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Patricia Sawin | Chair, American Studies
326 Greenlaw

Seth Kotch | Director of Graduate Studies
Greenlaw 228

Gabrielle Berlinger | Director of Undergraduate Studies
515 Greenlaw

Jennifer Washington | Associate Chair for Business Operations
919-962-5483 | Greenlaw 210
Oversees the fiscal and personnel management for the department. Directs hiring, recruitment, human resources, scheduling, budgeting, & project management, as well as day-to-day functions for the Department.

Cheryl Siler-Jones | Associate Business Manager
919-962-6248 | Greenlaw 208
Manages the Student Services Team (consisting of Graduate Student Services Manager, Departmental Registrar and Undergraduate Student Services Manager, Departmental Program Coordinators for Creative Writing, Writing Program, HHIVE Lab, LMC, Latino/a Studies). Assists Associate Chair of Business Operations with the day-to-day operations of the combined business unit and ensures continuous operation of the business unit in times of increased workload or the absence of the Associate Chair of Business Operations; assists with all matters including human resources, direct hiring, recruitment, scheduling, budgeting, & project management. Oversees hiring of all SHRA and EHRA student hiring; Serves as the Departmental TIM Administrator, Departmental Summer School Manager, Departmental Access Coordinator, Departmental Work Study HR Hiring Manager, and one of the Departmental I-9 Agents.

Richard A. Taylor | Office Manager
919-962-2312| Greenlaw 204
Hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Oversees front office operations, manages Work-Study students, assists Business Officer with building management project management, and maintains the AMST Website, AMST intranet site, and the ECL intranet site. He also does many day-to-day functions of the Department.

Robin Samuels | Accountant
919-843-9676 | Greenlaw 207-B
Hours: 8:00 am-6:30 pm, Mon-Thurs
Oversees reimbursements (research, travel, & recruitment), coordinate travel & events, accounting & budgeting for the Department.

Linda Horne | Accounting Associate
919-962-1055 | Greenlaw 202
Hours: 7:30 am-12:30 pm, Tues-Fri
Handles reimbursements (research, travel, & recruitment) and coordinates travel & events for the Department.

Ali Carson | Greenlaw Graduate Studies
919-962-1454 | Greenlaw 204b
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Serves as 1st point of contact for Graduate Program. Maintains Graduate Database. Handles all Fellowships and Awards. Enroll eligible students in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GShip). Processes Waiver of Hours forms. Processes tuition remissions. Process Admissions and Degree Applications. Process employment/payroll actions and tuition payments for all eligible graduate students who teach or serve in year-long research assistant positions. Handles all ePar processing for hire, SWB, and RWB of TF’s, TA’s, and RA’s. Works with Program Coordinator, Supervisor, and Business Officer to coordinate information needed to communicate during Orientation to all new and returning Grad Students; please email: Greenlaw Graduate Studies Office at

Blair Killian | Executive Associate to the Chairs Event Coordinator
919-962-4061 | Greenlaw 202
Executive Associate to the Chair of English & Comparative Literature and the Events Coordinator for the Department. Duties include performing and consulting on scheduling, planning guidelines for new events, events coordination, budgeting, project management, and communications.

Michael Meznar | Departmental Registrar
Departmental Registrar and Undergraduate Student Services Manager

919-962-5484 | Greenlaw 200
Oversees class registration for both departments.

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English & Comparative Literature Program Coordinator. Writing and Creative Writing, English Honors, Literature Medicine, and Culture, Latina/o Studies, and the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship.
919-962-6248 | 203 Greenlaw
Office Hours: Office Hours:
English Programs Coordinator working primarily with the Writing and Creative Writing programs. Oversees each semester’s graduate teaching assignment process, coordinates creative writing events, programs, awards, and assists with registration. Provides data and program support to the Latina/o undergraduate and LMC graduate programs. Coordinates the year-long English honors process and the Thomas Wolfe full-ride scholarship application process.