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>Chair of the Joint PhD Program English and Education and Professor of English Anne Gere was honored as a Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year for 2018.</p>

Chair of the Joint PhD Program English and Education and Professor of English Anne Gere was honored as a Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year for 2018.

Image of <p>Each Fall the JPEE crowd gathers for an evening of family friendly conversation and food at Anne Gere’s house. Pictured from L to R: Michelle Sprouse, Adrienne Raw, and Megan Carlson</p>

Each Fall the JPEE crowd gathers for an evening of family friendly conversation and food at Anne Gere’s house. Pictured from L to R: Michelle Sprouse, Adrienne Raw, and Megan Carlson

Image of <p>The David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award sponsored by Rackham Graduate School recipient Elizabeth Tacke</p>

The David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award sponsored by Rackham Graduate School recipient Elizabeth Tacke

Image of <p>2018 Graduates from the Joint PhD Program in English and Education Pictured from left to right: Bonnie Tucker, Ann Burke, Merideth Garcia, and Benjamin Keating Not Pictured: Elizabeth Hutton and Anna Knutson</p>

2018 Graduates from the Joint PhD Program in English and Education Pictured from left to right: Bonnie Tucker, Ann Burke, Merideth Garcia, and Benjamin Keating Not Pictured: Elizabeth Hutton and Anna Knutson

Image of <p>JPEEple spend some time outside of class exploring Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. On an outing to a Cider Mill in Dexter, MI from L to R: Adrienne Raw, Ruth Li, Emily Wilson, Kendon Smith, and Kelly Wheeler</p>

JPEEple spend some time outside of class exploring Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. On an outing to a Cider Mill in Dexter, MI from L to R: Adrienne Raw, Ruth Li, Emily Wilson, Kendon Smith, and Kelly Wheeler

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.