We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.

English students at Hope dive deep into literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.

Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.

The department is dedicated to offering its students plenty of opportunities to supplement their learning and engage in it. From on-campus activities and guest speakers to volunteer opportunities, highly sought-after workshops and student-faculty collaboration, English students at Hope actively involve themselves in gaining practical experience and making unforgettable memories. Every student’s experience in the program is distinctive, tailored to his or her interests and passions. We work together and support each other.

Meet Some of our faculty And staff

We love our faculty and staff, and think you will, too. Get to know some of our English professors and hear them share about favorite authors, their favorite things about Hope and more.

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Kathleen Verduin
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Dr. Beth Trembley
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Sarah Baar
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Jesus Montaño
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Dr. Kendra Parker
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Dana VanderLugt
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Dr. Ernest Cole
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Dr. Marla Lunderberg
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David James
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Prof. Curtis Gruenler
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Dr. William Pannapacker

Recent blog posts

  1. Congratulations, Graduates!

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    Today marks the final day of classes for the Spring 2016 semester. For many of our seniors, it’...

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  2. Pleasant Surprises and Stephen King Novels

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By Skyler Adams ‘13 My time at Hope was…to sum it up in a word…surprising. You might be surpri...

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  3. How to Get the Most Out of the English Department at Hope College

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By: Hope Hancock, Class of ’16 Nearing the end of my senior year in high school, it seemed as ...

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  4. Graduate School Panel

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By: Trevor Sooy, Class of 2019 This event was co-sponsored by the Career Development Center and the ...

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  5. DuMez Investiture Speech

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    At the Spring 2015 Board of Trustees meeting, the board awarded the DuMez Endowed Professorship to ...

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  6. Geek Out

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    We hope our students enjoyed Spring Break last week! Don’t worry–we didn’t forget ...

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