You may contribute to the English Department in a number of ways.
If you cannot contribute financially, consider
- sharing your Auburn experiences with high school students, undergraduates in search of a major, and students looking for a graduate program in English
- identifying internship and job opportunities for students and graduates
- attending our symposium series and other events
- returning to campus to meet with students
If you can contribute
The English Department Advisory Council is spearheading a campaign to raise $25,000 for the newly established English Department Alumni Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide more permanent and reliable support for English majors. Contribute to the English Department Alumni Fund.
Any financial support you can contribute to the Department, should be made thought the AU Foundation. Be sure to specify English Department under Other so that we receive the funds. Some of the activities supported by Alumni donations are described below.
Each year, the English Department gives scholarships and awards to students. In 2006-2007 $36,200 was awarded by the Department to undergraduate and graduate students. Awards are given for academic excellence and also for achievements in writing and teaching. View the list of award winners.
Two endowments have been established for the English Department:
The Ruth Lowe Brittin and Norman A. Brittin Endowment for Fellowships in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts - established for PhD students who have completed their general doctoral exams and are enrolled in dissertation hours.
The Jean Wickstrom Liles Endowment for Scholarships in English in the College of Liberal Arts - established for undergraduate majors in English.
Donors may contribute to these endowments or consider establishing an endowment.
Lectures and Symposium Series
The Carl Benson Lecture on 20th-Century Literature is held every spring. The Benson Lecture, named in honor of a former member of the Department, is our department's most prestigious invited lectureship. The Benson Lecturer for 2007 was Trudier Harris, distinguished scholar of African-American literature and folklore.
The Symposium Series began in 2003-04. The Symposium Series, like all lectures, are open to faculty, students, and the public. In 2006-2007 presenters included poet Gregory Orr and movie maker Robert Clem. Your contributions would help us continue the series.
George Crandell, Department Head, has a list of special projects you may want to consider that will enhance our teaching, research, and outreach activities. And we welcome your ideas.