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. Ruben Espinosa’s book chapter “‘Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue’: Uneasy Assimilation and the Shakespeare-Latinx Divide,” was published in The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation, edited by Christy Desmet, Sujata Iyengar, and Miriam Jacobson (Routledge, 2019): 48-58.
Dr. Keith Polette’s poems, “Desert Menagerie” and “The River” currently appear in Rue Scribe. His haibun, “The Well” appears in Presence. His haibun, “Fishing” and “The Pianist” appear in The Haibun Journal. His haibun, “Dusk,” “On the Road,” and “The Wagon” appear in The Other Bunny: for the Other Kind of Haibun.
Dr. Isabel Baca was the keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at the "Transitioning to College Writing 2019 Symposium" at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi on October 24-25, 2019. Her topic was "Service-learning in Writing Studies."
Dr. Baca also presented a panel "Communities in Action: Reenvisioning Scholar-Activism" at the 2019 Conference on Community Writing in Philadelphia, PA on October 18, 2019. She co-presented with UTEP RWS PhD alum and East Stroudsburg Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Jasmine Villa, and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Assistant Professor, Dr. Yndalecio Isaac Hinojosa.
Dr. Baca presented on and chaired a panel "The Writing Classroom: Fostering Inquiry for Social Change" at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention on November 24, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. One of her co-presenters there was Dr. Jasmine Villa as well.
Dr. Mimi Gladstein and Carol Eastman spoke to the Pan American Round Table on November 13, 2019, about their book, The Women of Smeltertown.
Dr. Keith Polette gave the Keynote Address, “What Is Your Story?” at the Mississippi Literacy Association’s annual conference in Biloxi, MS, on November 18, 2019.
Natalie Taylor presented “Silence as Disruption in the Court, the March, and the Classroom” at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference on November 14 in Harrisonburg, Virginia.