Allen Dunn will take over as Head of the UT English Department at the end of July, 2015. Allen is a specialist in critical theory and twentieth-century Anglo-American Literature. He is the co-editor of The Limits of History (2012), Literary Aesthetics: An Anthology (2000); and “The Future of the Harlem Renaissance,” a special issue of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Summer 1998), as well as more than thirty articles and book chapters. He served as editor-in-chief of Soundings from 2001-2012. His other accomplishments include serving as President of The Society for Values in Higher Education and directing an NEH Summer Institute on Literature and Values with John McGowan at the University of North Carolina in 1997 and 2001.
Professor Dunn has served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English from 2007-11. A dedicated and effective teacher at the undergraduate and graduate levels and holder of the English Department’s Carroll Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 2011-13, he has won the John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award, the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching, the Cunningham Outstanding Teaching Award, and three GSE Outstanding Faculty teaching awards (including his second “Inside the Classroom” award this year). He has also won the Phi Beta Kappa Certificate of Merit for Research and Creative Achievement in the Liberal Arts and the University Studies Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Scholarship. He intends to continue his leadership of the English Department’s Critical Theory Reading Group, which has been continuously meeting for more than a decade.