Graduate Program in English

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 the National Research Council rankings.

We have recently reported on our excellent job placement record.  Our current CLAS Graduate English Placement Assessment chart is available 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.

Please explore and enjoy this website and engage with us in our Community of Scholars.

Victoria Ford Smith, Director of Graduate Studies


Director of Graduate Studies

victoria ford smith

Victoria Ford Smith
Office: Austin 122
Phone: (860) 486-3959

Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Bhakti Shringarpure
Office: Austin 224
Phone: (860) 486-2356

Administrative Services Specialist

Mary Udal
Office: Austin 234
Phone: (860) 486-2329