Student Spotlight: Zachary Lundgren
My name is Zach Lundgren and I’m from all over. I was born in northern California, grew up in Virginia, and received my Bachelor’s in Colorado and my Master’s in Florida. This is my second year in the doctoral program at ECU. I also love hiking, hockey, fishing, and I am an active creative writer.
What brought you to ECU?
The great faculty and the support to both teach and focus on my research. I love a program where we are encouraged to grow as both instructors and as academics.
What is your area of study and how did you first become interested in it?
I’m focused on environmental rhetorics, rhetoric of science, and specifically climate change rhetoric. These interests grew from my passion for the outdoors and courses in science and technology studies (STS) I took as a Master’s student. I also believe that climate change is the most pressing issue of our modern day and it is in critical need of rhetorical study and focus.
What are your goals after graduation?
A tenure-track professor position at a research-focused university
What has been most exciting/rewarding about your time in the English department?
Simply interacting with the great faculty and fellow students and the ability to grow and share ideas. We have an excellent population of diverse and intelligent minds here.
What recognitions/achievements in your ECU career are you most proud of and why?
Being recommended for a position within the Chancellor’s office and being elected DESO president were both great honors. Oh yeah, and we also came in second in a sand volleyball tournament.
What would you say to someone considering coming to ECU to study English?
I’d say it’s a diverse, growing program with a lot of opportunities to really get involved and make a lasting impact. The people are great, the weather is fair, and the football can’t be beat.