The English Department follows a transdisciplinary English Studies model of our discipline. The department consists of a series of areas, each with their own faculty and professional identities, and the vibrancy of the department emerges, in part, out of the conversations among faculty and students in these different areas.

Children's Literature

The Children’s Literature program has long embraced both literary and educational approaches to Children’s Literature. The program is cutting edge in its advocacy of using books written for children to foster the analytical study of children’s texts. Moreover, our Children’s Literature faculty employ a variety of theoretical models in their ongoing scholarship of the textual study of children’s books.

The image “We and Our Instructor” used with permission of Milner Library, courtesy of the International Collection of Child Art.

Click here to visit the Children’s and Young Adult Literature website.


Ph.D. Alumni Placement

Alumni from the Ph.D. program in English Studies with a concentration in children’s literature have held tenured and/or tenure-track positions at the following post-secondary institutions:

Tenured and/or Tenure-track Positions

  • California State University - Northridge
  • Casper College (Wyoming)
  • Central Michigan University
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Clemson University
  • Ferris State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Kansas City-Kansas Community College
  • Lamar University
  • Lincoln University (Illinois)
  • Longwood University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Missouri Western University
  • San Diego State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Shorter University (Georgia)
  • Soo Chow University (Taipei)
  • Springfield-Benedictine University
  • Stephen F. Austin University
  • Texas A&M - Commerce
  • Texas State University
  • Tribhuvan University (Nepal)
  • Ubon Ratchathani University (Thailand)
  • United International College (Hong Kong)
  • University of Dar es salaam (Tanzania)
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
  • University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls
  • University of South Carolina
  • Utah State University - Eastern Blanding
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Western Michigan University

Additional Ph.D. alumni have served in full-time positions as post-doctoral fellows, lecturers, or instructors at the following schools:

  • Boise State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Illinois State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • U.S. Naval War College
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth
  • University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program has a distinguished national reputation for encouraging alternative and hybrid forms of writing while emphasizing the study of theory and creative writing pedagogy. We are a program that respects and encourages innovation.


English Education

The English Education program provides hands-on experiences through numerous partnerships with communities, schools, and teachers, and it enhances professional growth for teachers at every stage of their careers.


Affiliated Faculty

Emeritus Faculty


The Linguistics faculty in the English Department teach courses ranging in level from the Doctoral Seminar in Linguistics and Language Study (ENG 540) to a basic invitation to disciplined language study for the General Education Program (ENG 143: Unity and Diversity in Language).


Literary & Cultural Studies

The Literary and Cultural Studies faculty at Illinois State have published broadly in many areas including American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; British Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Critical Theory and Cultural Studies; Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Critical Race Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Global Cultures; Textual Studies and Print Culture; and Visual Studies.


Emeritus Faculty

Publishing & Textual Studies

Publishing and Textual Studies combines theoretical and practical examinations of how texts — print and screen-based, scholarly and creative, technical and artistic, commercial and non-profit, etc. — are authored, edited, produced, published, read, and studied in contemporary and historical contexts.


Emeritus Faculty

Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication (RCTC)

We understand rhetoric, composition, and technical communication as robust and mutually informing areas of inquiry. By examining symbolic action in relation to cultural, material, and embodied practices, faculty and graduate students in RCTC strive to produce innovative, interdisciplinary research and pedagogies that transform the world.

Visit our website rhetoric@ISU

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Emeritus Faculty

Graduate Students in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication

PhD Students

MA Students


TESOL faculty offer a set of courses on the fundamental topics of language description, second language acquisition, and cultural-pragmatic or sociolinguistic aspects of language contact and second language acquisition as a preparation for effective EFL/ESL teaching.