Dr. Christine Denecker – English Program


Q: What is your name, the courses you teach and hometown?
A: I’m Chris Denecker, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Program. I’m from Arlington, Ohio.

Q: What do you enjoy outside of the classroom?
A: My family and I enjoy going to UF events, especially basketball games. I also advise Circle K activities and participate in events sponsored by the Findlay Diversity Initiative, which brings students together to learn more about each group’s culture.

Q: What professional changes have you seen in one of your students?
A: I could tell from the beginning that Brittany Cuffman had a love and a knack for English. She plans to become an English teacher, and she demonstrates so much enthusiasm and inquiry for her future students. She’s going to be great in this role.

Q: Do you have advice for students considering an English major?
A: All industries are looking for employees who can write and speak well, so the skills that English majors possess are in demand in the workforce. And the contemporary English major is more than someone who knows literature and grammar. They’re critical thinkers with technological and rhetorical savvy; they’re versatile, creative and play important roles in leadership and industry.

The English program offers many experiential learning opportunities that include competing at national and international literary conferences.
UF’s literary magazine, From the Writer’s Kitchen, provides experience to students that write, edit, publish and distribute each edition.
Students enjoy unique oppor- tunities such as interacting with visiting notable authors such as Denise Duhamel.
UF has a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta which is the National English honor society to recognize distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing.
Slippery Elm is UF’s national literary journal that allows students to be involved from submission to publication with internship opportunities available.