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photo of doctor Roberta Trites

Congratulations to Dr. Roberta Trites

for winning the Children's Literature Association's 2023 Anne Devereaux Jordan Award!

Edcel Cintron Gonzalez posing with his award plaque in front of a projector announcing him as the winner of the Outstanding Student Social Media Manager Award
Photo of book titled 'Memetic Rhetorics Toward a Toolkit for Ethical Meming'
Photo of book titled 'Let America Be America Again'
K. Aaron Smith pictured holding his new book, 'A New Form-Function Grammar of English' and smiling.
Front cover of book, Misogyny in English Departments, by Amy E. Robillard.  With a Subheading that reads: Obligation, Entitlement, Gaslighting
Front Cover of book, Mimola or the story of a casket.
Front cover of book, Reform and Literacy Education.
Photo of Professor Steven Kagle, Emeritus

Steven Kagle

A sad farewell to a dear colleague and friend, Professor Emeritus Steve Kagle. Professor Kagle taught American literature, science fiction, and creative writing.

Students listening a lecture in a computer hall.

The Publications Unit

Downstate Legacies, FC2, Obsidian, and more! The Publications Unit with the Department of English provides professional & hands-on experience for students in the program!

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Diversity & Inclusion

The Department of English prides itself on a commitment to diversity and inclusion in its students, professors, and curriculum.

Learn about our commitment to diversity

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Quotes from Students

Dylan Maroney, Junior, English

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.

Alexa Parker, Junior, English & Anthropology

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.

Mason McCoy, Senior, Publishing

Coming out of high school unsure about what I wanted to do, I find myself picking up skills that make me a more marketable professional and will help me find a job in whatever field I decide to make a career in.