What We Do
The EGSA exists to represent the interests of the graduate students of the English department, facilitate collegiality between students and faculty, and provide a venue for departmental service. All graduate students in the English department are de facto members of the EGSA.
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The EGSA Board welcomes graduate student comments, concerns, ideas, or anything else you'd like to share.
Current EGSA Board
- Arka Maitra - President, GSA Representative
- Kimberly Reyes - Vice President
- Akua Agyeiwaa - Treasurer
- Lauren Millhorn - First-Year Representative
- Hanna Varilek - MA Representative
- Serenity Dougherty - GSA Co-Chair
- Kathleen Dillon - Graduate Committee Representative
- Ian Maxton - General Board Member
- Hannah Morrison - General Board Member
- Jordan Charlton - General Board Member
BoardBoard members are elected by the graduate student body every Fall to a two year term. One elected position is reserved for an M.A. representative, and one for a first year student representative. The graduate representative on the Graduate Committee is included as a general member of the board. Membership is staggered so that there are always senior and junior members of the EGSA Board. At the first meeting following elections, the board elects its own officers from its general members. These officers are President, VP, Treasurer, and Events Coordinator.
Every year the EGSA hosts several events:
- Welcome Back Picnic (Friday before the semester begins)
- Tea & Empathy (Finals Week)
- General EGSA Meeting (Third or Fourth Week of Spring Semester)
With the exception of the Graduate Committee, departmental committees are a separate position from EGSA board. Elections to departmental committees are coordinated by the EGSA board, and take place once a year each spring. Elected committee representatives begin their term the following fall.
Current Departmental Committee Representatives
Chair's Advisory Committee: Jordan Charlton
Appeals Committee: TBA
Graduate Committee: TBA
Undergraduate Committee: TBA
Star Professor Award
Beginning in 2014-15, the EGSA has awarded the Star Professor Award each year to a faculty member whose exemplary commitment to graduate student education and well being deserves recognition. Nominations are accepted from the graduate student body during the spring committee elections, voted on by the EGSA board, and the award is presented at the annual spring awards ceremony.
2019-20 — Rachael W. Shah
2018-19 — Timothy Schaffert
2017-18 — Shari Stenberg
2016-17 — Amelie María de la Luz Montes
2015-16 — Jonis Agee
2014-15 — Stacey Waite
Excellence in Teaching Award
Beginning in 2016-17, EGSA Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes one M.A. instructor and one PhD instructor who exhibits noteworthy pedagogy. Individuals are nominated by graduate students, and from those nominations, a committee consisting of one PhD student, one M.A. student, and the Graduate Chair selects the winners.
2019-20 — Jessica Poli
2018-19 — Gina Keplinger
2017-18 — Anne Johnson
2016-17 — Dillon Rockrohr
2019-20 — Rachel Cochran
2018-19 — Linda Garcia Merchant
2017-18 — Adam Hubrig
2016-17 — Erin Bertram
Outstanding Service Award
Beginning in 2016-17, EGSA Outstanding Service Award acknowledges one individual who has expended notable time and labor to the often unseen role(s) of service work. Individuals are nominated by graduate students, and from those nominations, a committee consisting of one PhD student, one M.A. student, and the Graduate Chair selects the winner.
2019-20 — Alexandra DeLuise
2018-19 — Shawn Rubenfeld
2017-18 — Stevie Seibert Desjarlais
2016-17 — Nicole Green