Redbirds pose together at the Children's Literature Association Conference

Redbirds flock together at national conference.

Faculty, current Children's Literature graduate students, and alums of the ISU English Department's Children's Literature Program gather at the 2019 Children's Literature Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Members of the English Major Advisory Board pose for a picture

Student leaders shine on English Major Advisory Board

Members of the recently established English Major Advisory Board serve the department by contributing their perspectives on the major and making suggestions for its revision. Members in the photo (l-r): Riley Bloom, Denzel Mitchem, Mallory Strauch, Rachel Seitz, and Laura Kimlinger.

Book 'We find Ourselves in Other People's Stories' laying flat on a table.
Front Cover of book, Mimola or the story of a casket.
Front cover of book, Reform and Literacy Education.
Picture of student Naudia Williams.

Illinois State student Naudia Williams named America’s Best College Poet

English Education major Eliana Ladas

Ladas awarded Undergraduate Research Support Program grant.

English education major Eliana Ladas was awarded a highly competitive Undergraduate Research Support Program grant for a summer 2020 research project with Dr. Danielle Lillge. Her project was entitled “Critical Assessment Design: Conversations in Community on Socially Just ELA Instruction.” Eliana and the research team conducted over 65 surveys and interviews, gathering data from recent graduates, mentor teachers, and field instructors. The analysis of these data will enable Eliana and the research team to contribute research to ongoing program revision and national conversations through future presentations and publications.

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Quotes from the Students

"The best thing that I've experienced in the Illinois State University English Department is the compassion that the faculty have for their students. Whether it be offering scholarly assistance, giving advice on getting a job or internship, or providing a guiding hand, they help ensure the current and future success of their students."

—Dylan Maroney, Junior, English


"Being in Illinois State University's English Studies program has been amazing. There are so many course offerings to explore and so many new interests to discover. The vast range of courses has really benefited me, as I am a double major, and thus I can better tailor my academic experience to fit my unique plan."

—Alexa Parker, Junior, English & Anthropology


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—Mason McCoy, Senior, Publishing