In July, Dr. Leonardo Flores will assume the position of chair for the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University.

Flores joins Appalachian from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), where he has been interim director of English since 2017. Prior to this appointment, Flores served as associate dean of assessment and educational technologies at UPRM, a position he held for four years before accepting a yearlong Fulbright at the University of Bergen in Norway to focus on his work in digital culture.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Dr. Flores to his new role as the department chair of English. His administrative experience as well as his scholarly background will serve the department well,” said Dr. Neva J. Specht, dean of Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences.

A leading voice in digital humanities, Flores has earned accolades for his scholarly and creative achievements in the burgeoning fields of electronic literature and digital media criticism, including editing “Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3,” the world’s largest repository of literature written expressly for digital presentation and consumption.

Flores’ articles have appeared in such journals as Metaphor, the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Cultural Studies Review and others, as well as in edited collections such as The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media and “Electronic Literature: Contexts, Forms, and Practices.”

In July, Flores will begin his three-year term as president of the Electronic Literature Organization while continuing to serve on the steering committee for the Red de Literatura Electrónica Latinoamerica.

In addition to his substantial administrative experience and cutting-edge scholarly profile, Flores — who earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Maryland, College Park — brings to Appalachian a commitment to pedagogical innovation and interdisciplinary studies, having developed courses such as his Digital Humanities Internship at the intersection of literature, writing technologies and media.

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Article written by Ellen Gwin Burnette, courtesy of Appalachian State University