Office: Curtin 418
English Department Business Manager
Christopher Hofland joined the Department as the Business Manager in August of 2018. Since 2008, he held several administrative positions related to finance and office management at the Peck School of the Arts and the Cashier’s Office. For over a decade he has also worked as an Assistant Manager at the historic Rivoli Theater in Cedarburg. Christopher received the B.A. in English at UWM in 2007 and the M.B.A. at Cardinal Stritch University in the summer of 2018.
Office: Curtin 433
Department and First-Year Composition Program Assistant
Brooke Barker is the department’s administrative assistant, who specializes in the Department’s First-Year Composition Program, which is the single largest curricular unit in English. Brooke serves as the first point of contact for much problem-solving with students and instructors, though she is often called from her desk to troubleshoot the two large printer-copier machines that seem to have minds of their own. Brooke’s office is usually the first stop for visitors and information seekers, who always find a warm greeting and helping hand there.
Office: Curtin 422
Alessandra Gillen (Alex)
English Graduate Studies Office
Alessandra Gillen (she prefers “Alex”) manages the Graduate Studies office in English. Our Department was the first Humanities unit to offer the doctorate at UWM, and today offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in five areas. Alex handles hundreds of inquiries each year from prospective applicants, oversees the admissions process, and stays current on the always shifting rules and regulations coming from UWM’s central Graduate School administration. Students and faculty trying to navigate the bureaucracy inevitably turn to Alex for solutions.