Department of English

Flowers Hall Room 365
Telephone: 512-245-2163 Fax: 512-245-8546
http://www.english.txstate.edu/

The discipline of English covers much ground, and graduate programs may focus on one or more subdisciplines. Texas State's graduate English program serves students with many interests and needs by offering dozens of courses each semester on a wide variety of topics. Students may focus on a single element of English studies or they may combine elements. Many courses apply the most important current critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature and the media, while others help promising poets and fiction writers to master those crafts. Some teach rhetorical skills to future expository writers and teachers of writing, while others cover the numerous kinds of writing demanded by rapidly changing technologies. Our integrative approach allows both for expansion of areas of study beyond a single emphasis and for the specialization that appropriately occurs at a university. Please go to the Graduate Programs tab at the department's website for more specific information on our majors.

Financial Assistance

Graduate students in the M.A. programs may apply for appointments of up to two years as instructional or teaching assistants; students in the M.F.A. program may apply for appointments of up to three years. Instructional assistants have completed fewer than 18 graduate hours in English and have limited duties; teaching assistants have completed 18 or more hours in English and have a wider range of teaching duties. Assistants ordinarily have assignments in composition courses or surveys of literature. Applications are available from graduate program directors.

Graduate students may apply for a number of departmental scholarships, including the Janie M. Grayson English Graduate Fellowship, the G. Jack Gravitt Scholarship, the Ralph and Fancys Houston Scholarships,  the William F. McKeen III Scholarship, the Judith Caldwell Miller Scholarship, the Billy G. Moore Endowed Scholarship, the Mamie E. Smith Memorial Scholarship, the David R. Stevens Memorial Scholarship, the Mary-Agnes Taylor Endowed Scholarship, the Ione Dodson Young Endowed Scholarship, the Peterson-Charles Mosley Scholarship, the W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Scholarship, and the Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship for Future Teachers. Contact a graduate program director for applications or additional information.

The Graduate College oversees additional scholarships and may be contacted at 512.245.2581 for further scholarship information.

The Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment for Literature

The Lindsey Endowment, dedicated April 11, 1978, is a gift of Mrs. Louise Lindsey Merrick to the Texas State University Foundation, made in memory of her mother, Therese Kayser Lindsey. A noted poet and patron of the arts, Mrs. Lindsey attended Southwest Texas State Normal School, completing her degree in 1905. She published four volumes of poetry and helped organize the Poetry Society of Texas.

The endowment, along with the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, supports the mission of the department by sponsoring readings by distinguished writers and scholars such as Mortimer Alder, Sherman Alexie, Karim Ali, Margaret Atwood, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, Rita Dove, Louise Erdritch, Stanley Fish, Carolyn Forché, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Ben Fountain, Allen Ginsberg, Jory Graham, T. Geronimo Johnson, Maxine Hong Kingston, Denise Levertov, Larry McMurtry, W.S. Merwin, N. Scott Momaday, Annie Proulx,  Karen Russel, Gary Snyder, Helen Vendler, Alice Walker, and Charles Wright.

Visiting writers and scholars often meet with graduate classes, attend question-and-answer sessions, and hold informal discussions with graduate students.

The University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing

The University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing brings distinguished writers annually to teach graduate writing workshops and to give public readings. Former chair holders include MacArthur Foundation Fellow Leslie Marmon Silko, National Book Award winning poet Ai, Pulitzer Prize finalist Barry Hannah, National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, American Book Award winner Li-Young Lee, National Book Award winner Robert Stone, National Book Award finalist Cristina Garcia, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner Ben Fountain, and National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien, who is also a member of the M.F.A. program’s permanent faculty.

From Fall 2017 through Spring 2019, the chair holder will be Karen Russell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant".

The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center

Established in 2000, the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center is based in the childhood home of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author. The Center is host to numerous visiting writers each year. The house was dedicated as a National Literary Landmark in June 2002, by the Friends of Libraries USA and the Library of Congress.

The L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Literary Endowment and Fiction Prize

In 2009, writers L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark donated their Smithville, Texas home and property to Texas State to create an endowment for writers-in-residence. The endowment was subsequently enlarged to support Clark Fellows and the Clark Fiction Prize, the latter a major national award. Awardees come to campus to receive the prize, and they offer a public reading at Texas Sate. The inaugural prize was received in 2017 by Jim Shepard for The Book of Aron.

Doctoral Faculty

Allison, Elizabeth A, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Balzhiser, Deborah Ann, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Illinois State University

Jackson, Rebecca L, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Leake, Eric Wallace, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Louisville

Mejia, Jaime A, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., The Ohio State Univ Main Campus

Pimentel, Octavio, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Utah

Wilson, Nancy A, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of Texas at San Antonio

Zhu, Pinfan, Professor, English, Ph.D., Texas Tech University


Graduate Faculty

Allison, Elizabeth A, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Balzhiser, Deborah Ann, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Illinois State University

Banerjee, Suparno, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Louisiana State Univ A&M College

Bell-Metereau, Rebecca L, Professor, English, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Blair, John M, Professor, English, Ph.D., Tulane University

Blankenburg, Eric Lance, Senior Lecturer, English, M.F.A., Texas State University

Busby, Mark B, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder

Cassells, Cyrus, Professor, English, A.M., Stanford University

Chavkin, Allan R, Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Coates, Jason R, Senior Lecturer, English, M.F.A., Texas State University

Cohen, Paul N, Professor, English, Ph.D., Rutgers State Univ of NJ Central

Cohen, Robin E, Senior Lecturer, English, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Dorst, Douglas K, Associate Professor, English, M.F.A., University of Iowa

duBois, Jennifer Jackson, Assistant Professor, English, M.F.A., University of Iowa

Falocco, Joseph R, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of North Carolina-Greensboro

Gano, Geneva Marie, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of California-Los Angeles

Grayson, Nancy J, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Grimes, Thomas J, Professor, English, M.F.A., University of Iowa

Hammett, Chad A, Senior Lecturer, English, M.F.A., Texas State University

Hanson, Susan K, Senior Lecturer, English, M.A., Texas State University

Heaberlin, Dickie M, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Holt, Elvin, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Jackson, Rebecca L, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Jensen, William, Lecturer, English, M.F.A., Texas State University

Johnson, Tyrone Geronimo, Professor- Univ Chair, English, M.F.A., University of Iowa

Jones, Roger D, Professor, English, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Kapurch, Katherine Marie, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Leake, Eric Wallace, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Louisville

Ledbetter, Kathryn, Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of South Carolina Columbia

Lochman, Daniel T, Chair - Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

McClancy, Kathleen Ruth, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., Duke University

Mejia, Jaime A, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., The Ohio State Univ Main Campus

Mogull, Scott Alexander, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Monroe, Debra F, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Utah

Morrison, Susan S, Professor, English, Ph.D., Brown University

Olson, Marilynn S, Professor, English, Ph.D., Duke University

Parks, Cecily Gordon, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., City University of New York

Peirce, Kathleen C, Professor, English, M.F.A., University of Iowa

Pimentel, Octavio, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Utah

Rosenberg, Teya, Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Alberta

Roundtree, Aimee Kendall, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Schwebel, Leah, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Skerpan-Wheeler, Elizabeth P, Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

Smith, Victoria L, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of California-Santa Cruz

Smith, Jon M, Senior Lecturer, English, M.F.A., Texas State University

Tally, Robert T, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Wend-Walker, Graeme Alan, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Macquarie University

Williams, Miriam F, Professor, English, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Wilson, Steven M, Professor, English, M.F.A., Wichita State University

Wilson, Nancy A, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., Univ of Texas at San Antonio

Zhu, Pinfan, Professor, English, Ph.D., Texas Tech University