Dr. Maurice Hunt Named English Department Chair

March 26, 1998

Dr. Maurice Hunt, acting chair of the Baylor University English department, has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the department President Robert B. Sloan Jr. announced today.

Hunt has served as acting chair since August of 1996 and will immediately assume the responsibilities of chair. Dr. Wallace L. Daniel Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said Hunt will lead the English department to the highest levels of excellence.

"Dr. Hunt is superbly qualified to provide excellent leadership for Baylor's English department," Daniel said. "During the last two years, he has served extremely well in his capacity as acting chairperson. He brings high teaching and scholarship credentials to the position, and he offers the kind of openness and commitment to excellence that the chairperson of the department will require. I am certain that he will set high standards for our faculty and students, and I am looking forward to working with him to strengthen the academic mission of the College and the University."

Hunt joined the Baylor faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor of English. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and professor in 1993. During his tenure at Baylor, Hunt also has served as director of freshman composition and director of the writing center.

Before coming to Baylor, Hunt served as director of freshman English at Arizona State University. He also served on the faculties of Dominican and Marin colleges.

Shakespearean studies represent Hunt's major area of interest. He has written numerous books on Shakespeare including Shakespeare's Labored Art and The Winter Tale: Critical Essays both in 1995.

Professional memberships for Hunt include the Shakespeare Association of America, Texas Conference of College Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of English and The South-Central Renaissance Association.

Hunt earned a bachelor's degree with distinction and high honors in English from the University of Michigan and earned a master's and a doctorate in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

For more information, contact Hunt at 710-1768.

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