Contact Department of English

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

During the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, our priority remains the health and safety of NIU study abroad students. Our physical offices remain closed during the fall 2020 semester, but office staff will be working remotely and will address questions and queries as quickly as possible.

Please consult the following directory to best direct your questions. If you do not find an appropriate contact, please email with your questions.

General Department Mailing Address
     Department of English
     Northern Illinois University
     Dekalb IL 60115

Department Office, Reavis 215
Phone: 815-753-0611
Fax: 815-753-0606


Department Chair, Lara Crowley
Reavis Hall 216B 

Email us your questions!

Graduate Studies

Director, Scott Balcerzak
Reavis Hall 215A 

Office Support Specialist, Dawn Sibley
Reavis Hall 215 

Job Placement Advisor, Tim Ryan
Zulaf Hall 1006  

Undergraduate Studies Program   

Director, Melissa Adams-Campbell
Reavis Hall 214B 

Office Support Specialist, Dawn Sibley
Reavis Hall 215 

Book your virtual advising appointment

First Year Composition Program   

Director, Michael Day
Reavis Hall 215B 

Office Support Specialist, Dawn Galbreath 
Reavis Hall 215 


Who to Contact



First-Year Composition

  • Questions related to a First-Year Composition course (ENGL 102, 103, 103P, 203, or 204)? Email Dawn Galbreath at
  • Questions related to the Writer’s Workshop? Email Rosalind Bowers at

English as a Second Language (ESL) Center

Questions related to the ESL Center or ESL courses? Email Patricia Rickett at

Other Inquiries

  • Want to schedule a virtual meeting with someone? Locate that person's email in our directory and email them directly to schedule a mutually convenient time. 
  • Questions about another matter? Not sure whom to contact? Email or call 815-753-0612.