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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 Williams Visiting Professor Edward Ball will be teaching Intermediate Creative Nonfiction in Fall 2019.  Professor 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


In other exciting news, we are overjoyed to welcome back Joe Hall to the Fredonia English Department.  He taught Introduction to Creative Writing, Intermediate Poetry Writing, and Advanced Poetry Writing during the 2015-2016 academic year.  For the 2019-2020 academic year, he will be teaching the same courses along with Environmental Literature.  Joe Hall is the author of three collections of poetry:  Someone’s Utopia, The Devotional Poems, and Pigafetta Is My Wife (Black Ocean 2018, 2013, & 2010).  With Chad Hardy, he co-authored The Container Store Vols I & II (SpringGun 2012).  With Cheryl Quimba, he co-authored the chapbook May I Softly Walk (Poetry Crush 2014).  With Ryan Kaveh Sheldon and Angela Veronica Wong, he participates in Hostile Books, a publishing collective dedicated to radical materiality.  His poems have been translated into Dutch and he has done readings at universities, galleries, bars, and rivers in most of the 50 states as well as Canada and Washington, DC.  Along with a decade of university teaching, Hall has taught community based creative writing workshops through the Worker Center in Buffalo and Just Buffalo Literary Center.  In 2018, Hall received a PhD in Literature from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, upon completion of his dissertation on liquid commons in eighteenth-century literature.  His articles have appeared in Post Colonial Studies and Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

Joe Hall

Check out our #FeatureFriday interview with Professor Sheehan!  For more on our Fall 2019 courses, including those taught by Professors Sheehan, Ball, and Hall, please see our course descriptions.  They join Adjunct Lecturers Rebecca (Schwab) Cuthbert, Cornelius FitzPatrick, and Shannon Jonas, who support our Creative Writing minor by teaching Introduction to Creative Writing.  For more on the accomplishments of our award-winning faculty, follow us on social media and explore our website.





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. (effective Fall 2016)

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. (effective Fall 2017)

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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