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English and Philosophy

Student writing on the quad in the fall

Our department offers small classes and award-winning faculty.  English students focus on literature, professional writing, or creative writing, while Philosophy majors take traditional or pre-law tracks.  Our M.A., TESOL certificate, and Ph.D. in  English and the Teaching of English prepare graduate students for careers in higher education.

See what courses are offered in our Course Booklet (Fall 2019 offerings) or visit our program page.


Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24: LA Building Book Sale 12:00- 2:30 pm in LA 244. Paperback books are 25 cents and hardback books are 50 cents. There may also be some free selections.

Wednesday, May 1st: Composition Essay Winners Ceremony, 12:00-1:00 pm in LA 244.

Thursday, May 2nd: Department Undergraduate Student Graduation Celebration, 1:00-2:30 pm in LA 244.

Thursday, May 2nd: Black Rock & Sage Launch Party 5:30-7:00 pm in the Wood River Room of the PSUB. Come hear our rapid fire performances as we celebrate the publication of our 2019 issue.

Friday, May 3rd: Department Graduate Student Graduation Celebration, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm at the Winston/Skidmore residence.


*Due to LA building construction over the summer, the events section will be "on break" until the Fall semester begins in August 2019.


Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Professor of English, delivered a public lecture at the School of Critical Studies, Glasgow University, on April 4. Her topic was "Wolves and Blood: Using Legend and Folktale in Literature." Graduate students in the school's Fantasy Program tweeted the lecture at

Dr. Alan Johnson, Professor of English, has just published an article: “Teaching Ghosh in an Upper-Level, Single-Author English Course.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh, ed. Gaurav Desai, John Hawley. Modern Language Association April 2019, pp.174-85.

Dr. Evan Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has just returned from presenting his paper "Structure and Aim in Socratic and Sophistic Method" at the Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy conference at Villanova University.

Dr. Lydia Wilkes, Assistant Professor of English, presented a paper, “Transgender Veteran Performances in and out of the Classroom," at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in March.  She was also invited to speak about the future of first-year composition at the Conference on “Futures of Rhetcomp” at Indiana University-Bloomington on April 5-6. She presented “Fiery Futures for First Year Composition?: Revising the Firefighter Metaphor Toward Sustainability.” 

Dr. Elise Barker’s, Adjunct Instructor in English, poem “Intravenous Nutrition” has been published in the Zingara Poetry Review. You can find it at the following link:

Noran Amin, PhD student, has won 2nd place in the 3MT (three-minute thesis category) at the Graduate Research Symposium, and the graduate school awarded her $100! She competed with 15 graduate students from different academic disciplines. Although it was an intense experience, she took the challenge to make the department proud.

Paul Williams PhD student, published an encyclopedia entry on Animorphs in the book Aliens in Popular Culture which was edited by Michael Levi and Farah Mendlesohn.

Ryan Topper, 2013 MA in English from ISU, completed his PhD in English from University of Leeds in 2018 and has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor focusing on global Anglophone literature at Western Oregon University. He will begin his position in fall 2019.

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