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Administration

The English Department Main Administrative Office is located in 250 Goldwin Smith Hall, and is open M-F from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm during FA and SP semesters.

If, after perusing the below lists of faculty and staff administrators, you are unable to determine who to contact, you can email english_dept@cornell.edu, our general inquiry email address.

 

Faculty Administrator Role Name Contact Information
Picket Family Chair of the English Department Professor Caroline Levine

250 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-6801
cel235@cornell.edu

Department Associate Chair Associate Professor Rayna Kalas

273 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-4190
rayna.kalas@cornell.edu

Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Associate Professor Jenny Mann

286 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-3339
jenny.mann@cornell.edu

Director of Creative Writing (DCW) Professor Helena Viramontes

367 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-8573
hmv2@cornell.edu

Director of Graduate Student Teaching (DGST) Professor Laura Brown

347 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-6800
laura.brown@cornell.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS)

Professor Samantha Zacher

261 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-9309
sz66@cornell.edu

Director of Honors Associate Professor Philip Lorenz

141 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-4740
philip.lorenz@cornell.edu

Editor, Epoch Senior Lecturer Michael Koch

251 Goldwin Smith
(607) 255-3385
mk64@cornell.edu

 

 

Staff Administrator Role                                 Name Contact Information Ask me about...

Director of Administration

Sara Eddleman

250 GSH
(607) 255-6799
sle58@cornell.edu

  • Navigating Cornell (working with professors, with other administrators or offices, sensitive issues)
  • Alumni outreach
  • Anything not otherwise mentioned below
Assistant to the Chair Victoria Brevetti

250 GSH
(607) 255-6801
vlb3@cornell.edu

  • Paycheck and appointment questions
  • Scheduling an appointment with the Chair
  • Course evaluations
  • Submitting items for creative writing & other writing contests
PhD Graduate Program Coordinator Kara Peet

250 GSH
(607) 255-7989
knp34@cornell.edu

  • PhD academic program/funding related questions
  • PhD exam scheduling and other required processes/paperwork
  • Taking a leave of absence or being in absentia (if you are a graduate student)
  • PhD program admission and process
MFA Graduate Program Coordinator Amanda Brockner

250 GSH
(607) 255-7989
alb448@cornell.edu

  • MFA academic program/funding related questions
  • MFA exam scheduling and other required processes/paperwork
  • MFA program admission and process
  • Website biography and news updates
  • Social media promotion
Teaching Programs Coordinator Karen Kudej

250 GSH
(607) 255-3492
kek77@cornell.edu

  • Class-related questions for people taking classes
  • Class-related and curriculum-related questionf or people teaching courses
  • Classroom information
Undergraduate Program Coordinator Corrine Bruno

250 GSH
(607) 255-6800
cb624@cornell.edu

  • Scheduling an appointment with the DUGS
  • Events for undergraduate students
  • English Major program
  • English Minors programs
  • English Honors program
Accounts Coordinator Kathy Griffiths

250 GSH
(607) 255-3878
kma11@cornell.edu

  • Spending Faculty Research and Travel (FRT) funds
  • Requesting help with facilities (keys, rooms, custodial/repair services)
Events Coordinator Lynn Lauper

250 GSH
(607) 255-7847
lbl3@cornell.edu

  • Adding interested people to the English Events listerv
  • Booking the English Department Lounge
  • Green certification and sustainability
Events Assistant Aurora Ricardo

250 GSH
(607) 255-7847
ar2368@cornell.edu

  • Circulating event announcements on ENGL listservs
  • Accessibility for events (including American Sign Language Interpretation) 

 

Our Location

The Department of English is located in Goldwin Smith Hall, the Arts Quad’s flagship building and most prominent structure.

Built in 1906, Goldwin Smith Hall is positioned with a wide-angle view of the the quad's first three structures, White, McGraw and Morrill Halls. In addition to the Department of English, Goldwin Smith is also home to the College of Arts & Sciences dean’s office, academic advising, classics, comparative literature, German studies, history of art, medieval studies, philosophy and the famous Temple of Zeus Cafe.

The quad features both classic and modern architecture and includes the landmark statues of both Ezra Cornell, the university’s founder, and Andrew Dickson White, the university’s first president. A.D. White’s towering presence at the entrance to Goldwin Smith Hall oversees impromptu academic discussions and lunch breaks, which often take place on the stone steps and nearby year-round tables. The quad serves as home to both to the College of Arts and Sciences, the university’s largest undergraduate college, and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. In late spring, graduating seniors from all Cornell colleges and their families gather on the lawn, and in the fall, students play Frisbee and lounge on the grass between classes. Small seminars can often be seen dotting the quad during the warmer months. The quad is also the primary gathering place for Dragon Day and many of the university’s celebratory events.