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August 31, 2009

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UT Tyler Announces New Department of Literature, Languages Chair


Dr. Hui Wu has been named the new chair for The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Literature and Languages, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

This appointment replaces Dr. Victor Scherb, professor of English, who returned to teaching.

As appointed chair, Wu also will serve as professor of English at UT Tyler.

Before joining UT Tyler, she served as associate professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Central Arkansas. While there, her appointments included serving as director of the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Education Project, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and founding executive director of the Confucius Institute.

Wu’s scholarship encompasses history of rhetoric, comparative studies of rhetoric, global feminist rhetorics and archival research in rhetoric and writing. Her writing appears in scholarly anthologies and journals, including College English, College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Currently, she continues to study post-Mao Chinese literary women’s feminist rhetoric, while writing about and translating China’s first book on the art of persuasion, titled Guiguzi.

Wu holds a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in rhetoric/composition and comparative studies of rhetoric and communication from Texas Christian University.

The UT Tyler Department of Literature and Languages seeks to give its majors a critical understanding of and appreciation for literature and the development of languages, including English and Spanish. Courses offered within the department support the university’s core curriculum requirements, a variety of undergraduate degree and certificate options and a master’s degree program.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.  


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