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. Current department research projects include:
- Arthurian themes in video games
- Rhetorics of global warming
- Novels, memoirs and poetry of the American West
- Interface between the humanities and the sciences
- New media literacy
Sigma Tau Delta, Eta Chi Chapter: An honor society for students of 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.
Master of Arts in Teaching Project: You will develop a three-credit teaching project tailored to your professional goals. Projects may be in the form of a teaching plan that includes a collection of materials for a secondary school English course; or it may consist of materials that can be used by other teachers across grade levels; or it may be a classroom based study of some aspect of the writing process or of methods of teaching reading, writing or literature.
Teaching Assistantship (T.A.): Paid T.A. positions are 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.
Fugue Literary Journal: As a student in the Department of English, you may work on this nationally recognized, student-run literary magazine of poems, essays, stories, interviews and artwork. Recent contributors to Fugue include Melanie Rae Thon, Stephen Dunn, Philip Levine, Franz Wright and Terrance Hayes.
Public Readings: Students participate regularly in poetry and fiction public readings on campus and in the surrounding community.
Distinguished Visiting Writers Program: It brings three to five nationally recognized authors to campus each year to provide selected students with intensive instruction in poetry, fiction or nonfiction writing, both in workshop settings and in one-on-one sessions. Recent visiting writers include Billy Collins, Anne Beattie, 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.