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Idaho State University

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.


Monday, Sept. 9th 5:30-6:30 pm in the Bengal Cafe. Poet Lauren Camp will be giving a reading. Her book One Hundred Hungers (2016) won the very prestigious Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd 3:30-4:45 pm in LA 160 (Black Rock & Sage office). Black, Rock, & Sage will be holding a book club event.  There will be snacks and a lively discussion of the selected page turner.

Friday, Nov. 15th 4:00-7:00 pm in REND 213. BR&S Fall Write-A-Thon. Come and join your peers in finishing up those writing projects with prizes and food available.



Special recognition this week to the members and faculty advisors of the department's four student clubs for creating such inviting tables at Wednesday's Student Involvement Fair. The four student clubs are: Black Rock and Sage (the journal of ISU student creative works), the English Graduate Students Association, Philosophy Club, and the newest student-initiated club, the Jane Austen Literary Society.

Lydia Wilkes, Assistant Professor of English, participated in four conferences this summer. She presented at a roundtable on the ethics and labor of live tweeting at the Computers and Writing conference at Michigan State University (June 20-22, 2019) and she presented a poster, “What WPAs Need to Know to Prepare Writing Teachers to Work with Military-Affiliated Students," at the Council of Writing Program Administrators conference in Baltimore in July 2019. She also participated in workshops and working groups at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, "Project in Power, Place, and Publics: Rhetorical Cartographies UNR Campus Master Plan," at University of Nevada Reno (May 20-23, 2019) and the 8th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute at the University of Maryland College Park (June 6-8, 2019).

Amanda Zink, Associate Professor of English, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she served on a review panel for National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship proposals.

Brent Wolter, Professor of English, has been appointed to a newly created position in the College of Arts and Letters, Associate Dean for Advance Opportunities and Enrollment Initiatives. Brent will be working on initiatives related to enrollment and retention.  He also recently presented a paper entitled "Productive collocations in the second language: What accounts for learner choices?" at the Vocab@Leuven conference in Leuven, Belgium. The Vocab@ conferences are held every three years and bring together leading international researchers in the field of second language vocabulary acquisition.

Jessica Winston, Professor of English, recently published two performance reviews:  “John Bale’s King John (Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe), directed by Russell Bender at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury, UK,” in Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with the Records of Early English Drama; and “Outsiders and Others: The Utah Shakespeare Festival Summer Season 2018,” a review of USF’s productions of Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Henry VI, Part 1, in the journal Early Modern Culture. 


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