Jun 13, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Department Head:

Karin Westman

Director of Graduate Studies:

Anne Longmuir

Graduate Faculty:

Cydney Alexis, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin- Madison
Traci Brimhall, Ph.D., Western Michigan University
Mark Crosby, Ph.D., University College Oxford
Timothy Dayton, Ph.D., Duke University
Steffi Dippold, Ph.D., Stanford University
Elizabeth Dodd, M.F.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
M. L. Donnelly, Ph.D., Harvard University
Gregory Eiselein, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Carol Franko, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Tanya Gonzalez, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Christina Hauck, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Donald Hedrick, Ph.D., Cornell University
Jonathan Holden, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Daniel A. Hoyt, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Charlotte Hyde, Ph.D., Purdue University
Michele Janette, Ph.D., Yale University
Katherine Karlin, Ph.D., University of Southern California
Stephanie Kartalopoulous, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Alison A. Knoblauch, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Mary Kohn, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Cameron Leader-Picone, Ph.D., Harvard University
Anne Longmuir, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
James Machor, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Anuja Madan, Ph.D., University of Florida
Phillip Marzluf, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Wendy A. Matlock, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Philip W. Nel, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Bonnie Nelson, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Kara Northway, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Anne Phillips, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Donna L. Potts, Ph.D., University of Missouri at Columbia
Tosha Sampson-Choma, Ph.D., University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Tom Sarmiento, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Joe Sutliff Sanders, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
David Smit, Ph.D., University of Iowa
D. Kimball Smith, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Lisa Tatonetti, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Shirley Tung, Ph.D., University of California
Karin E. Westman, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Alison Wheatley, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Naomi Wood, Ph.D., Duke University
Han Yu, Ph.D., Illinois State University

Graduate Faculty Associates:

Roger Friedmann, M.A., Kansas State University
Christopher Nelson, M.F.A., North Carolina State University

Admission procedures

All applications are reviewed by the director of graduate studies and the graduate advisory committee within the department. Applicants are expected to have performed at a B level or better in all of their undergraduate work, but the committee bases its judgment primarily on the student’s performance in English courses.

Because some persons do not mature as students until late in their undergraduate careers, the department may sometimes accept students with less than the expected grade average if the students’ final semesters indicate the ability to do graduate work. Moreover, the department recognizes that students who have majored in fields other than English as undergraduates may choose English for their graduate work. Such students are usually admitted with provisional standing and are enrolled in courses for undergraduate credit until any deficiencies are made up.

Applications need to include the following:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Two copies of the official transcript from each college or university the applicant has attended. Only official copies are accepted by the Graduate School. (If the transcripts do not show an undergraduate major comparable to that of K-State with a minimum of 24 credit hours in English above the freshman level, the applicant may be admitted with provisional standing and enrolled in courses for undergraduate credit until the deficiency has been removed.)
  3. Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to speak informatively of the applicant’s academic performance and his or her potential for advanced study in English.
  4. A statement of objectives (a succinct account of aims and interests).
  5. A copy of the applicant’s GRE scores (general section only).
  6. A writing sample of 8-15 pages of analytical or persuasive prose.
  7. Application fee.
  8. For applicants who expect to enter the creative writing track, a writing sample of either 10-30 pages of fiction or 6-10 poems.
  9. For international students, an official TOEFL score report and Kansas State University’s financial affidavit.

Financial support

Most M.A. students qualify to be graduate teaching assistants and are provided valuable teaching experience as well as financial support. GTAs receive a nine-month stipend and a full tuition waiver. The Department of English also offers a small number of scholarships; awarded on a competitive basis, these may be held in addition to an assistantship. Students in the creative writing track may apply for the Seaton Fellowships; students in all tracks may apply for the Edwards, Glenn, Grindell, and Popkins Scholarships.



Master of Arts

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