Department of English

Do you want to learn how to speak persuasively, read analytically, write effectively and to think critically? Then you'll find yourself right at home in the Department of English.

Prospective students will choose from our two English major programs: English Education or English. Claflin offers minors in Drama, Creative Writing, Gender Studies, English and American Studies and a certificate program in Gender Studies. Our English programs are designed to give you an aesthetic appreciation for literature, language, and cultures, and learn valuable research techniques.

“Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum and E-learning” will be the theme of 18th Conference on Contemporary English Language Arts and Pedagogy on Oct. 30-31 hosted by Claflin University.

This mission of the conference is to provide educators throughout the southeastern region a forum to discuss the pivotal role of reading and writing in the secondary and postsecondary curriculum.  

Check-in for the conference begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday (Oct.30) and will continue throughout the day. While on-site registration is available, registering by October 24 is recommended. The registration fee is $35 for faculty members. The fee is waived for secondary educators from South Carolina as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

“The conference will also explore the challenges and opportunities faculty and students encounter while seeking to effectively teach and learn the areas of Language Arts,” said Dr. Mitali Wong, professor and chair of Claflin’s English Department.  “Another purpose of the conference is to encourage collaborative interdisciplinary projects among educators.  Such joint ventures are expected to result in the development of strategies, plans, and solutions to improve both school-based and region-based instruction in reading and writing across the curriculum.

  Invited guests include administrators, publishers, writers, graduate students, and pre-service teachers who will share ideas, strategies, and possible solutions to issues on a variety of related topics.

Dr. Anthony Graham, Provost, Winston-Salem (NC) State University, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Graham’s message will focus on the national reading gap.  Prior to his appointment as provost at Winston Salem State University, Graham served in various leadership positions in the Department of Education at North Carolina A&T State University -- including chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Previously, Graham worked as a high school English teacher and as an academic counselor/lecturer in the Center for Student Success at A&T. In these roles, Graham advocated for student success and worked with colleagues to conceptualize, design, and implement initiatives and programs that promoted student growth and development.

Dr. Farhat Iftekharuddin will be the featured speaker for the plenary session on Thursday (Oct. 21) at 11 a.m. in Ministers’ Hall.

Iftekharuddin currently works with academic infrastructure development in developing countries.  He designs academic, administrative, physical, and fiscal structures for international universities that wish to implement the United States’ model of higher education. He is a retired professor of English from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Dr. Iftekharuddin has over 20 years of experience in developing and teaching on-line courses.

For more information contact Dr. Mitali Wong at wong@claflin.edu or pedagogyconference@claflin.edu.

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