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.
By Paul Budra
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. And the English Department has recently introduced new courses and streamlined prerequisite structures, especially for our English Minor. These changes will make it easier for you to complete 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 please visit the Department (on the sixth floor of the AQ, facing the mountains). There 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.