KU's English Department is at the core of the humanities, highlighting the "human" through our individual, one-on-one interactions with our students, our emphasis on community and global engagement, and our abiding interest in our shared humanity through the stories of others. We seek to challenge the mind and to engage the imagination of our students, to teach them to ask questions and to seek for answers.  We encourage them to grapple with the complexity of a culturally and commercially interconnected world and the global networks and processes of cultural exchange. We believe that words and ideas will shape the world. We teach our students life-long skills, so that they learn to write clearly, creatively, and effectively—discovering themselves even as they lay a solid foundation for professional success. We offer three tracks in the undergraduate English major: 1) literary studies, 2) language, rhetoric, and writing, and 3) creative writing.

KU's English Department has several core strengths that cross tracks and periods: Global and Cross-Cultural Approaches; Literature, Rhetoric, and Social Action; Diversity Studies; Language, Literature and Science; and Popular Expressive Forms. See our faculty in specific fields and areas of specialty.

Our department is renowned for its tradition of excellence in teaching. In the last ten years, faculty members in the department of English have won ten Kemper Fellowships for Excellence in Teaching, the most prominent teaching award at the University of Kansas. In addition, we have won two Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships, a Career Achievement Teaching Award, and a wide variety of other university teaching and advising awards. In 2003, our department received the Center of Teaching Excellence (CTE) award for Department Excellence in Teaching at the University of Kansas. In addition, in 2010 we were awarded a CTE Teaching Development Award.

At the KU English Department, students work closely with nationally-renowned writers and researchers (see our books here). Our faculty have won national awards that recognize excellence in research, including (since 2009 alone) four NEH grants, a Smithsonian Institution fellowship, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, and a Newberry Library fellowship, among others. In the past five years, English Department faculty members have also received major research funding from the University of Kansas, including four Hall Center for the Humanities Research fellowships and four Keeler Intra-University Fellowships for interdisciplinary work. Undergraduate students can work one-on-one with faculty mentors in the Honors Program, McNair Scholars Program, and Dean's Scholars Program, as well as through independent Directed Studies. Advanced graduate students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty members as research assistants.
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Sunday, March 8th PhD candidate Candice Wuehle reads at the Taproom. Open mic begins at 5pm.
Taproom Poetry Presents: Jessica Comola, Tim Earley, and Candice Wuehle
Join us in the basement of the Taproom for our March reading. This reading features visiting writers from Oxford, Mississippi, Jessica Comola and Tim Earley, both with new books out from Horse Less Press. Rounding out the lineup is local writer and KU grad student Candice Wuehle. Jessica Comola co-hosts the Trobar Ric Reading Series from Oxford, MS. Her first full-length book, Everything We Met Changed Form and Followed the Rest, will be published by Caketrain this fall. Her chapbook, What Kind of Howly Divine, came out from Horseless Press in 2014. Other recent work has appeared in jubilat, Caketrain, Smoking Glue Gun, Dreginald and Tenderloin. Tim Earley is the author of three collections of poems, Boondoggle, The Spooking of Mavens, and Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (Horse Less Press, 2014), along with the chapbooks Catfish Poems (Delete Press, 2013) and The Center Is Barbaric The Periphery Is Without Lights (DoubleCross Press, forthcoming). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sprung Formal, No Infinite, Gobbet, Typo, Sink Review, and the Hick Poetics Anthology (Lost Roads Press, 2015). He is an English instructor at the University of Mississippi. He is currently at work on a fourth book of poems, Malcolm Canmore/After Whiteface. Candice Wuehle is the author of curse words: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Book Press, coming soon). Some of her poems are in The Volta, The Colorado Review or PRELUDE, among others. She lives, reviews, studies and also edits for Beecher’s Magazine in Lawrence, Kansas.

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English department student award winners, Spring 2014

 

English PhD student Candice Wuehle wins a Chancellor's Fellowship Award.

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