Welcome to the Department of English at UTEP! Our department is a vibrant and diverse community comprised of more than thirty full-time faculty, dozens of graduate students and lecturers, and four staff members. Our faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their cutting-edge research in literature, rhetoric and writing studies, education, and cultural studies. Our department is one of the most productive at UTEP in terms of research, and our faculty have won many of the most prestigious awards in their fields, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and many others. We offer a number of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels: bachelor’s programs in Literature and English Education; master’s programs in Literature, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, and English Education; and a PhD program in Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to being active researchers, our faculty are talented instructors who have won multiple teaching awards and whose w have gone on to highly successful careers in a wide range of fields. I encourage you to browse our courses and programs and take advantage of what our department has to offer.
Chair, Department of English
Dr. Lucía Durá and C. Villa published an article, “Multimodal research during COVID-19: Socially just decision points in the evaluation of a foster care program for youth at risk of trafficking,” in SIGDOC’23 Proceedings of the 41st ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication.
Raphael Reyes Juarez published an article, “Percepción del Turismo Rural en el Desarrollo Local. Cuetzalan del Progreso, Puebla, México” in PASOS, Revista de Turismo y Patrimonio Cultural, 21.4, pp. 795-810 (September 2023). The article was co-authored with Jose Sergio Escobedo Garrido, Miguel Sanchez Hernandez, and J. Cruz Garcia Albarado.
Dr. Celina Osuna presented a paper, “Limits of Law and Lawlessness in Wind River and Sicario,” at the Western Literature Association conference as part of a panel called "Taylor Sheridan’s Wests: Assessing a Mass Media and Postwestern Phenomenon” on October 12.
Dr. Osuna released a podcast, “Okay! School Me,” for Arizona PBS, where she was interviewed with Mathew Sandoval for the episode on "Art as Transformative." and Mako was kind enough to edit the intro to include my new position at UTEP. The podcast aired on October 18.
Dr. Marion Christina Rohrleitner participated in a two-part roundtable on "Canceling a Field?: Rethinking Solidarities in Latinx Literature" at the annual conference of the American Studies Association in Montreal, Canada, on November 2.
Dr. Rohrleitner also presented new research in a paper, "Post-Apocalyptic Alliances: Cultivating Afro-Caribbean Connections in Contemporary Caribbean Literature," at a hybrid conference (LASA/Africa) on November 17. The presentation was part of a virtual panel entitled "Afro-Diasporic Influences in Caribbean and Latinx Cultural Production," chaired by Dr. Marisel Moreno (U of Notre Dame).
Tessy Torres and Dr. Teresa Quezada presented “Resourceful Learning: The Benefits and Challenges of Zero-Cost Conversion” at the 2023 InSPIRE/Edge Conference on October 12 in El Paso, Texas.
Dr. Soyeon Lee was a speaker in a panel titled “Intergenerational User Experience (UX), Community-Engaged Design, and Collaborative-Participatory Paradigms for Student Success” with co-speakers Executive Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Lynn Provenzano and Administrative Coordinator Margie Brickey at the 2023 InSPIRE/Edge Conference on October 13.
Dr. Lucía Durá presented a paper, “Play with Constraints: Improvisation to Elicit Explicit, Tacit, and Latent Knowledge,” at the Conference on Community Writing in Denver, Colorado in October.
Jagadish Paudel presented a paper, "Migration-driven Literacy: Transforming Migration into a 'Brain Gain' Rather than a 'Brain Drain'" at the Conference on Community Writing in Denver, Colorado on October 13.
Marissa Bond presented “Imagining Radical Histories, Manifesting Radical Futures: Interrogating the Power of Romance Fiction for Social Action" at the Conference on Community Writing in Denver, Colorado on October 14.
Raphael Reyes Juarez presented “Testimonios of the Gang Culture Brought by Deported Immigrants and the Healing Process of the Inhabitants of the Colonia Independencia in Puebla, Mexico” at the Conference on Community Writing in Denver, Colorado on October 13.
Dr. Isabel Baca presented “Community Writing Partnerships: Bringing Radical Transformation through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity” at the Conference on Community Writing in Denver, Colorado on October 13.
Awards & Appointments
Dr. Lucía Durá was Co-PI with Steve Crites, Robert Kirken, and Ken Meissner for a funded grant ($250,000) from Sloan Centers for Systemic Change, for “Empowering the Next Generation of Highly Skilled STEM Professionals through Access, Intentionality, and Effectiveness.”
Dr. Isabel Baca was selected as the University Faculty Marshal of Students for the Fall 2023 UTEP Commencement Ceremony.
Jagadish Paudel received an amplification award from the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) conference in June.
UTEP’s Department of Theatre & Dance is opening its production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses on December 1. The performances will be at the Wise Family Theater and will run through December 10. Our own Gabriela Reyes is assistant directing the production!