English and Journalism

Students at the 2009 Thesis Coloquium

English Graduate Students

Students in the Graduate Program in English are diverse in many ways. Many of our students are traditional full-time students who complete their degrees in two years and seek admission to doctoral programs. We also have a large number of part-time students, many teachers in high schools, for whom the MA in English offers excellent professional development. Many of our students are from Iowa and Illinois, though we do attract students from Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Russia, among other countries.

Our students have excellent opportunities to be involved in the Department’s intellectual life. Students are encouraged to participate in department governance, with students sitting on the writing and graduate committees, and student input valued in all department matters. The English Graduate Organization sponsors an annual conference, as well as other social events, and department.

News of recent graduates

We are happy to share this news of recent graduates:

  • Jane L. Carmen (2004): Went on to ISU as Sutherland Fellow in Fiction and is now in the fourth year of her Ph.D. in the Creative Writing Program.
  • Larry Berman (2008): First-year EdD student, Saint Louis University (6/2009).
  • Kristin Bivens (2003): Tenured at Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL (6/2009).
  • Dan Citro (2006): Second-year MFA student, on assistantship, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN (6/2009).
  • Zac Dilbeck (2008): Awarded assistantship in PhD program, Idaho State University (6/2009).
  • Janet Francisco (2007): Adjunct ESL instructor, Black Hawk College, Moline, IL (6/2009).
  • Kay Hamada (2008): Tenure-track academic adviser and PhD student, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (6/2009).
  • Chris Hazlett (2006): Third-year PhD student, on assistantship, University of Florida, Gainesville (6/2009).
  • Tom Irish (2002): Tenured Professor of English, Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, IL (6/2009).
  • Carolyn Rohner (2008): Second-year PhD student, on assistantship, Saint Louis University (6/2009).
  • Lindsay Schaefer (2007): Composition instructor and Coordinator of Graduate Writing, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA (6/2009).
  • Annie Schnarr (2009): Awarded assistantship in PhD program, University of California, Riverside (6/2009).
  • Joe Weinberg (2008): Second-year PhD student, on assistantship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (6/2009).

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