awareness, and judgment upon which lives of wisdom, service, and an ever-increasing love for learning might be built.


Career Opportunities

English majors are prepared for any career that requires perceptive reading, orderly and clear thinking, intellectual maturity, and effective writing. Many career opportunities for English majors exist in teaching, professional writing and editing, law, business, advertising, communications, human resources, corporate training, or government service. English majors can certify to teach secondary-school English, or they can prepare for graduate study in English and college teaching. When combined with prerequisite courses in other departments, the English major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in law, business, library science, medicine, humanities, or religion. By selecting areas of concentration, some English majors prepare for careers in technical and professional communication, editing, creative writing, and related fields. By supplementing their English major with computer classes, some find work in information technology. The skills and knowledge acquired by an English major also provide good preparation for government service, especially when combined with the study of foreign languages, economics, political science, and history.

Programs Outcomes

Upon completing a major in English, students will:

  1. Comprehend and reflect upon the value and richness of literary texts for the expansion of the intellect, for the testing of new knowledge, and for affirming the values of literature as literature.
  2. Learn about and engage in informed discourse and debate about selected works of literature, criticism, and theory.
  3. Find, analyze, evaluate, and assimilate new information related to the field of English studies.
  4. Compose, revise, critique, and refine persuasive critical papers in edited English.
  5. Work effectively with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
  6. Express themselves in a clear, concise, and convincing manner in public and professional settings.
  7. Understand, organize, integrate, and document successfully data from primary and secondary sources.
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