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Graduate Program in English

The Department of English offers several graduate degrees across 4 subdisciplines: Creative Writing (MFA); Literature (MA emphasis and PhD), Rhetoric and Composition (MA Emphasis and PhD, and Teaching English as a Second Language (MA). The NEO MFA program is the only consortial program in the U.S., providing students with the opportunity to work with a large and robust faculty in all genres of creative writing and translation. The Literature programs introduce students to three overlapping areas of study—textual studies, psychoanalytic studies, and studies in cosmopolitanism. Our MA in TESL uniquely offers students the opportunity to work directly with ESL students in our ESL Center here and in TOEFL programs abroad to develop their expertise. Leading the discipline, the rhetoric and composition program with its focus on Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice, encourages students to do basic research in situated writing that can inform practices inside and outside the academy.

Spotlight on Alumni

Robert Samuels, Ph.D. Publications include: 

  • New Media, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies after Postmodernity (Palgrave, forthcoming 2009); 
  • Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance (Palgrave, 2007); 
  • Integrating Hypertextual Subjects: Computers, Composition, and Academic Labor (Hampton Press, 2006); 
  • Writing Prejudices (SUNY Press, 2000); Hitchcock's Bi-Textuality (SUNY Press, 1998); 
  • Between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1993). Is NTT at UCLA.

Shawn St. Jean, Ph.D.,

  • Pagan Dreiser: Songs from American Mythology.  Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press / London: Associate University Presses, 2001. 
  • Assistant Professor of English, State University of New York, Brockport

Therese Higgins, Ph.D., Published: Religiosity, Cosmology, and Folklore: The African Influence in the Novels of Toni Morrison.  New York and London: Routledge, 2001.
Jonathan Katz is the Director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Kerrie Haskamp Farkas, Ph.D.

  • Asistant professor of English, Millersville University, Millersville, PA
  • Director of the Center for Public Scholarship, Civic & Community Engagement, and Research Project at Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

Stephenson, Hunter J., Ph.D. 

  • Assistant Professor, English, University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • Forecasting opportunity:  Kairos, production, and writing.  (2005).  Lanham, MD:  University Press of America. 
  • Currently developing a professional writing MA for U. Houston.

Jeffrey Perry, PhD, 

  • Assistant Professor and Writing Center Director, North Carolina Wesleyn College
  • "Toward a New Theory of Classroom Writing Assessment." in the Sage Handbook of Writing Development. 
  • "Critical Validity Inquiry." in Socially Progressive Research Methodologies. Eds. K. Powell and P. Takayoshi. New York: Routledge.

Christa Teston, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Writing Arts, Rowan University
  • “A Grounded Investigation of Genred Guidelines Invoked as Evidence During Cancer Care Deliberations.” Written Communication 26(3) 
  • “Considering Confidentiality in Research Design: Developing Heuristics to Chart the Un-chartable.” In Socially Progressive Research Methodologies for the Study of Writing and Literacy. Eds. Pamela Takayoshi & Katie Powell, forthcoming.
Public Good

Our graduate programs in English studies develop our students’ capabilities as scholars, teachers, and writers to investigate, understand, and enhance functions of language that are essential in human affairs.  These functions of language include

  • Communicating with others and achieving a meeting of minds despite differences,
  • Understanding and articulating how the material and social worlds work and how to operate within them, contribute to them, and effect change within them, and
  • Understanding, forming, and re-forming ourselves and others.

Each graduate program contributes to this cultural and social work, developing advanced language, literacy, and literary practices that are essential for responsible, productive, and fulfilling global citizenship in the twenty-first century.

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