Welcome to the English Department

English majors learn to synthesize information and to present their ideas and opinions skillfully. They find employment in fields where the sophisticated use of language is necessary for advancement. Many graduates go on to postgraduate study, not only in writing, film studies and literature, but in medicine, law, education, journalism and business. In today’s job market, as job titles and responsibilities shift constantly, English majors have an advantage because they are used to analyzing situations critically and communicating the results effectively.

Job choices for English majors go beyond the obvious options of teaching, attending graduate school, or becoming a writer, because graduates also excel in many other areas. English majors have learned how to write, analyze material, and communicate effectively, so they work in many different fields, including broadcasting, sales and marketing, management, government and entertainment.

CultureKlatsch's Newest Episode is Out! Ep10: Marketing Mountains: Denver's Urban & Nature Balance

This episode of CultureKlatsch dives into the complex relationship between Denverites and their environment. Specifically, this work explores the dynamic between Colorado's cultural values towards the outdoors versus the actions done to preserve the environment. It looks at the language used to promote "green" culture and the steps being taken (or that have been taken) to show an appreciation for the Rocky Mountains and plains.
We talk to several CU Denver professors--Dr. Rachel Gross from the History Department, Professor Kirsten Christensen and Dr. Benjamin Crawford from the Environmental Science Department, and Dr. Michelle Comstock from the English Department--for their expert opinion on the concepts of green marketing, environmental rhetoric, and urban sustainability or resilience. We explore the history of environmental consciousness and pursue an understanding of our present-day relationship with our environment. 

Listen now on ​​Spotify, ​SoundCloudand Apple Podcasts.

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Departmental Latin Honors

As we near the end of spring semester, the English Department encourages their undergraduates to pursue Latin honors with their English degree. The application process is easy, and we’d be happy to answer any questions that students might have. 

Please reach out to Dr. Pompa Banerjee (pompa.banerjee@ucdenver.edu) in the next few weeks if interested. Dr. Banerjee would be happy to answer questions and assist in the development of a project. There is still plenty of time to apply. You can find the guidelines for pursuing honors at the following website: https://clas.ucdenver.edu/english/latin-honors.

English Faculty and Student Accomplishments 

  • Congrats to Wayne Miller for winning the Colorado Book Award in Poetry for his book We The Jury! 
  • Congratulations to John Purfield, a recent CU Denver alumnus of our MA program, who has published his article, “Bridging the Gap: Speculative Roles of Specific Intellectuals in Ciimate Justice,” in Rhetoric Review. John is currently completing his dissertation at the University of South Carolina. 
  • Stephen Milligan's essay, "Person-Place and Thing-Power: Transcorporeality in Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Fish,'" has been chosen as the winner of the Rex Burns award for the best graduate essay of the year! Congrats Stephen!
  • Ahja Fox, CU Denver English grad and former Copper Nickel Editor, has been named the new poet laureate of Aurora. You can read her interview with the Sentinel here. Congratulations to Ahja!
  • Martha Tesfalidet will be entering the English Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine this fall to study contemporary African diasporic literatures. Congrats to Martha!
  • John Tinnell and Cameron Blevins of the History Department have been awarded a CU system-wide Next Award for their proposal, Data Advocacy for All: An Open Access Digital Repository for Innovative Data-Driven Curricula. The grant provides $297,000 of funding over three years. As part of the proposed project, John will be revising Multimedia Composition (ENGL 3084), an established course within our English Writing Rhetoric and Technology major, to fit the goal of teaching data literacy. The revised version of the course will frame data literacy as a useful tool in environmental advocacy work.
  • We are pleased to announce that Daniel Trevithick, Lejla Muric and Celeste Briefs are the winners of the 2021-2022 Michael S. Gorniak Scholarship. Congratulations to these three students!
  • Congratulations to Tobias Tegrotenhuis for being accepted as a fellow to the 2022 Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGTBQ+ and for receiving the 2022 Outstanding BA Undergraduate Award from CLAS.
  • Congratulations to Alejandro Lucero, who was admitted to the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, an extremely competitive national award. 
  • Congratulations to Miranda Egger on receiving a CETL Teaching Enhancement grant. The grant will fund an experimental inquiry group of six English faculty members, who will read theories of contract grading and develop a plan for implementation. The participants will then apply these new assessment practices to their English writing courses during Spring 2023. 
  • In addition to her recent article on medical storytelling in Technical Communication Quarterly, Kari Campeau has published two more articles, both of them as part of a research team from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies. The articles, which appeared in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication and in JMIR Human Factors, examine user experience among voice patients at an Ear, Nose, and Throat clinic. Congrats to Kari!
  • Congratulations to Wayne Miller on receiving a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Translation Fellowship to support his collaborative translation of the short story collection Sellers of Chaos by the Albanian writer Moikom Zeqo. Wayne Miller's 2021 poetry collection We The Jury is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in Poetry. Congrats Wayne!
  • Congratulations to Sarah Hagelin and Gillian Silverman on the publication of The New Female Anti-Hero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First Century US Television, which has just been published by the University of Chicago Press. Sarah and Gillian recently landed on article on the subject of their book in The New York Times, entitled “Why We Love Lazy, Drunk, Broke Women on TV”.
  • Congratulations to Nicky Beer on the publication of her new book of poems, Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes, just out from Milkweed Editions. The book was recently reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly. Congratulations to Nicky!
  • Congratulations to Kari Campeau for the publication of her article “It Makes Everything Just Another Story”: A Mixed Methods Study of Medical Storytelling on GoFundMe., co-authored with Yee Thao, just out in Technical Communication Quarterly. The article focuses on the implications of digital storytelling on crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe.