Enrolling approximately 120 graduate students and composed of approximately 40 graduate faculty, the English Department at UNL conducts research in many areas of Literature Studes, Composition and Rhetoric, and Creative Writing. To find out more about the work of our individual faculty members click here. The Graduate Program emphasizes interdisciplinary cultural approaches to literature, multicultural and gender studies, the retrieval and production of texts, and critical frameworks for literature and pedagogy. Many of our faculty are nationally recognized scholars; several have received national or University awards for their research excellence. Many faculty also serve as editors or on the editorial boards for national and international journals. The Prairie Schooner, the distinguished literary journal edited by Professor Kwame Dawes, also calls the department home.


The Department of English is one of the most honored and respected departments at the University for the quality of its teaching. It was the second department in the University of Nebraska system to win the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award. Among our 42 faculty members, five hold distinguished professorships, and over half the faculty have earned College-wide and/or University-wide teaching awards. Of the twenty members of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, five are members of the department. In the past few years, a number of faculty members in our department have been awarded the University’s most prestigious award for teaching. We are a department that takes our teaching and research missions seriously and we strongly believe that good teaching and good research go hand in hand.