Welcome to Purdue Graduate Studies in English!
We are a diverse, robust, and challenging program of graduate study—and remain among the best English departments for graduate studies in the country. In fact, we’re consistently ranked among the best. In 2017 alone, we hosted the illustrious Margaret Atwood at our Literary Awards program, graduated 46 new MA, MFA, and PhD students into the world with a 64% job placement rating among new PhDs. This year we welcome two new faculty members; award-winning poet Kaveh Akbar (Assistant Professor) and Terese Mailhot (Visiting Assistant Professor), the best-selling author of Heart Berries: A Memoir.
In the Purdue English department, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) have opportunities to teach introductory composition in our renowned ICaP program, as well as apply for other teaching opportunities in professional writing, film studies, literature courses, creative writing, and more. In addition, research fellowships and other TA positions—such as working for the Purdue OWL, on-campus writing lab, or CROW (Corpus & Repository of Writing) Lab—offer alternative, valuable academic opportunities. And new roles are always opening up. For example, in 2017-18, the prestigious academic journal, Modern Fiction Studies, housed here at Heavilon Hall, introduced its own one-year teaching assistantship, awarded to an incoming grad student who demonstrates “outstanding potential in 20th-and/or 21-st century literary studies.” (Find out more about this new MFS position.)
And never be without your Grad Manual!
(Mentors, you can always start with our mentoring cheat sheet!)