Fast Facts

Ph.D. Program

  • 21 graduates, 2 expected to graduate in Summer 2012
  • 31 current students (15 full-time, 16 part-time)
  • 5 Ford Diversity Fellowships, past and present
  • 15 currently on departmental fellowship
  • 2 University Teaching Fellows
  • 4 admitted in Fall 2011

M.A. Program

  • 73 part-time and full-time students
  • 30 students admitted in 2011-2012

Creative Writing Certificate

  • 12 graduates

Undergraduate Program

  • 571 students in the Primary Major
  • 26 students in the Secondary Major
  • 105 students in the Creative Writing Concentration
  • 14 students in the English Language Arts & Reading Concentration (2010-2012 catalog only)
  • 59 students in the Professional Writing Concentration
  • 24 students in the Minor in English Literature

Graduate Student Publications

  • 40 conference presentations in 2009-2010
  • 7 publications in 2009-2010
  • 2 chapbooks
  • 4 book chapters forthcoming
  • 11 entries in Norton Anthology of African American Literature Online Student Guide
  • Numerous poems

Selected Recent Faculty Honors and Awards

  • Norma Cantú: National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar of the Year, 2008
  • Wendy Barker: Two-time winner of the Violet Crown Book Award
  • Ben Olguín: International Latino book Prize for Poetry Translation (with Omar Vasquez Barboza) 2008
  • Steve Kellman: Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, 2007
  • Mark Allen: Modern Language Association Prize for a Distinguished Bibliography 2003-4

International Reputation of Our English Faculty

  • Debbie López & Jeanne Reesman: Fulbright Scholars (two of 10 Fulbrights awarded)
  • Norma Cantú: Cátedra Laboris at the Universidad de Monterrey 2008; Teaches at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain.
  • Bridget Drinka: Lecture tour in Japan, sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 2008
  • Joycelyn Moody: Keynote address at the University of Valencia, Spain, 2008
  • Bernadette Andrea: Invited presentation at University of Exeter, 2009; Early Modern Women Book Award, Honorable Mention, 2008.

Cross-cultural, transnational focus of the Ph.D.

  • Latina/o literature: our central thrust: 3 faculty; every student participates
  • African American literature and linguistics: 2 endowed chairs; 1 faculty
  • Native American literature: 1 faculty

Rhetoric-Composition and Professional Writing focus of the Ph.D.

  • 2 faculty specialists, 11 Ph.D. students with Rhetoric-Composition focus

Creative Writing Program

  • Graduate Creative Writing Certificate and Creative Theses growing
  • 5 Faculty specialists, also teaching literature
  • American Letters and Commentary (co-edited by David Ray Vance and Catherine Kasper)

Literary and Linguistic Studies

  • 8 literature specialists and 2 linguists cover a wide array of theoretical issues, genres, and periods, across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum
  • M.A. uses an expanded canon, providing a foundation in literary study

Community Outreach

  • Tutoring Initiative with Clark H.S. for African resettlement students
  • Prison outreach
  • Guadalupe Arts Center: a graduate student brought together students from New York and San Antonio for two weeks of creative writing
  • Cultural enrichment for the community: Actors from the London Stage
  • Enlightenment across disciplines: Brackenridge Lectures
  • Creative Writing Reading Series
  • African American Studies Symposium and African American Women’s Language Symposium
  • African American Literatures and Cultures Institute (AALCI)
  • Sagebrush Review literary journal editorship & production

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