Graduate Students in English Organization

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John Stout, Sharla Finley, and Gwendolyn Mauroner at the Fall 2017 GSE Picnic


The Graduate Students in English (GSE), a Registered Student Organization, fosters professional, academic, and social opportunities for students in the English Department’s M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. programs. Under the direction of a faculty advisor, the GSE offers regular events designed to connect graduate students with a scholarly and professional community outside of the classroom as students work toward the completion of their degree programs. The GSE also works to open communication between graduate students and faculty to ensure that all parties stay informed and work together for the success of the department as a whole.  During the fall semester, the GSE hosts a variety of degree-specific events for M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. students.  In the spring, the GSE hosts its annual student conference and offers a panel discussion on entering the academic and non-academic job markets.

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Visit the GSE online newsletter, The Sapient Pig, to access issues of the newsletter and to learn more about the GSE, recent graduate student accomplishments, and upcoming graduate student events.

Also, like the Graduate Students in English Facebook Page to stay current with GSE news!

2018-2019 GSE Officersflyer for picnic

  • President: Tessa Swehla
  • Vice President: Sharon Fox
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Chris Borntrager
  • PhD Liaison: Jordan Savage
  • MFA Liaison: Rome Font
  • CLCS Liaison: William Lemley
  • MA Liaison: Vanessa Sweet
  • Student-Faculty Liaison: Dana Blair
  • Media Development Director: Kristen Figgins 

2018-2019 GSE Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Toni Jensen

2018-2019 Social and Professionalization Events for Graduate Students

  • Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 5-7 p.m., Wilson Park Gazebo - GSE Annual Student/Faculty Picnic Meeting
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 5-6 p.m., Champions Hall 413 - Graduate Internship Speaker Panel and Networking Session
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, (time of day TBA) - Pedagogy Lunch Series / Prof. Jo Hsu's Discussion of Designing the Article Writing Workshop Course