Program of Study and Committee (POSC) Form

All graduate students are to submit their Degree Planning Sheet (DPS) and other appropriate department POS documentation forms, at the same time as submitting the electronic Graduate College POSC Form in AccessPlus according to the following English Department graduate program deadlines (does not include counting summer semesters):

September 21, 2020—Fall 2020
February 22, 2021—Spring 2021

  • 2nd semester of coursework for MA program graduate assistants (GAs)
    (or non-GA MA students upon completion of 9 POS credit hours)
  • 4th semester of coursework for MFA program graduate assistants (GAs)
    (or non-GA MFA students upon completion of 27 POS credit hours)
  • 5th semester of coursework for PhD program graduate assistants (GAs)
    (or non-GA PhD students upon completion of 36 POS credit hours)


Research and Teaching Excellence Award (REA/TEA) Nominations

All nomination and student documents are due by 11:59 p.m. on the announced deadlines below and must be submitted electronically via links provided in the Call for Nominations (download at Graduate Awards, Scholarships, and Grants).

SemesterResearch ExcellenceTeaching Excellence
Fall 2020October 14, 2020October 14, 2020
Spring 2021March 5, 2021March 5, 2021
Summer 2021June 1, 2021Nominations not accepted

English Department Student Awards for Leadership and Service

Outstanding Service by a Graduate Student Award and the Graduate Student Leadership Award

For more information and applications, go to Awards and Scholarships

English Department Student Awards & Scholarships

For more information and applications, go to Awards and Scholarships


Graduate Assistantship Applications for 2021-22
(current student requests for new appointments, reassignments, and extensions)

(If you currently have a graduate assistantship with the English Department and have remaining semesters of eligibility after the current spring semester, you do not have to reapply.)

Deadline—January 25, 2021

Downloadable PDF document of application requirements 


Graduation Advising Meeting

For students who plan to graduate and major professor supervisors this academic year (fall, spring, or summer).

Graduation Bootcamp for Graduate Students
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 1-2pm
via Webex



ALT Examinations Committee 2020-21

Jim Ranalli ( (Chair)
Tammy Slater (
John Levis (

RPC Examinations Committee 2020-21

Abram Anders (
Anne Kretsinger-Harries (
Maggie LaWare ( (Chair)
Geoff Sauer (


PhD Portfolio Submissions

All portfolios are due by 12:00 Noon on the announced deadlines below.

 Fall 2020Spring 2021
ALT (4th sem)not applicable (N/A)1st submission / January 25, 2021 (Mon) by 12:00 noon
2nd submission / April 19, 2021 (Mon) by 12:00 noon (if required)
RPC (3rd sem; 4th sem if admitted with bachelor's degree)November 6, 2020 (Fri) by 12:00 noonMarch 5, 2021 (Fri) by 12:00 noon


PhD Annual Reviews

All ALT and RPC doctoral students must complete Annual Reviews each year by the following deadlines according to the procedures and forms downloadable on the graduate program Forms website.

 Spring 2021
ALT April 5, 2021
RPCApril 1, 2021


RPC Potential Comprehensive Written Examination Question Submission

Deadlines for examination questions to be submitted electronically to the RPC Examinations Committee chair are the first Monday of the following months (September, October in 2020, November, February, March in 2021, and April) unless the chair announces otherwise:

  • September 7, 2020
  • October 5, 2020
  • November 2, 2020
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2021
  • April 5, 2021

If you have questions, please contact members of the 2020-21 RPC Examinations Committee above.