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Welcome to the Department!

We are happy to welcome new Assistant Professor Michael Sheehan to Fredonia English.  He is the author of Proposals for the Recovery of the Apparently Drowned (Colony Collapse Press).  His fiction and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Agni, Mississippi Review, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.  He is a former fellow of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and a graduate of the University of Arizona's MFA program and St. John's College's Graduate Institute in Liberal Arts.  He has taught creative writing at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has edited literary journals including Regarding Arts & LettersDiagram, and Sonora Review.


Michael Sheehan, Assistant Professor


We are equally excited to announce that Edward Ball, Williams Visiting Professor and author of Slaves in the Family, will be teaching Intermediate Creative Nonfiction in Fall 2019.  Edward Ball is a writer of nonfiction with five books of history and biography, including Slaves in the Family, an account of his family’s 170-year history as slaveholders in South Carolina, and The Inventor and the Tycoon, about the birth of moving pictures in California.  Ball’s current project is the story of a fighter in the Ku Klux Klan, a member of the author’s family in Louisiana, a book that looks at the life of a single white supremacist.  Edward Ball was born in Georgia, raised in Louisiana and South Carolina, and attended Brown University.  Winner of the National Book Award for Slaves in the Family, Ball has taught at Yale University, received a Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library, and has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, at Harvard.


Edward Ball, Williams Visiting Professor, Fall 2019


For more on Professor Ball's course, which focuses on Writing Narrative Nonfiction, please see our course descriptions


Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Congratulations to Lecturer in Creative Writing Sarah Green, who recently landed a contract with Ohio University/Swallow Press to publish her edited multi-genre anthology, Welcome to the Neighborhood: An Anthology of American Coexistence.  Check out our #FeatureFriday interview on her editorial process!

Dr. Green is part of a team of excellent creative writing faculty, including Lecturer Eric Schlich and Adjunct Lecturers Rebecca (Schwab) Cuthbert and Cornelius FitzPatrick, who support our Creative Writing minor by teaching such courses as Introduction to Creative Writing, Form and Theory of Writing, Intermediate Creative Nonfiction, Intermediate Fiction Writing, Intermediate Poetry Writing, Literary Publishing, Advanced Fiction Writing, and Advanced Poetry Writing.

For more on the accomplishments of our award-winning faculty, follow us on social media and explore our website.




Congratulations to Lecturer in Creative Writing Eric Schlich, who recently defended his creative dissertation at Florida State University...and then turned around and landed a tenure-track job!  Starting in Fall 2019, he will be an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Utah University!  Congratulations, Eric, and thanks for everything you've done to make Fredonia English what it is today!




The Fredonia English Department is proud to announce its new mission statement, program objectives, learning outcomes, and redesigned English and English Adolescence Education majors.


Fredonia English B.A.

The restructured B.A. in English thoughtfully responds to fundamental shifts in our discipline, our student body, and our students’ needs to achieve academic success and to become skilled, creative, responsible, and connected professionals and global citizens. The B.A. in English combines required foundational courses with a wide range of options among skills- and content-based course categories in order to open pathways for every student to gain the most from the major and our faculty. Internships and other applied learning opportunities in English-related fields help our students turn those pathways into careers.

Skills Development + Flexible Structure + Personal Goals


Customized Major

Fredonia’s 42-credit customized English major allows students the freedom to:

  • construct a major of courses that help you define, prepare for, and realize your career objectives;
  • add virtually any minor, including our minors in Creative Writing or Writing and Rhetoric;
  • earn a double major with a B.A. or B.S. in another discipline;
  • participate in one of the many practical internship opportunities offered through the department;
  • study abroad for two weeks in January or the summer, or for an entire semester.

Our new major’s progression mirrors Fredonia’s baccalaureate goals: a series of lower-level foundational courses imparting disciplinary literacies and skills prepares students to achieve academic success in upper-level courses that challenge them to broaden their awareness of the practical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary applications of our field while further developing their writing skills and creative experiences. The major culminates in a capstone course in which students apply their oral and written communication skills to engage situations beyond the classroom (such as community, professional, or advanced academic settings). Both students’ progress and evidence of their concrete achievements will be documented through completion of an e-portfolio, which will serve the department’s assessment needs while simultaneously providing students with a meaningful record of their experiential growth and a valuable resource for their career or graduate-school search.


Fredonia English Adolescence Education B.A.

The restructured B.A. in English Adolescence Education thoughtfully responds to fundamental shifts in our discipline, our student body, and our students’ needs to achieve academic success and to become skilled, creative, responsible, and connected professionals and global citizens. It is designed to parallel the English major's required categories, with up to 39 credits applicable to it if needed. The B.A. in English Adolescence Education combines required foundational courses in literature and pedagogy with a plethora of field experiences in order to open pathways for all students to develop the ideas and practices that will make them effective in the classrooms of an increasingly complex and diverse society.


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