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Congrats to major David Gasvoda!

0 Commentsby   |  04.24.13  |  Student Spotlight

Congratulations to English major David Gasvoda. He is one of two undergraduate students representing ACU on April 26, at the Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Texas Capitol.  David will deliver his paper, “Cormac McCarthy’s Projection of Nature In Blood Meridian.”  Huzzah!

Helpful links and resources for your career search

0 Commentsby   |  04.24.13  |  Career Planning & Information

Some of you got to hear the presentation by Wesley Johnson, our recent guest speaker from Transition Consulting in Dallas.  Here are some resources he recommends as you begin your career search.


College Career Search Sites and Advice

Salary / Occupational Research

BEST Job Web Sites

English Majors Career Advice

MUST Read – Reality Checks

Do You Make This Mistake When Selling Your English Degree to Employers?

The Disposable Academic

A Terrible Time for New Ph.D.s

Fall 2013 Upper Level Spanish–it’s not too late to sign up!

0 Commentsby   |  04.15.13  |  Advising Information


FLSP- 353 – Latin America: Civilization and Culture

Fall Semester 2013 – TR 1:30-2:50

Dr. Beatriz Walker


This course is designed to teach students some basic elements of the history, geography, culture and idiosyncrasies of the Latin American continent and its peoples. Spanish will be the language used in class, in all assignments, and exams.  The course features: lectures, essay discussions, documentaries, films and interaction with Latin Americans




English Major Heather Kregel wins award

0 Commentsby   |  04.05.13  |  Student Spotlight

Please pass on your congratulations to Heather Kregel, whose presentation “Physicians in the Literature of Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson: Portraying the Icons of Changing Times” won the outstanding oral presentation in the arts and humanities at the Undergraduate Research Festival.  It will be a nice feather in her cap before she starts further work at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in the fall.  Thanks for being a great representative of the Language and Literature Department at the Festival.

Internship Opportunities

0 Commentsby   |  04.05.13  |  Advising Information

Those of you interested in careers in publishing might be interested in this:

Internships: Just so you know, Folio has a fantastic internship
program for both local and remote interns. Each intern is assigned
to one agent, based on common areas of interest, but meets all of our
agents during Intern Academy, a weekly seminar which teaches
publishing through an agent’s perspective, covering topics such as
editing, contract negotiation, and foreign rights, as well as
teaching interns how to hone their pitching skills by presenting
their own book ideas. Many of our interns have gone on to find
full-time jobs in publishing, including positions that open up at

For more information, go to

5th Annual Culp Professor Reading a Big Hit (no pun…)

0 Commentsby   |  03.25.13  |  Events and Readings

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Run for Office

0 Commentsby   |  03.18.13  |  Advising Information



0 Commentsby   |  12.21.12  |  Advising Information

The Department of Language and Literature salutes its majors who made the Fall 2012 Dean’s List:

Jessica Allen Cara Kramar Audrey Schaffner
Daniel Archer Heather Kregel Lauren Shrader
Rachel Belcher Richard Lyne Ellen Smith
Hutton Brown Maggie Marshall Katy Smith
Wesley Bryant Maggie McAlister Stephanie Vasquez
James Churchill Daniel Merritt Rebecca Voran
Kathryn Cukrowski Luke Morgan Linda Ware
Julia Curtis Jennifer Moser Kelsey Weems
Hanna Beth Davis Emily Moses Katelyn Werner
Emily Eastman Peyton Mosley Alicia Wood
Rebecca Fowler Whitney Noel Elisa Wyrick
Abigail Fransen Kimberly Pamplin
Hanna Fugett Meghan Reynolds
David Gasvoda Erik Ringle
Michael Knapp Abigail Runnels

Summer Teaching Opportunities

0 Commentsby   |  12.10.12  |  Advising Information, Announcements, Career Planning & Information

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2013 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at our website:

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The Power of Words

0 Commentsby   |  12.10.12  |  Advising Information

A short but moving video on the power of words.