Spring 2014 Information
68 people were inducted into Purdue University's Book of Great Teachers, a list of our all-time teaching greats that is updated every five years to include new honorees from across the university. Of those 68, an unprecedented five came from a single department: ENGLISH. Please join us in congratulating Professors Janet Alsup, Margie Berns, Kristina Bross, Nancy Peterson and Charlie Ross.
The November 11, 2013, issue of the New Yorker includes the story “Benji” by our visiting fiction writer Chinelo Okparanta.
Elena Benedicto is a recipient of a 2014 Global Synergy Research Grant to support her research on “Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Modality Study of the Internal Structure of Motion Predicates.”
On October 23, the Online Writing Lab was presented with a 2013 Purdue Open Access Award from Purdue Libraries and the Provost’s Office in recognition of “the unique contribution it plays in the area of open education.” Accepting the award on behalf of the OWL were Linda Bergmann, Tammy Conard-Salvo, and Joshua Paiz.
Two faculty members in English are recipients of a 2014 Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts grant: Maren Linett for her research project on “Modernism and Disability” and Christopher Lukasik for his research project on “The Image in the Text.”
Manushag Powell has been approved as a University Faculty Scholar. This program recognizes outstanding faculty members who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction.
Dino Felluga and Angelica Duran were recently awarded the 2012-2013 Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. The Kofmehl is the highest honor granted by the College of Liberal Arts for undergraduate teaching.
English @ Purdue
Welcome to the website for the Department of English at Purdue University. We are a large and vibrant community dedicated to pursuing excellence in our current research and creative endeavors, to teaching and mentoring students—our graduate students, undergraduate majors, and students from across the university—to become outstanding writers and critical thinkers, and to promoting the value of English studies beyond the classroom by sponsoring speakers series, conferences, and forums on traditional and contemporary humanistic topics.
More than 60 faculty members work with 200 graduate students in English: we offer M.A. programs in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, English Language and Linguistics, and Second Language Studies/ESL; we have an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing; and we offer the Ph.D. in five areas: Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Second Language Studies/ESL, and Theory and Cultural Studies. Our undergraduate majors have the option of selecting from four B.A. programs: English (focused on literature), English Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. The top-tier scholarly journal Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies was founded in 1955 at Purdue, and our MFA graduate students publish Sycamore Review, a well-regarded literary magazine.
The Department makes significant contributions to the education of thousands of students from across the university by teaching courses in first-year composition, professional writing, creative writing, and literature, including courses listed in the Core Curriculum for Purdue and for the College of Liberal Arts. We are recognized nationally and internationally for our well-known Writing Lab and Online Writing Lab.
For additional information, please contact the Department's Main Office at 765-494-3740.