The Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communications is one of nine departments in the School of Arts and Sciences. We hold one of the largest faculty bases in the University. We are primarily a service-oriented department which serves the entire student body through the freshman year and one semester of the sophomore year. Our courses range from English Composition and literature courses to courses in humanities, foreign languages, broadcast and print journalism, and theatre arts. Our faculty members represent a diverse and well-learned part of the southeast Arkansas population and professoriate. Our areas of expertise range from composition and rhetoric; British, American and African American Literatures; and creative writing to Spanish, French, journalism, directing and acting. There are twenty-one full-time faculty members within the Department. Sixteen hold a terminal degree (Ph.D. or M.F.A.). The department also has three full-time support staff persons.
The Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communication, as part of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, believes it has an important role to play in the education of people who will shape the future of the state, the nation, and indeed, the world. While technical skills in the areas of writing, self expression and communication will certainly be of use to these future leaders, we believe, as practitioners of the liberal arts, that we must also encourage our students to develop the insight, understanding, and imagination that will allow them to use their skills creatively, productively, and responsibly in the setting and in accomplishment of their goals. As the goal of a liberal education is the establishment of a vibrant and just culture based on lifelong learning and teaching, we hope to give out students the skills and ability to transform themselves into their own teachers and then, either formally or informally, into the teachers of others.
The Department operates the Viralene J. Coleman Computerized Writing Center. The Center offers individualized help with writing. Peer tutors as well as English faculty are available to meet with students to discuss their writing. Tutors can assist with matters ranging from grammar, spelling, diction, and punctuation to broader concerns such as focus, development, organization, style, and documentation.
The Writing Center offers a number of services, including:
* Tutorial Conferences
* Drop-in Assistance
The Writing Center is located in Corbin Hall, Room 105. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am until 7:00 pm. Mrs. Patricia Meadows directs the center.