Welcome to the Department of English! We are a large and diverse department, featuring undergraduate and graduate programs in English and American Literature, English Education, and Rhetoric and Writing Studies, including a Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Composition, M.A. degrees in English and American Literature and Rhetoric and Writing Studies, an M.A.T. degree in English Education, and B.A. degrees in English and American Literature (ENAL) and English Education (ENGL). The First Year Composition sequence is housed in our department, which means that virtually every undergraduate student at UTEP comes into contact with us at one time or another. Our faculty have published widely across the fields represented in our department, and many of them have won awards for teaching and student support, as well as being recognized for their scholarship. We are committed to achieving the highest quality of scholarship and teaching, and we pride ourselves on welcoming and supporting our students at all levels, from their first semester in the university to the completion of their highest degree. Please look around the site, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Brian Yothers, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English
Dr. Isabel Baca's co-edited collection with Yndalecio Isaac Hinojosa and Susan Wolff-Murphy, Bordered Writers: Latinx Identities and Literacy Practices at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, was published in July 2019 by SUNY Press. This book was also selected as SUNY Press Editor’s Pick, 2019.
Dr. P. J. Vierra’s article, “The Presidents of the University of Texas at El Paso: A Primer,” was published in Password (Vol. 63, No. 1, Spring 2019). His podcast series, The Fundamentals of Rhetoric, was featured in a July 2019 article by Daniel Perez and published by University Communications.
Dr. Brian Yothers’s book chapter, “Ecological Conversions in American Religious and Literary Culture” was published in Natural Communions, edited by Gabriel Ricci (Routledge, 2019, pp. 58-73).