Shanklin Named English Program Coordinator
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 [9:27 PM]
Associate Professor of English Tip Shanklin has
been named coordinator of the English program.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Tip Shanklin
has seen Lindsey Wilson College
grow up a lot. Since arriving at Lindsey Wilson in 1998, Shanklin
has seen the size of the college's faculty double, enrollment swell
past 2,000 students and the A.P. White Campus to expand to cover
more than 200 acres.
And now Shanklin is ready to serve his second term as
coordinator of Lindsey Wilson's English program
. He previously served as the
program's coordinator from 2002-04.
Located within the college's humanities and fine arts
division, LWC's English program allows students to concentrate in
one of four areas: literature, journalism, writing and education.
All English majors receive a broad-based education, which Shanklin
said makes them particularly attractive to many prospective
"A person with an English degree can do just about any kind of
job because of the kind of skills they get with an English major --
writing skills, critical-thinking skills, cultural literacy,"
Shanklin said. "The skills our majors get are applicable across all
kinds of employment fields.
"I suspect there are a lot of businesses who would prefer
someone with an English degree rather than something focused
because they are going to want to train that person for their
business. If that person has multiple skills -- cultural literacy,
writing, critical thinking, reading skills -- they are going to
have a better chance at being successful in a job."
Shanklin's area of specialty is 19th & 20th century
British literature, but he has also translated ancient Greek
literature and poetry by 19th-century French author Victor
Shanklin said he was attracted to Lindsey Wilson because of
the college's strong sense of mission.
"What I like about being at Lindsey Wilson is the commitment
that it takes to be here and the support we get from colleagues and
the administration," he said.