Monmouth University's Department of English gives students the opportunity to study literature, writing, and rhetoric in a supportive and engaging intellectual community of faculty and peers. English majors and minors are encouraged to pursue their interests under the direction of dedicated and accomplished faculty mentors both inside and outside the classroom, and can choose from a range of programs and courses offerings in the areas of literature, creative writing and professional writing. Students will enhance their close reading and analytical skills as they encounter the pleasures and possibilities found in reading literary works of aesthetic and cultural value. A major or minor in English enables students to develop critical awareness that prepares them for careers in the areas of teaching, law, business, publishing, writing, and administration, and most importantly, lays the foundation for a lifelong engagement with the versatility, power, and beauty of language.
The English Department would like to introduce our Lecturer, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Irish Studies Minor, Elizabeth Gilmartin. Gilmartin received her PhD from New York University. She has published articles on the development of the Hiberno-English dialect used by Lady Gregory and J.M Synge, Lady Gregory's translation of The Tain, and J.M. Synge's The Aran Islands. Currently, she hopes to continue to expand on a conference paper she recently presented about aging mothers in three contemporary Irish plays.
Dr. Gilmartin, Dean Stan Green, Dr. Alison Maginn, Dr. Ken Campbell, and Dr. Jack Burke created the Irish Studies Minor to meet the academic and professional interests of students interested in Irish culture. The goal of the minor is to offer students the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Ireland. One does not need to be Irish to be interested in the country's culture. As of the spring 2015 semester, the minor offers courses in literature, lrish language, and history. Gilmartin hopes there will soon be a study abroad component.
Her own desire to travel to the country motivated her to pursue her studies in Irish literature. While completing her dissertation, she taught as an adjunct at Seton Hall for six years where she taught composition courses and British literature survey courses. One semester, however, she taught Business Writing-mainly because no one else wanted to teach on a Saturday morning!
Her interests include Irish literature-from the 18th century to the present-British Victorian literature, and Modernist literature. Gilmartin is also interested in composition because her teaching of composition at Seton Hall and Monmouth has shown her how vital that subject is in today's college programs. She is always excited to work with Monmouth students. Gilmartin finds Monmouth University's campus inspiring, from the beauty of its surroundings to the activity of everyone on campus. She is also inspired by her colleagues and the wonderful research and teaching they do. A native of Freehold, NJ, Gilmartin lives with her husband and 3-year-old daughter in Brick.