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Department of English Language and Literature


Associate Professor of English Gretchen J. Woertendyke selected as USC’s 2015 McCausland Fellow!

For the third consecutive year, since its inception in 2013, a McCausland goes to a faculty member of the English Department.

The English Department is proud to announce that Gretchen Woertendyke has been selected by the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences to become the 2015 McCausland Fellow. Part of a $10 million endowment from USC alumnus Peter McCausland (’71) and his wife, Bonnie McCausland, this prestigious recognition rewards and promotes excellence in teaching and research at the University of South Carolina in the field of the Humanities.

“I love the energy students generate when they are discovering something new,” Dr. Woertendyke says of her experience in the classroom.

Dr. Woertendyke is an Associate Professor in English and Affiliate Faculty of African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her first book Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Thanks to the support of the McCausland endowment, Dr. Woertendyke will be able to conduct archival research in the United Kingdom and across the United States, essential to the completion of her current book project A History of Secrecy in the New World. Dr. Woertendyke commented, “As a McCausland Fellow I am able to highlight the university’s commitment to and value for the humanities in my classrooms, particularly as it serves to meaningfully address the contradictions of contemporary life.  It is humbling to join the talented scholars and artists who make up the McCausland Faculty Fellows – what a gift!”

For the third consecutive year, since its inception in 2013, a McCausland goes to a faculty member of the English Department. Our congratulations to Gretchen Woertendyke for this most deserved accolade.