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Dr. Sarah Alderfer

English Department Chair

English Department



  • A.A., Southeastern Illinois College
  • B.A. in English, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • M.A. in English, Old Dominion University
  • Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I come from a long line of teachers. My dad was a teacher, and his dad was a teacher. His dad’s dad was a teacher, too, and so were several aunts and uncles. I first stepped into a classroom to teach when I was a graduate student in 2001 and I have loved it ever since. At VU, I’ve taught basic writing classes, first-year composition, World Fiction, Introduction to Literature, and English literature surveys. I love that teaching at VU gives me the chance to work closely with students to help them become better writers!