The English Literature Major does not assign students to specific advisors. Instead, five or six members of our faculty (changing from year to year) are designated as Student Advisors, and are specifically available to help you during office hours. During the week prior to Pre-Registration, our "Advising Week," faculty advisors will hold 2 additional hours of office hours each. All this information, including contact information and office number, is included in the tables below. If current information doesn't seem to be available, please inform the Undergraduate Program Assistant right away. Updates should be in place within a week or two of the beginning of the following quarter.

Though only the Director of Undergraduate Studies can sign a Declaration of Major/Minor form, any of the advisors can help you fill out the Petition to Graduate form, and sign it before you submit it to the Office of the Registrar.

Of course, this system is not meant to restrict you from striking up a student/advisor relationship with an unlisted faculty member if you so choose. These are simply the professors who make themselves especially available (and have current information on the major/minor at hand) to help you with any problems you might be encountering. These are also the faculty with whom you are expected to meet, and whose signature you need to get, when you're filling out your Petition to Graduate forms at the end of your Junior year, and who can help with the Major Worksheet that needs to accompany the Petition.

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OFFICE HOURS - Spring Quarter 2024*

*Office hours may be conducted virtually.  Contact professors for appointments.

Department Chair: Professor Katharine Breen
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Literature: Professor Jeffrey Masten
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Creative Writing: Professor Juan Martinez


NameLocationTelephoneEmailAdvising Hours
Katharine BreenUniversity Hall 419847-491-7486Tuesdays 2-4 in Chair's office (UH 215)
Nick DavisUniversity Hall 307847-491-3433Wednesdays 10-12
Jeffrey MastenUniversity Hall 308847-491-3012Book at
Susan PhillipsUniversity Hall 315847-491-3368Tuesdays 2-4
Helen ThompsonUniversity Hall 415847-491-7187By appointment, via Zoom until May 1

Creative Writing

NameLocationTelephoneEmailAdvising Hours
Chris AbaniUniversity Hall 113847-467-1065On Leave 2023-24
Averill CurdyUniversity Hall 022847-467-1976Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12
Juan MartinezUniversity Hall 328847-467-4677Tuesdays 9:30-11:30
Shauna SeliyUniversity Hall 024847-467-2675Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2
Rachel Jamison WebsterUniversity Hall 027847-491-0894Mondays 2-3 & Wednesdays 11-12
Charif ShanahanUniversity Hall 222847-467-3944Mondays & Thursdays 10-11 (by appointment)
Sarah SchulmanUniversity Hall 419847-491-3097On Leave Spring 2024
Daisy HernándezUniversity Hall 225847-491-1783Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30-3:30