Rutgers English Department News

Cheryl Wall receives Octavia E. Butler Award

210 5a4be69ce536e a3323Cheryl Wall received the inaugural Octavia E. Butler Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship on Black Women Writers, presented at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, May 26 2017.

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In memoriam: Tom Van Laan (1931 - 2017)

Thomas F. Van Laan Picture befe0Dear Colleagues,

On November 5, 2017, our former colleague and chair Thomas F. Van Laan died in San Diego, CA. He was 86. Tom taught in the Department of English at Rutgers for thirty-five years, arriving soon after earning his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1961. He was Chair from 1983 to 1989.

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English Department Resolution

Whereas the faculty of the department of English are committed to making the university a just and inclusive community,

Whereas President Barchi has publicly declared, on December 8, 2016, that “Rutgers is, and will always be, a sanctuary,” committing to protecting the rights of undocumented students by refusing record-sharing and physical access to federal immigration enforcement except as required by court order, warrant, or subpoena,

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Cheryl Wall has been named winner of the university’s Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award.

Cheryl A.   WallThe Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award, named to honor the memory of a noted mathematician and Rutgers University Professor, is awarded to a Rutgers faculty member who best exemplifies imaginative research and dedicated and exceptional service to the University.  I’m sure you will agree that Cheryl amply deserves such a commendation.

Cheryl Wall is only the second member of our department to win this award--and the first in nearly twenty years.