Bette London, professor of English at the University of Rochester, has been
named to the executive committee of the Association of Departments of English.
The association is a professional development network, sponsored by the Modern Language Association of America, for chairs of college and university English departments throughout the United States and Canada. It provides information, reports, and policy statements on issues such as curriculum, funding, graduate education, staffing, evaluation of teaching and scholarship, the use of adjunct faculty members, and other matters. Its membership encompasses nearly 750 English departments, writing programs, and humanities divisions. The executive committee is composed of 12 members and meets twice a year.
London, who just completed two three-year terms as chair of the English department, teaches courses in 19th and 20th century British literature and women's fiction. She is the author of The Appropriated Voice: Narrative Authority in Conrad, Forster, and Woolf and Writing Double: Women's Literary Partnerships, and has published articles on the Brontės, Joseph Conrad, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and feminist criticism.
London received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and has been on the faculty of the University of Rochester since 1984.