English Department


We are a student-centered, award-winning department providing students the opportunity to develop deep knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of literature, creative and professional writing, rhetoric, and linguistics.

We offer two undergraduate majors—in Liberal Arts and Secondary Education—several minors, and a Master of Arts and certificate programs for graduate students. Our faculty are accomplished, publishing their scholarly and creative work with distinguished presses and in leading national and international journals. But our priority remains teaching and mentoring students as they develop their skills as practiced readers, writers, and problem-solvers.

The department sponsors a range of curricular and co-curricular options, from study-abroad trips to a campus chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Our students also staff the nationally-recognized Wisconsin Review, a journal devoted to creative writing and visual art.

This website provides a lot of information on all of those topics, so please do take a look. We’ve organized it so that both prospective and continuing students can find what they need. Of course, for additional information, please do contact us. We want to hear from you!

Margaret Hostetler

Department Chair

Ula Klein with her new book.

Ula Klein

English Department Faculty Member, Ula Klein, recently published a book. Sapphic Crossings, explores why cross-dressing women were popular in 18th century British literature.

She also explains how same sex relationships, as well as crossdressing were utilized throughout literature to embody legitimate desires and relationships.

The book can be found at the University of Virginia Press. https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5438

Contact Us 

Office: Radford Hall Room 216 
Phone: (920) 424-2205
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Email: english@uwosh.edu

Elijah Schmidt

Elijah Schmidt English major Faculty praise for Elijah"While I only had Eli in Chaucer class, it was truly an enjoyable experience.One of the reasons that I enjoyed the section of Chaucer that Eli was in so much was because I could count on Eli to stick around after...

Magdalena Vacula

Magdalena Vacula English Secondary Education major Faculty praise for Magdalena"Maggie was a delight to have in class. I remember particularly the first time I taught in an active learning classroom, I was trying to get used to the students all sitting in pods around...

Merry Norby

Merry Norby Psychology Major, English literature and Spanish minor December 2019 Graduate Faculty praise for Merry"One of the greatest rewards of teaching is encountering students such as Merry Norby. Over multiple semesters - from a gen-ed literature survey to a...

Corrine Lewiston

Corrine Lewiston English Secondary Education Major December 2019 Graduate Faculty praise for Corrine"Corrine is so thoughtful and reflective. In class her comments always go right to the most important part of the issue under discussion. Her generosity in sharing her...

Trevor Bleick

Trevor Bleick English Major December 2019 Graduate Faculty praise for Trevor"Although I only know Trevor from a single semester (in a gen-ed course), he showed himself to be one of the most enthusiastic and critical readers/thinkers who I've had the pleasure of...

Khaila Miles-Semons

Khaila Miles-Semons English Major, African American Studies Minor December 2019 Graduate Faculty praise for Khaila"Khalia is a thoughtful, creative thinker, and she possesses a wonderful blend of passion and diligence in her work. No wonder that she is the...

Joy Evans

Joy Evans Environmental health major About meJoy was the student assistant in the English department for two years. She will be attending grad school through a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She'll be earning her Master's Degree in Public...

Shawnetta Williams

Shawnetta Williams English & French Major, Linguistics Minor Faculty praise for Shawnetta"Shawnetta is a traveler seeking out connections with other people and cultures. Her international experiences (Japan, France, and counting) and her love of other cultures and...

Maizie Wilharm

Maizie Wilharm Nursing Major, Creative writing minor Faculty praise for Mazie"Mazie Wilharm accomplished what many said was impossible: a nursing major and an English minor. And she did it with grace, intelligence, and commitment to building her classroom communities....

Cody Wiesner

Cody Wiesner English major Faculty praise for Cody"Cody usually sat in the back row, often in a corner, but when he spoke everyone listened. Not usually the first person to enter the conversation, Cody nevertheless was the one who could summarize and pull together the...