University of Idaho faculty members in the Department of English are accomplished authors with nationally recognized expertise in creative writing, composition, English education, technical writing, British literature, American literature and linguistics. Faculty members have been awarded nationally competitive awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts (NEH/NEA) Fellowships. Current Department of English faculty projects include:
- Arthurian themes in video games
- Rhetorics of global warming
- Cultural history of Nez Perce jazz bands
- Interface between the humanities and the sciences
- Gothic literature in the 19th century
Sigma Tau Delta, Eta Chi Chapter: An honor society for students of the English language and literature, in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. Members host department events, work on a community service project, publish in a literary magazine and attend a national conference.
Thesis: Each candidate for the M.A. will complete and orally defend a thesis.
Teaching Assistantship (T.A.): Paid T.A. positions are competitively available to graduate students in the Department of English. Assistants teach three sections of freshman composition per year under the supervision of the director of writing.
Teaching Practicum: Graduate students can earn credit for apprenticing with a faculty member in teaching undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Literary Genres, Surveys of British and American Literature, or Business/Technical Writing.
Fugue Literary Journal: A nationally recognized literary magazine of poems, essays, stories, interviews and artwork, edited by students in the M.F.A. program, often with the assistance of graduate students in other programs. Recent contributors to Fugue include Melanie Rae Thon, Stephen Dunn, Philip Levine, Franz Wright and Terrance Hayes.
Public Readings: Students have numerous opportunities to attend poetry and fiction public readings on campus and in the surrounding community. Recent visiting writers include Billy Collins, Patricia Hampl, Yiyun Li, Tony Hoagland, Chris Abani and David James Duncan.
Writing Center: A collaborative learning program dedicated to providing one-on-one assistance to student writers. Graduate students may be selected to work as tutors.