Department Information

Matthew Lessig
Old Main, Room 112
Phone: 607-753-4307/4308
Fax: 607-753-5978

New Faculty Profile:
Tyler Bradway

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Tyler Bradway is a scholar and teacher of contemporary American literature, queer theory and culture, affect, gender studies, and critical theory. He received his Ph.D. from the Literatures in English Department at Rutgers University, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Haverford College Writing Program. His current book project examines affective forms of “bad reading” in queer experimental writing, from Stonewall to the present. He teaches courses on postmodern, experimental, and multi-ethnic American literatures, sexuality and representation, popular culture, and theories of reading.

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English Department

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As one of the largest departments on campus, English provides students many options for literary and cultural study while preserving small class sizes.
Our award-winning faculty offer a variety of courses in literature, professional writing, and adolescence education, covering topics such as Shakespeare, world literature, rhetoric, new media, and 21st century literacies.
 Students actively participate in the process of reading and writing and study how words work: how they can be shaped into literary art, organized into a lesson plan, or developed into distinct genres, from poetry to a resume; how we use them to fashion our understanding of ourselves and our place in local, national, and global communities.
Upon graduation, a SUNY Cortland English major is not only in demand by creative and professional institutions, but also well prepared for graduate school, law school, and careers in teaching, journalism, new media, communications and business.


New Faculty Profile:
Laura Davies

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Laura J. Davies  earned her PhD in composition and cultural rhetoric at Syracuse University and previously was an assistant professor of English and director of first-year writing at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Her current book project is a study of writing teacher preparation and development. Her research and teaching interests include writing program administration, writing assessment, creative non-fiction writing, information literacy, writing pedagogy, and technical and professional writing.


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( has its offices in Moffett Center, Room 110. The international student-produced magazine is always looking for writers and designers to join the ranks.

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English Department Newsletter

Spring 2012

Spring 2011

Spring 2010



English Club: Check out the club on Facebook: English Club@SUNY Cortland!

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Where students at Cortland who love teaching English come together!





    written works, ideas and opinions. The club will also help students build relations with            
    teachers, professionals and the community. Membership is not limited to English/          
    Writing majors. Students across all disciplines are encouraged to join the club as an                                  
    outlet for expressing themselves, while meeting new people, promoting literacy and              

    engaging in educational activities.

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