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
The English Department is currently conducting searches for two tenure-track positions: Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, and Assistant Professor in Environmental or Medical Humanities. For more information, visit our Faculty Opportunities page.
Dr. Keith Polette published “A Hair’s Breath: Reflections on Contemporary Haibun” in Frogpond: Journal of the Haiku Society of America, volume 45:2 (Fall 2022): 124–41.
Dr. Polette published “Reflection and the Creative Impulse” in The Right Words: A Magazine of Nonfiction, volume 15 (April 2022): 45–52.
Dr. Marion Christina Rohrleitner organized and moderated two graduate student panels and presented her own research at the Humanities Collaborative Conference at UTEP on October 13 and 14.
In the first panel, “UnSilencing: Language Choice as Performance of Diasporic Identity,” graduate students Kaitlyn Magnuson, Pilar Munoz, and Mason Taylor presented their research on Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X, Jhumpa Lahiri's In Other Words, and M. NourbeSe Philip's Zong!.
In the second panel, “We Belong Here: Contemporary Chicanx Writers Confront Colorismo, Meitocracy, and the Archive” graduate student Rhiana Perez, former graduate student Vivian Rivas (MA), and Dr. Rohrleitner presented research on Jose Olivarez's Citizen Illegal, Tim Z. Hernandez's All They Will Call You, and Jesus I. Valles' (Un)documents.
Dr. Keith Polette gave four presentations for the annual meeting of the Ohio Association for the Gifted & Talented on October 17 and 18: “Reading between the Lines: Inferencing Skills,” “Higher Order Literacy,” “Building a Vivid Vocabulary for Gifted & Talented Students,” and “Reading and Reporting Nonfiction.”
Dr. Joe Ortiz gave a talk about his new book, Gordon Merrick and the Great Gay American Novel (Lexington), as part of UTEP’s Queer History Month events on October 26.
Dr. Ortiz gave a talk to El Paso librarians on “Supporting Your Students With LGBTQ Titles,” at the Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) conference on November 5.
Raphael Reyes Juarez was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT). With this scholarship, Mr. Juarez joins the ConTex system, a joint initiative of the University of Texas System and Mexico's CONACYT.
Dr. Isabel Baca received a Certificate of Achievement by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) for completing a microcredential in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning on October 30.