English Department


English Department updates regarding COVID-19

March 17, 2020

Hello! Thank you for visiting the English department webpage. As you know, the COVID-19 situation has brought on many rapid changes. However, our desire to promote student learning and success has not changed! Please take a moment to read the following information items:

The English Department Office:

As of March 17, faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely. This means that the English department office will be closed. Because of this, phone calls do not give you the most effective way of contacting us; if you do need to call, though, the number is (310) 243-3222.

Contact Information:

Generally speaking, e-mail gives you the best way to contact us. Of course, if you have a question regarding your English class, you should contact your instructor directly. If you want more general information and want to e-mail the department, it’s a good idea to include both of our secretaries and the department chair and/or the associate chair:

One of us will get back to you as soon as we can.


We will of course continue to advise students as best we can. All students should seek advising at least once during the semester, especially those who anticipate graduating soon. The following information may help:
  • Comprehensive Exams, M.A. Literature & Rhet/Comp: The exams will take place the week of April 13th. If the campus is still closed to in-person instruction, they will be conducted remotely. Please contact Dr. Best at dbest@csudh.edu to make sure she has your correct email information and with any questions.
  • Comprehensive Exams, M.A. TESL: The exams will take place on April 29. If the campus is still closed to in-person instruction, they will be conducted remotely. Please contact Dr. Zoerner at ezoerner@csudh.edu with any questions.
  • English Education Majors: For those of you seeking subject matter certification, Dr. Best is still accepting portfolios, and your interviews can be done remotely. The paperwork for your certification, however, will most likely be done after this crisis is over, since it requires wet signatures and a typed form. Please contact Dr. Best with any questions or issues.
  • English Literature Majors or Minors: Please contact your faculty advisor via email (all tenure and tenure-track faculty do advising). We can do grad checks and tell you what major classes you need over email. If you have any problems contacting an advisor, or if you have concerns or issues about graduating on time, please contact Dr. Best, Dr. Huth, or Dr. Zoerner, and they will assist you.
  • Language and Linguistic Majors or Minors: Please contact Dr. Zoerner with any advising questions or concerns.

We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to serving you.

Ed Zoerner, Department Chair

Graduation Writing Exam

Graduation Writing Exam test dates have been suspended. Please check regularly for updates about future testing dates https://www.csudh.edu/tltc/testing-center/

Request for Withdrawals extended to April 10

Students can get email permission from the instructor and chair, then forward that thread to Associate Dean Tim Caron at tcaron@csudh.edu. After approval students can then forward those messages to Admissions and Records to process the drop. The $10 can be paid online through their CSUDH portal.

Pro-Rated Parking Spring 2020

Parking Services will issue pro-rated spring semester parking refunds to students in response to the COVID-19 disruption of in-person, on-campus instruction. For full details, visit the Parking Services website.

Financial Aid

At this time, Financial Aid will continue to follow their current guidelines. For any further updates, please check the Financial Aid website

Laptop Loaner Program

The Division of Information Technology (DTI) recognizes a computer can be an essential learning tool not everybody has a computer of their own. The Technology Loaner Program provides a variety of devices, ranging from iPads to laptops on a first-come, first-serve basis to all currently, enrolled CSUDH students.

Toro Pantry

The mission of the Toro Food Pantry is to assist and support CSUDH students who may experience food challenges, such as skipping one or more meals per day. At no cost, CSUDH students are able to receive 1 bag of food per household. The pantry is located in the Meditation Room at LSU Room 238.

For more information, please visit the Toro Food Pantry

Free Spectrum Internet for 60 days

Beginning Monday, March 16, we’ll offer free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't currently have internet or WiFi service. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. We’ll waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started.

For more information, please visit Spectrum COVID-19 Education webpage