Image of <p style=Gail Gibson was awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the academic year 2016-17.

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Gail Gibson was awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the academic year 2016-17.

Image of <p>Professor Chandra Alston and JPEE student Elizabeth Tacke discuss the English methods class.</p>

Professor Chandra Alston and JPEE student Elizabeth Tacke discuss the English methods class.

Image of <p>Professor of English Anne Curzan, speaking at TEDxUofM 2014 on “What Makes a Word ‘Real’”?</p>

Professor of English Anne Curzan, speaking at TEDxUofM 2014 on “What Makes a Word ‘Real’”?

Image of <p>Professor Anne Ruggles Gere and JPEE students Ben Keating and Ryan McCarty discuss research at Sweetland Center for Writing</p>

Professor Anne Ruggles Gere and JPEE students Ben Keating and Ryan McCarty discuss research at Sweetland Center for Writing

Image of <p>English professor Melanie Yergeau holds a book she’s reading at the Institute for the Humanities.</p>

English professor Melanie Yergeau holds a book she’s reading at the Institute for the Humanities.

Image of <p>IWCA 2016 gathering at Professor Anne Ruggles Gere’s home.</p>

IWCA 2016 gathering at Professor Anne Ruggles Gere’s home.

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Congratulations to Rebecca Manery, Ruth Anna Spooner, and Joanna Want!

Whether your interests are in rhetoric, composition, literacy studies, or English education, this interdisciplinary PhD program brings together the best of research, scholarship, and pedagogy from across the university to offer a rich and satisfying doctoral experience.

Among our strengths, we offer top-flight resources, a supportive and engaging community of scholars, and the flexibility for students to craft a program centered on their individual interests. Our joint association between the Department of English and the School of Education allows students to gain a particularly strong base in rhetoric and composition theory as well as practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Student interests have included rhetorical theory, literacy studies, feminist theory, new media composition, disability studies, queer theory, applied linguistics, English language studies, ethnic studies, creative writing studies, and writing assessment. All students have the opportunity to pursue research projects collaboratively with faculty, including social justice- and activist-oriented research, in addition to individual dissertation research.

All students are guaranteed five years of full funding, and there is additional support for conference travel, research projects, and summer research and writing. To date, we have 100% placement for graduates who have chosen to pursue tenure-track faculty positions in education and English departments in colleges and universities; program graduates also sometimes choose to pursue opportunities in educational nonprofits, school districts, and government-sponsored agencies

To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit our Prospective Students pages.