Originally from California, Dr. Eurie Dahn attended UC Berkeley, and then obtained her PhD in English from the University of Chicago. She jokes that she keeps moving east in the United States, and soon she’ll end up in the Atlantic teaching on an island. She has been at Saint Rose for five years, and currently teaches African American Literature and Early 20th Century Literature for the undergraduate level, and is the M.A. Coordinator at the graduate level. I sat down with her in her office to chat a little bit about grad school and the English department at Saint Rose.
Why did you choose teaching?
My initial interest was English, and I pursued teaching after. I was nervous in grad school because you student teach at the end of your program, and I didn’t know what I would do if I didn’t like it. However, I went in on my first day with a Shakespeare class and loved it. I also like teaching because of the engagement with students. I was shy as a student, but I am not shy as a teacher. I don’t lecture; my courses are discussion based and interactive.
How do you prepare your students for the future?
When my graduate students come to class, they are already in the real world. I just prepare them to succeed. I teach them to be well informed, thoughtful, and produce excellent writing, as well as how to ‘see beneath the surface.’
Can you tell me about the Masters Programs in the English department?
Students who join the Masters of Arts program will specialize in either literature, composition, theory, digital media, or film, which most people don’t realize. They become critical thinkers and good researchers. They will complete an advanced project to finish out their program, based on a subject of their choosing. They have a faculty advisor for this. It is hard work but rewarding.
What are some benefits of attending Saint Rose?
Unlike some other schools, Saint Rose gives individual attention, and students like the one-on-one interactions with their professors. Also, the classes are smaller, which allows for more discussion based interactions and less lecturing. We value the student voice here.
Any advice for prospective students?
Always start early. Create a strong writing sample for your application, using research and evidence. Ask others for help and advice. Prospective students can contact me for help with creating a writing sample or statement of purpose at dahne at strose dot edu.