Graduate Students in English Organization

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                                Sharon Fox, Dana Blair, and Chris Borntrager at the Spring 2019 GSE Conference                                                            Spring 2019 Issue of The Sapient Pig Newsletter


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.

GSE-Sponsored TA Pedagogy Resource

Need help or fresh ideas for your lesson plans? Visit the TA Office site for regularly updated composition pedagogy tips, activities, and advice. 

Online GSE Newsletter and Facebook Page

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!

conference picture2019-2020 GSE Officers

  • President: Kristen Figgins
  • Vice President: Jordan Savage
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Chris Borntrager
  • PhD Liaison: Gracie Bain
  • MFA Liaison: Gwendolyn Mauroner 
  • CLCS Liaison: Zane Sarma 
  • MA Liaison: Addison Cornwell
  • Student-Faculty Liaison: Sharla Finley
  • Media Development Director: Dana Blair

2019-2020 GSE Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Mohja Kahf                                                                                                                              Doctoral Student Leah Beth Johnston
                                                                                                                                                                  Presenting at the 2019 GSE Conference

2019-2020 Social and Professionalization Events for Graduate Students

Spring 2020:

  • RCO Workshop on  A Better Way to Grade by Dylan Henderson - 12:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 6th, Kimpel 410
  • RCO Workshop on Incorporating Narrative Voice in Discussions & Assignments by Katie Powell - 12:00 p.m., Wed., Feb. 19th, Old Main 323
  • Portfolio vs. Thesis Meeting for M.A. Students - 1:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21st, Kimpel 321
  • RCO Workshop on Bloggity Fun for Altruism and Profit - 12:30 p.m., Tues., March 3rd, Location: TBA
  • Candidacy Exam Prep Meeting for Doctoral Students - 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 6th, Kimpel 321
  • Job Market Prep Meeting for Doctoral Students - 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 13th, Kimpel 321
  • RCO Workshop on Rhetorical Elements Jeopardy by Sharla Rosenbaum - 12:45 p.m., Wed., March 19th, Kimepl 305
  • GSE Conference, An Interdisciplinary Exploration of/in Liminality - March 20th & 21st, U of A Student Union
  • Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference - April 2nd - April 5th, Graduate Hotel, Fayetteville, AR
  • Pedagogy Lunch Series, Professor Lissette Lopez Szwydky-Davis (English) and Professor Sean Connors (College of Education) Present on Their NEH Institute, “Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences” - 12:30 p.m., Thurs., April 9th, Kimpel 321