English Graduate Studies at UConn
Welcome to our Community of Scholars! We hope that this website will welcome and inform prospective and new members of our community, and continue to engage and update our current students, faculty, and staff.
We are proud to be among the nation’s highest-ranked doctoral programs and to be the top public doctoral program in the Northeast, according to rankings of the National Research Council. For more information on our rankings, please click here.
We value our sense of community because we believe that a convergence of expert, caring, and interesting scholars at every level, from undergraduates to emeriti faculty, will promote the holistic development of our graduate students. We stress professional development in scholarship, teaching, and career preparation. Our approximately sixty faculty members provide intellectual excitement as they share their expertise and enthusiasm through their seminars and their supervision of independent work and dissertations. In addition, we stress the development of future college teachers through a seminar on pedagogy and through the mentored teaching of courses from freshman composition through upper-level literature courses. Our graduate students prepare to enter the profession by taking courses in advanced research methods and professional development skills. We also offer an array of relevant and necessary workshops on topics such as publishing and grant writing. Our English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) provides professional and work/life support as well as fun. Our community of scholars is productive and successful as indicated by our consistently high placement rate of PhDs in tenure-track jobs despite a tough job market.
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Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
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Research Fellowships Announced
May 2, 2012. Congratulations to PhD candidates Mary Isbell (English), Pamela Longo (Medieval Studies), and Jeremy DeAngelo (Medieval Studies). All three have been awarded dissertation fellowships from the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute for the academic year 2012-13.
Graduate Students Win National Award
March 26, 2012. Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, one our English graduate students, and her co-author, Shan-Estelle Brown, a recent UConn anthropology PhD completer who worked in our Writing Center, have won the 2012 Award for Graduate Writing in WPA Studies from the Council of Writing Program Administrators. They received the award for their article "Addressing the Everyday Language of Oppression in the Writing Center," which appears in the most recent issue of The Writing Center Journal. Congratulations to Mandy and Shan-Estelle!
January 17, 2012. We have been saddened to learn of the recent passing of Karen Cajka, a UConn English PhD graduate. Professor Jean Marsden, one of Karen's mentors, gives this tribute: "Karen was not only a fine scholar of eighteenth-century women's literature, but an outstanding administrator who oversaw the CAP program with great success. She was greatly loved at Eastern Tennessee State University, where she ran the Women's Studies program and taught eighteenth-century literature."
2012 Aetna Critical Writing Awards Announced
October 2012. MA/PhD student Maria Seger has been named winner of UConn's 2012 Aetna Critical Writing Award, while English PhD students Emily Dolan and Mary Isbell have earned second and third prizes respectively. Many congratulations to all!