We would like to introduce you to…

Once again, the Department has hired excellent new faculty members:

From left: Dr. Scott Crossley, Dr. Shalyn Claggett, Mr. Steve Chrestman

Dr. Shalyn Claggett comes to us from Vanderbilt University, where she earned her PhD in English, with major fields in Romantic and Victorian literature and a minor in nineteenth-century science. These interests manifest themselves in the subject of her dissertation, “The Science of Character in Victorian Literature and Culture,” a project she will soon submit for publication. In addition to working on her book, Dr. Claggett has already developed a following among our majors and graduate students, who have enjoyed her dynamic teaching of Advanced Composition and Victorian Poets and Prose Writers.

Last year, Dr. Scott Crossley taught linguistics at MSU as a visiting instructor; this year, having completed his PhD at the University of Memphis, Dr. Crossley has moved to a tenure-track position, where he will continue teaching Introduction to Linguistics, Second-Language Acquisition, theoretical and applied courses in Teaching English as a Second Language, and English Syntax. With Dr. Benjamin Torbert, Dr. Crossley will also continue offering our TESOL Certificate, a popular 15-hour program which attracts majors, graduate students, and international students who want to teach English as a second language, either in this country or abroad. Dr. Crossley also pursues an ambitious research agenda in textual analysis, as you will see in the section on scholarship below.

In addition to hiring these two assistant professors, we have promoted lecturer Steve Chrestman to a full-time instructorship. With his MA from MSU, Mr. Chrestman teaches Composition I and II as well as Introduction to Literature.