English Department, Grand Valley State University

English Department, Grand Valley State University An English major provides the skills, and knowledge necessary for careers in education, law, business, medicine, and government service.
Students who major or minor in English find work in a variety of fields ranging from management to computer programming. Careers such as writing, teaching, library science, editing, and publishing are directly related to specific studies in English language and literature. Communications skills developed in the study of English are also important to careers in public relations, business management, and personnel counseling

Check out this great article about the work English Professor Lindsay Ellis is doing with the Lake Michigan Writing Proj...
06/27/2019
Teachers at summer institute share ways to help students ‘enjoy writing again’

Check out this great article about the work English Professor Lindsay Ellis is doing with the Lake Michigan Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute.

https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2019/06/teachers-at-summer-institute-share-ways-to-help-students-enjoy-writing-again.html

The summer is a time for improvement at the Invitational Summer Institute, a three week professional development program at Grand Valley State University.

A break from all things academic! GVSU English Professors Rob Franciosi, Dawn Evans and Brian Deyo, along with Professor...
06/17/2019

A break from all things academic! GVSU English Professors Rob Franciosi, Dawn Evans and Brian Deyo, along with Professor Peter Anderson from GVSU Classics Dept, enjoyed the CLAS on the Green golf outing last week. ⛳️ Over $100,000 was raised for student scholarships! 🎉

They're off! Yesterday, Professor Amy Masko and students departed for Ghana, one of the three study abroad trips for Eng...
06/13/2019

They're off! Yesterday, Professor Amy Masko and students departed for Ghana, one of the three study abroad trips for English students this summer. ✈️🇬🇭

Have you heard? Lake Huron Hall is being renovated! Major renovation will take place during the W20 semester, but work h...
05/24/2019

Have you heard? Lake Huron Hall is being renovated! Major renovation will take place during the W20 semester, but work has started this summer! While we're excited about our new and improved building, we're sad to see this beautiful tree go to make room for the new elevator! 😢🌳

We are pleased to share that recent GVSU MA-Applied Linguistics graduate, Moon Nguyen, was recognized for Academic Excel...
05/08/2019
Grad students receive 2019 Dean's Citation Awards

We are pleased to share that recent GVSU MA-Applied Linguistics graduate, Moon Nguyen, was recognized for Academic Excellence in the Degree Program for Applied Linguistics at the recent 2019 Dean's Citation Awards Ceremony.

English Professor Rob Franciosi was recognized with the Kimboko Inclusion Award as well.

Congratulations to you both!

https://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/2019/grad-students-receive-2019-deans-citation-awards-11044.htm

The Graduate School recognized more than 50 graduate students with Dean's Citation Awards.

As we close out the week, we take a moment recognize Professor Shinian Wu who was honored by GVSU Alumni Association wit...
05/03/2019

As we close out the week, we take a moment recognize Professor Shinian Wu who was honored by GVSU Alumni Association with the 2019 Outstanding Educator Award. Congratulations to Professor Wu for this very well-deserved award! 🎉

05/02/2019

As we continue to celebrate exciting things happening in the English Department, we wanted to highlight student Jonathon Ayers. His thesis entitled “Violent Freaks: How Feeling like an Outsider Leads to Violence in Geek Love” (Patrick Prominski, director) was chosen as the Outstanding Honors Thesis for 2019. Congratulations on this achievement, Jonathon!! 🎉

Today, we recognize Professor Dan Brown who was this year's recipient of the Pineapple Award! This award recognizes indi...
04/30/2019

Today, we recognize Professor Dan Brown who was this year's recipient of the Pineapple Award! This award recognizes individuals that have shown exceptional hospitality toward our international students. Congratulations, Dan! 🎉

Congratulations on your successful thesis defense, Ben! 🎉
04/29/2019

Congratulations on your successful thesis defense, Ben! 🎉

Congratulations to Ben J. Sparks on defending his MA thesis, Language attitudes of writing center consultants: Variation vis-a-vis expectation.

As we bask in the glow of the end of another successful academic year, we wanted to highlight some of the accomplishment...
04/29/2019

As we bask in the glow of the end of another successful academic year, we wanted to highlight some of the accomplishments from our department. Congratulations to Professor Amy Masko on receiving the 2019 CLAS Annual Faculty Service Award! 🎉 We appreciate all you do!

The sun is shining and it's going to be a GREAT week! All the best to our English majors, minors and the rest of the Lak...
04/22/2019

The sun is shining and it's going to be a GREAT week! All the best to our English majors, minors and the rest of the Laker community we wrap up the W19 semester. #yougotthis #mondaymotivation

Not only is it Capstone Conference day, but we will be wrapping up the afternoon with our English Department Award Cerem...
04/19/2019

Not only is it Capstone Conference day, but we will be wrapping up the afternoon with our English Department Award Ceremony! 🎉 We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating our amazing students today in the Pere Marquette Room (2204 KC) from 4p-6p. Congrats to all of our hardworking students!

You may not have known, but our very own Professor Lindsay Ellis is the co-director for the United Way campaign for GVSU...
04/19/2019

You may not have known, but our very own Professor Lindsay Ellis is the co-director for the United Way campaign for GVSU and was on hand to help accept this award! 🎉

Join us in thanking Grand Valley State University and their Campaign Committee, the winners of our 2018 Team Spirit Award. GVSU has a consistently high participation rate in their United Way campaign, maintained with the help of department captains who encourage their coworkers to give. Their team put in a ton of work this past year transitioning from a paper-based campaign to our e-pledge system. We’re so grateful for their partnership. Thank you! #liveunited #GVSU #LakerEffect

Tomorrow is the big day! Here are the last two session schedules for the English Capstone Conference. Which presentation...
04/18/2019

Tomorrow is the big day! Here are the last two session schedules for the English Capstone Conference. Which presentation are you most interested in? We look forward to seeing you tomorrow. #EnglishCapstone2019

Here's your next installment of English Capstone presentation schedules! We hope to see you this Friday in Kirkhof. Pane...
04/17/2019

Here's your next installment of English Capstone presentation schedules! We hope to see you this Friday in Kirkhof. Panels begin at 9:00a and run all day, with the last beginning at 3:00p. #EnglishCapstone2019

We're a little excited because...English Capstone Conference is this FRIDAY! A culminating experience for our English ma...
04/16/2019

We're a little excited because...English Capstone Conference is this FRIDAY! A culminating experience for our English majors, Capstone is a day of exciting presentations. Below is taste of what's to come. Stay tuned this week for more panel info! #EnglishCapstone2019

There are still seats available for this set of paired classes for the upcoming F19 semester! You'll be putting your cla...
04/15/2019

There are still seats available for this set of paired classes for the upcoming F19 semester! You'll be putting your classroom knowledge to work in the field with newly settled refugees. Don't miss out!

Looking for classes to round out your F19 schedule? Paired courses ENG 380 & 469 will examine refugee literature and include teaching ESL to newly settled refugees in W MI. Don't miss this exciting opportunity with Profs Bloem & VanderBroek! Meets T/R @ 1p.

Come say farewell to President Haas this Friday, April 19 @ 3pm in the GVSU Fieldhouse! This event will feature free foo...
04/15/2019

Come say farewell to President Haas this Friday, April 19 @ 3pm in the GVSU Fieldhouse! This event will feature free food, t-shirts, stickers, and the daring duo, T. Haas and Marcia, as they set sail for a new chapter in life.

https://www.gvsu.edu/studentlife/haasta-la-vista-89.htm

04/12/2019

More exciting news from our alumni! Lauren Ashley Garrigan (M.Ed. TESOL, 2014, GVSU) has been awarded a fellowship for 2019-2020 by the EL Fellows Program, an exchange offered jointly through the U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University. This competitive program places highly-qualified U.S. educators in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 10-month fellowships at academic institutions across the world. Ashley has been placed at a university in India. Starting in August, she will be teaching English at Ahmedabad University, in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the western state of Gujarat. Ashley graduated from GVSU in 2014 with a master's degree from the joint English Department–College of Education M.Ed. TESOL program. She is currently an Instructional Designer at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, where she has been working for the past two years. Congratulations, Lauren! 🎉

04/12/2019

It is our pleasure to share that Benjamin Sparks (B.A. Classics, 2008, GVSU), who is currently completing his master's degree in Applied Linguistics in the English Department, has been awarded a placement by the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program for 2019-2020. This highly competitive program places young professionals in language teaching positions in schools throughout Japan. Congratulations, Ben! 🎉

Congratulations on your successful thesis defense, Grace!
04/03/2019

Congratulations on your successful thesis defense, Grace!

Congratulations to Grace Irwin for successfully defending her thesis titled, "Swearing in a Second Language" today, in partial fulfillment of her MA in Applied Linguistics!

English Department, Grand Valley State University
03/28/2019

English Department, Grand Valley State University

📅 MARK YOUR CALENDARS 📅 Join us next Thurs, April 4 from 1p-3p for a screening of the documentary _Beyond Fordlân...
03/28/2019

📅 MARK YOUR CALENDARS 📅
Join us next Thurs, April 4 from 1p-3p for a screening of the documentary _Beyond Fordlândia: An Environmental Account of Henry Ford’s Adventure in the Amazon_ in KC 2263. Stay for Q&A with director Marcos Colón. LIB 100/201 approved!

Our linguistics peeps are pretty excited about this upcoming event! Be sure to register if you're interested in geeking ...
03/27/2019
Issues & Ale: Grammar Night

Our linguistics peeps are pretty excited about this upcoming event! Be sure to register if you're interested in geeking out about the English language and grammar!

Monday, April 15, 6:30 -8:00 PM City Built Brewing 820 Monroe Ave NW, #155, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 Join University of Michigan English Professor Anne

Our English Education and CSAT majors had a great time at Zinser Elementary's Family Literacy Night last week. It was an...
03/27/2019

Our English Education and CSAT majors had a great time at Zinser Elementary's Family Literacy Night last week. It was an excellent night for students on both sides of the desk. Thanks again for having us, Zinser!

🚨ENG 304 Special Event TODAY! 🚨International prosecutor Lada Soljan will be discussing her work with the Internati...
03/26/2019

🚨ENG 304 Special Event TODAY! 🚨
International prosecutor Lada Soljan will be discussing her work with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in relation to Sara Novic's "Girl at War" via Skype. See you in LHH 132 from 11:30a-12:45p. Don't miss this great convo!

Looking for classes to round out your F19 schedule? Paired courses ENG 380 & 469 will examine refugee literature and inc...
03/25/2019

Looking for classes to round out your F19 schedule? Paired courses ENG 380 & 469 will examine refugee literature and include teaching ESL to newly settled refugees in W MI. Don't miss this exciting opportunity with Profs Bloem & VanderBroek! Meets T/R @ 1p.

The Graduate Research Colloquium last Friday was a resounding success! For more information about our Masters of Arts in...
03/21/2019

The Graduate Research Colloquium last Friday was a resounding success!

For more information about our Masters of Arts in English program, visit our website: https://www.gvsu.edu/english/masters-of-arts-in-english-297.htm

Our Graduate Research Colloquium, held on March 15 at Books & Mortar, offered our grad students a wonderful opportunity to share and discuss information on upcoming research projects. Thanks to everyone who attended!

Congratulations to our MA Applied Linguistics student, Moon (Nguyen Nguyet), on her successful thesis defense yesterday!...
03/20/2019

Congratulations to our MA Applied Linguistics student, Moon (Nguyen Nguyet), on her successful thesis defense yesterday! 🎉

Congratulations to Moon (Nguyen Nguyet) on successfully defending her Thesis titled, "The Effects of English Pronunciation Training on Listening Skills among Vietnamese Learners" on March 19th!

📢TONIGHT! Join us for the Graduate Research Colloquium at Books & Mortar from 6:30p-8:30p. Don't miss the chance to h...
03/15/2019

📢TONIGHT! Join us for the Graduate Research Colloquium at Books & Mortar from 6:30p-8:30p. Don't miss the chance to hear presenters and join in the conversation about research methods and techniques. See you there!

03/01/2019
Have you ever noticed the Free Books bookshelf on the 2nd floor of LHH? A gratitude journal was recently added and inste...
03/01/2019

Have you ever noticed the Free Books bookshelf on the 2nd floor of LHH? A gratitude journal was recently added and instead of taking the book, people have been writing messages inside. 🥰 Stop by to read them or leave your own message! #FeelGoodFriday #gratitude

🚨REMINDER🚨 There's still time! The deadline to submit your entry for the Oldenburg Writing Contest is TOMORROW, Fr...
02/28/2019

🚨REMINDER🚨 There's still time! The deadline to submit your entry for the Oldenburg Writing Contest is TOMORROW, Friday March 1. ✍️✍️

It's that time of year! The Oldenburg Writing Contest is open to all GVSU undergrad & grad students. We look forward to receiving YOUR entry! Visit our website for more info about the contest: www.gvsu.edu/english/oldenburg

🚨DON'T FORGET🚨 Your submission for the GVSU Making Waves Initiative logo design contest is due MONDAY, February 18...
02/15/2019

🚨DON'T FORGET🚨 Your submission for the GVSU Making Waves Initiative logo design contest is due MONDAY, February 18. Don't miss your chance to win $200 of products from the GVSU Laker Store!

Looking for a unique creative outlet? The GVSU Making Waves Initiative is pleased announce their logo design contest! Submit your entry by Feb 18 for a chance to win a $200 of products from the Laker Store! Check out their website for more info: http://gvsu.edu/makingwaves

Roses are red,Lakers wear blue,Our English students are the best,Don't you think so, too?#ValentinesDay 💙📚📖💙
02/14/2019

Roses are red,
Lakers wear blue,
Our English students are the best,
Don't you think so, too?

#ValentinesDay 💙📚📖💙

Don’t have a job planned for after graduation? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to find one at the Winter Career...
02/12/2019

Don’t have a job planned for after graduation? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to find one at the Winter Career Fair on Thursday, February 21 from 1:00p-5:00p at the DeVos Place Convention Center. #GVCareerFair http://www.gvsu.edu/careers/wintercf19

We know you're already recycling, but by stashing those water bottles (and other items) in a recycling bin Feb 4-Mar 30,...
02/11/2019

We know you're already recycling, but by stashing those water bottles (and other items) in a recycling bin Feb 4-Mar 30, you'll be helping with this year's national #RecycleMania competition! Last year, GVSU ranked in the Top 10 in the recycling category! #GVSUrecycles

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