Welcome to the English Department at NIU! We offer courses in literature, linguistics, English education, film, ESL (English as a Second Language), and rhetoric as well as in creative, technical, and professional writing. Students in our department learn the analytical skills employers value, and they engage in conversations about critical issues. Our study abroad programs in Dublin and Oxford win rave reviews from participants, while internships present opportunities to gain professional experience.
Roundtable on the topic of applying to graduate school will be held in Reavis 211 from 4:00 to 5:00. Featured guests participating via skype will be two of our M.A. graduates in linguistics, Dr. Camilla Vasquez (Associate Professor, University of South Florida) and Dr. Whitney Chappell (Assistant Professor, University of Texas El Paso). Our Director of Graduate Studies in English, Dr. Mark Van Wienen, will moderate, and the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee will be represented by Dr. John Schaeffer.
This I Believe Reading
Students in the first-year writing program will be reading from their works in Cole Auditorium on Tuesday, December 3, at 4 pm. The essays will be responses to the “This I Believe” prompt.
Department Holiday Party
This year’s department holiday party will be held from two to four in the afternoon on December 11 in Reavis 211. Come one, come all! Bring a dish to share or volunteer for set up or clean up.
Professorial Faculty Meeting
The professorial faculty will meet on Friday, January17, from 11 to 1 in Reavis 211. The agenda will include revised teaching protocols and proposals from the graduate studies committee.
PhD Graduate Reunion
We will be holding a reunion dinner for graduates of our PhD program on Saturday, March 29. Faculty members are encouraged to save the date so they can enjoy this opportunity to see former students.
This year’s MCLLM conference will take place on March 28 and 29. This year’s focus is “What We Do: English and Communication in Theory and Practice.” The deadline for paper submissions is January 31. A full call for papers is available at
Illinois State University’s English Department and English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta are co-sponsoring the fourth annual English Studies at Large Conference on Saturday, February 8th, 2014. This
conference is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to present critical work in all areas of English Studies, engage in conversation with other students from multiple universities in the region, and
experience the intellectual excitement of a conference in an inviting setting.
Unity in Diversity Essay Contest Winners
Congratulations to the 2013 Unity in Diversity winning essayists and their superb teachers!
Newman Featured as Top Chicago Poet
Amy Newman was featured by CBS as one of the Chicago area’s top poets:
Jeffrey Einboden is signing a contract with Oxford University Press for
a monograph titled "The Islamic Lineage of Literary America." His book
will uncover Islam's formative impact on U.S. literary origins, tracing
domestic genealogies of Arabic and Persian influence, extending from the
Revolution to Reconstruction. The monograph is likely to appear in