Excellence, Outreach, Innovation

Our department’s work extends far beyond the classroom. From introducing school kids to the wonders of Shakespeare, to helping members of our area's international community learn English, our faculty, staff and students actively seek out ways to serve the greater good. Here is a glimpse of the Department of English and Philosophy’s efforts to meet, and exceed, key imperatives—excellence, outreach and innovation.


Paul Walker


Dr. Paul Walker, co-director of the Purchase Area Writing Project and first-year composition coordinator, has published the book Writing in Context: Composition in First-Year Learning Communities (Hampton Press). About this work.

Shakespeare in the Schools


Shakespeare in the Schools Partnership Initiative

Murray Shakespeare Festival

Juyoung Song


Dr. Juyoung Song has received the Research Priorities Award from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She is working with students at five different universities in the U.S. and in South Korea with a focus on the relationship between writing practices in and outside the classroom.