Department of English


Graduate Spotlight '22: Prudent Ndihokubwayo

Prudent Ndihokubwayo pulled double-duty to earn his English degree, working five days a week for USM Custodial Services while attending classes on his time off.

2021 Newsletter

Highlights of the 2020-2021 school year are covered in our annual Department's newsletter!
portrait of Shelton Waldrep

Teaching and scholarship work hand-in-hand for Distinguished Professor

To Shelton Waldrep — the University of Southern Maine’s newest distinguished professor — scholarship and teaching merge. His classroom discussions with students have led to the creation of entire courses, and those courses have led to several highly regarded books.
Eve Raimon and Katie McMahon

USM students researching region's complicity in slave trade

A group of USM students are working to shed light in some of the dark corners of New England history.
Digital Humanities Sustainability

Professor John Muthyala and Learning Designer Jennifer Keplinger attend the NEH Institute in the Digital Humanities

Professor John Muthyala, who leads USM Digital Humanities, was invited to attend the Institute, along with Jennifer Keplinger, Learning Designer at the Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning. During the sessions, Muthyala and Keplinger made copious notes and completed Excel spreadsheet assignments, which they found immensely helpful, as they are collaborating on a digital humanities project that aims to use digital tools creatively to advocate for the arts and humanities in higher education and civic life.

USM alumni nominated for leadership roles in state government

On Dec, 26, Pender Makin, a double alumna with USM degrees in 1991 and 2008, was nominated by then-Governor-elect Janet Mills to lead the Maine Department of Education. Two days later, Mills nominated former Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck '98 to lead the Department of Public Safety.

English Major Autumn Wentworth on Studying Abroad

If you are thinking of studying abroad, do it; if you have never thought of it, I’d urge you to explore, take risks, and expand your knowledge base. . . What I take away from this trip will most likely be vastly different from what my friends take away, who study Psychology and Chemical Engineering. Despite our differences, though, we have one thing in common--we all decided to change our lives through the experience of going abroad.

Digital Humanities Approaches to English Studies

Students from Professor John Muthyala’s English 370: Literatures of Discovery, Exploration, and Colonialism met in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education to study maps and atlases.
Professors Ouellette, Charles, Ball, and Muthyala

21st Century Literacies: Multimodality and Writing Across the Curriculum

In spring 2017, Professors John Muthyala, USM Digital Humanities Initiative, and Jessica Ouellette, Director of Writing Programs, applied for and received a Title III High-Impact Practices grant, for a project titled 21st Century Literacies: Multimodality and Writing Across the Curriculum. As part of grant activities, they invited Cheryl Ball, Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University, and Anita Charles, Director of Secondary Teacher Education at Bates College, to participated in several events that focused on incorporating multimodal learning in writing courses and courses across the university curriculum.

USM Professor Eve Raimon interviewed by Portland Press Herald about Maine signer of the Declaration of Independence

USM English Professor Eve Raimon was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald about Gen. William Whipple, an abolitionist who was recently remembered near his family home in Kittery.