Department of English
5057 Woodward Suite 9408
Detroit, MI 48202 United States
P: 313-577-2450
F: 313-577-8618

News from the Graduate Program

Date: 6/11/2019
Undergraduate English majors continue to take advantage of the AGRADE program. AGRADE allows undergraduates finishing their degrees to count up to five courses toward their M.A. degree in English. This semester an AGRADE student, Sallwa Assarawie, was among the several students to complete the M.A. degree.
 
Nine doctoral students defended their dissertations and graduated this academic year as well. They are: Eric Abbey (Steve Shaviro directing), Elizabeth Acosta (Ken Jackson, directing), Erin Bell (renee hoogland directing), Shawn Cooper (Caroline Maun, directing), Brad Flis (Barrett Watten, directing), Nabilah Khachab (Lisa Maruca directing), Joe Lewis (Richard Marback directing), Marcus Merritt (Barrett Watten, directing), Melinda Myers (Richard Marback, directing).
 
The placement success of the doctoral program remains above the national average, with 74% of graduates from the last ten years securing full-time positions in and out of academia. Among recent graduates, Elizabeth Acosta is tenured at El Paso Community College, Melinda Myers accepted a visiting position at Kettering University, and Alisa Alkins (PhD 2016) accepted a full-time position at Harold Washington College in Chicago.
 
Current graduate students continue to present at national conferences, showcasing the quality of their work and the program. Among the many graduate students who participated in conferences, Shelby Cadwell presented at the Graphic Justice Research Alliance Conference, Matt Linton presented at the Pop Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference,  Kelly Plante presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Diane Rosenberger and Molli Spalter both presented at the 10th Annual Association for the Study of Arts of the Present Conference. Rachel Dortin, Mark Lane, and Hilary Weiss presented at Conference on College Composition and Communication. Sean Milligan presented at the Thomas Watson conference.
 
On campus, the Wayne English Graduates Organization (WEGO) offered a workshop for students preparing to write their dissertations that featured presentations by English faculty, Assistant Professor Hilary Fox and Professor renee hoogland. WEGO also held a weekly writing session where students who are working on a dissertation prospectus or dissertation chapter could establish goals, get feedback, or discuss ideas. WEGO continues to build community among graduate students and faculty by sponsoring a monthly social hour, Final Fridays. The Wayne State University graduate student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America also hosted a weekly trivia night.