English Department

Welcome to the English Department at Bowling Green State University! One of the largest and most diverse departments on campus, the English Department offers degree paths and minors in Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, and other areas. Students in English take classes with passionate and committed teachers who have dedicated themselves to the study of language and literature and the creation of original works of scholarship, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Our graduate programs complement our undergraduate programs and provide additional opportunities for professional development. There has never been a better time to develop the skills offered by the study of English. Critical thinking, creative expression, breadth of mind, an aptitude for understanding cultural differences, the capacity to perform research, and the ability to write with clarity and grace, are in demand from employers.

We hope you’ll join us and write here!


                                           WE'RE HIRING!                                     

The English department is currently seeking applicants for two full-time, tenure-track positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing (Fiction)

Learn more about our job openings and apply by October 30, 2018.


Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene, Kathryn Dobbs, and Dr. Ethan Jordan

Kathryn Dobbs Receives 2018 Donna Nelson-Beene Award

Kathryn Dobbs has received the 2018 Donna Nelson-Beene Award. She is pictured in the center; to her left is Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene and to her right is her instructor, Dr. Ethan Jordan.The Donna Nelson-Beene Excellence in Research Writing Award is presented in recognition of the best research essay written by a student who has taken GSW 1120: Academic Writing.

Congratulations to Kathryn for being this year's winner!

News and Stories

General Studies Writing Celebrates National Day on Writing 2018

General Studies Writing Celebrates National Day on Writing 2018

General Studies Writing hosted a National Day on Writing celebration on Friday, October 19 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Students from across campus were invited to share stories and thoughts about why they write as part of the national event. Participants were also encouraged to post to the #WhyIWrite and #WriteYourWorld discussions on social media to engage with students, scholars, and writers outside of academia.

National Day on Writing at Wood County Library

National Day on Writing at Wood County Library

The English department in celebrated the National Day on Writing at the Wood County Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. Students from Dr. Heather Jordan's ENG4840: Foundations of Teaching Writing class hosted a variety of activities for writers of all ages, including blackout poetry, Rainbow Writing, Mad Libs Movement, 1,000 Words, and more.

Making the Cut: Celebrating Children's Picture Books with Lindsay Ward

Making the Cut: Celebrating Children's Picture Books with Lindsay Ward

The English department welcomed author and illustrator Lindsay Ward to campus on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Lindsay presented her work and her processes for writing and illustrating children's picture books. Students, faculty, staff, and community members had the opportunity to talk with Lindsay at the author meet and greet, and signed books were available for purchase. The event was hosted by Elizabeth Zemanski and Amanda Rzicznek's ENG 3240 classes, the English Department, University Libraries, and the Arts Village.