Welcome to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's English department. Our English program reflects the diversity of our student population and our location in the Pacific through a well-rounded, culturally balanced curriculum. Courses in composition, literature, film, and creative writing provide students with solid foundations in all aspects of the discipline, preparing graduates for a variety of career opportunities.

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The University

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is characterized as a comprehensive, diverse, regional university. Scholarship and research are an important part of faculty work and student engagement, but the primary focus is on providing high-quality baccalaureate and postgraduate education.

Third Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS 2024)

The Department of English at the University of Hawaii at Hilo is pleased to announce the Third Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS), hosted by San Pedro College, Davao City, Philippines will be held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City, Philippines on May 15-16, 2024. This year's conference theme is “Innovations in Language and Literature Pedagogy: Navigating Multiliteracies for Effective Teaching and Learning." The conference aims to provide an avenue for research scholars in the fields of English language and literature Studies to share their expertise with other scholars, researchers, and students from various international backgrounds, and to discuss among scholars and educators the innovations in English language and Literature Pedagogy.

Student Experiences in Our Programs

Outside of the classroom students have the opportunity to participate in field-related internships and work positions through the Research, Internship, Applied Learning, and Employment Opportunities and the SECE system , as well as the opportunity to publish writing and art in UH Hilo's student-run publications.

Our Faculty and Staff

We are your academic ʻohana. We teach the vast majority of courses, using best practices from education research.

Pamela Bond
Pamela Bond
Instructor
Leanne Day
Leanne Day
Assistant Professor, English
Francis Dumanig
Francis Dumanig
Chair & Associate Professor, English; Program Coordinator, TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Patsy Y. Iwasaki
Patsy Y. Iwasaki
Assistant Professor, English
William Lawrenz
William Lawrenz
Lecturer, English
Seri I. Luangphinith
Seri I. Luangphinith
Professor, English
Justina Mattos
Justina Mattos
Chair, Performing Arts; Associate Professor, Drama
Kirsten Mollegaard
Kirsten Mollegaard
Professor, English
Mark T. Panek
Mark T. Panek
Professor, English
Suzanne Romaine
Suzanne Romaine
Affiliate Professor, English
Kimberly Russell
Kimberly Russell
Lecturer, English
Lauri R. Sagle
Lauri R. Sagle
Instructor, English; Director of Composition
Susan Wackerbarth
Susan Wackerbarth
Instructor, English; Creative Writing Coordinator

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