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For a list of the 83rd Annual Literary Award winners click here.


Kyle Vealey, a graduate student in our Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. program, has received the Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 2014, which is Purdue’s highest award for outstanding graduate student TAs. 

Arkady Plotnitsky is the recipient of the 2014 Liberal Arts Discovery Excellence Award for the Humanities.  This award represents the College’s highest recognition for outstanding scholarship and achievement in the humanities.

Three faculty members from English have received honors for their outstanding teaching: Dorrie Armstrong and Chris Lukasik are among the winners of CLA’s 2013-14 Kenneth T. Kofmehl Undergraduate Teaching Awards, and Robyn Malo has been recognized with a 2013-14 CLA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher.

The March 24, 2014, issue of the New Yorker includes one of Marianne Boruch’s poems, titled “Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, Back from the Dead, Talking Endlessly on a Tiny TV.”

Thomas Rickert’s new book, Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being, has won the 2014 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication in the monograph category.  Thomas’s award was presented to him on March 21, 2014, at the CCCC Convention in Indianapolis.


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.