Key Contacts

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Key Contacts 


English Department Website:

The website has lots of information about studying in our department, as well as ongoing and upcoming events, contact information for faculty, and other resources.


English Department Social Media: @utsc_engdept

We are on both Instagram and Twitter!


Undergraduate Coordinator: Samiha Chowdhury

Office: HW 332A


Samiha is who you'll want to speak to if you have inquiries about your programs and courses, including graduation requirements, pre-requisites, and transfer credits.


Assistant to the Chair: Gail Naraine

Office: HW 331A    


Gail is likely who you’ll see if you wander into the department (the third floor of the H-Wing) looking for help. She can direct you if you’re not sure who you should talk to about any departmental issues.


Department Chair: Prof. Alice Maurice

Office: HW 326


As Chair, Professor Maurice is responsible for the overall work and vision of the department. You can contact his Assistant, Gail Naraine (see above) to set up an appointment. 


Associate Chair & Program Supervisor: Prof. Kara Gaston

Office: HW 323


Professor Gaston is responsible for overseeing the English specialist, major, and minor programs, and she can help you with program-related concerns including issues such as transfer credits, requirements, and navigating your degree. She is also responsible for the department’s undergraduate curriculum as a whole.


Creative Writing Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Tysdal

Office: HW 328


Professor Tysdal is the head of the Creative Writing program and your primary contact for questions for our writing program.


Lit & Film Studies Supervisor: Prof. Sara Saljoughi

Office: HW 324


Professor Saljoughi is the head of the Literature and Film Studies minor and your primary contact for questions about our film studies program.


If you have questions about any aspect of studying in our department — from choosing classes to strategizing for what life can offer those with an English degree — you should consider visiting your professor’s office hours. We are happy to talk about issues that extend beyond an individual course or semester.