Paul Budra teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature and has published articles on Renaissance literature and contemporary popular culture. He is the author of A Mirror for Magistrates and the de casibus Tradition and Shakespeare Early and Late: a textbook. He is the co-editor of the essay collections Part Two: Reflections on the Sequel; Soldier Talk: Oral Narratives of the Vietnam War; From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom; and Shakespeare and Consciousness. He is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society, former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and winner of the SFU Excellence in Teaching Award for 2004.
Welcome back to a new semester at Simon Fraser University and a special welcome to those of you who are just beginning your studies here at SFU. Whether you’re taking an English course because you want to improve your writing, deepen your cultural knowledge, or lose yourself in great literature, the English Department has classes for you. Over the past year or so the English Department has introduced new courses and streamlined prerequisite structures. We will continue to innovate by introducing a new, simplified English Minor option next year. These exciting changes are in response to student needs and preferences as well shifts in the discipline of English studies. They will make it easier for you to achieve an English degree or simply take English courses that suit your interests.
When you take our courses, you will be taught by the best. It is point of pride in our Department that all our professors, no matter how senior and distinguished, teach courses at all levels, from large first-year survey courses to intimate graduate seminars. And our professors are distinguished: we have world-renowned scholars, award-winning creative writers, and more teaching-award holders than any other department in the university.
And if you visit the Department (on the sixth floor of the AQ, facing the mountains), you’ll meet our wonderful staff members. They are professionals with many years experience, trained to help students like you.
Please do not hesitate to contact them or myself if you have any questions about studying English here at SFU.
Have a wonderful year.