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  • Study abroad at the University of Exeter through the Rice English Department
    English majors who have completed both ENGL 200 and 300 and who have at least a 3.0 can apply to study abroad at the University of Exeter and receive Rice academic credit. For more information, please contact Dongming De Angelis in the Study Abroad Office and/or visit the Exeter website.The deadline is March 15th for the Fall semester and October 15th for Spring. Students should complete both the Rice and Exeter applications See more information about the application process and deadlines here.

    Congratulations to English Alumnus Ibrahim Khan!
    Rice alumnus Muhammad Ibrahim Khan is one of 32 U.S. students who has won the distinguished Marshall Scolarship for 2016. The scholarship funds American students pursuing graduate studies in the UK. Marshall Scholars are selected based on academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential. Ibrahim graduated in 2013 from Rice with a B.A. in English and cognitive science, and is currently a graduate student at Dartmouth College. With the Marshall Scholarship, he will undertake a graduate degree in philosophy in Islamic studies and history at Oxford University. Read more at Rice News.

    Hiring an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Non-Fiction
    Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Rice University, Houston, Texas. Seeking candidates with expertise in creative non-fiction to enhance departmental strengths and interests in ethnic studies, writing in languages other than English, social justice, environmental studies, medical humanities, science writing, writing and the arts. Opportunity to design and teach a broad range of creative non-fiction offerings (including but not limited to memoir, lyric essay, creative cultural criticism, history of the essay, literary journalism, etc.) to a select undergraduate student body. M.F.A. or PhD in Creative Writing and strong record of publication, including at least one book published or forthcoming, required. Degree must be in hand no later than November 1, 2016. Demonstrated ability and interest in administering and coordinating offerings in creative writing desirable but not essential. We will conduct interviews at the 2016 MLA convention in Austin, TX. A successful hire will teach a 2:2 course load, perform research and writing, and provide service to the department, university, and profession. 

    Only electronic applications will be accepted through the Rice University Faculty Hiring System: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/5537 . The application deadline is November 1, 2015. Materials to be submitted include a cover letter, c.v., and writing sample (max. 20 pages). Three letters of recommendation are required. You will be asked to input the necessary information on your evaluators who will receive an email generated by the system. In this email they will be instructed on the process for submitting their letters. All documents are required for the applicant to be considered for the position. Rice University is an AA/EO employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    July 2015 Honorees!
    Many, many thanks to these wonderful and hardworking English professors who celebrate their anniversary with Rice in July. 

    • Professor Judith Roof - 5 years
    • Professor Sarah Ellenzweig - 15 years
    • Professor Betty Joseph - 20 years
    • Professor Scott Derrick - 25 years
    • Professor Helena Michie - 25 years
    • Professor Terry Doody - 45 years

    May 15: English Graduation Open House
    All graduating students and award recipients along with their family and friends are invited to join the faculty and staff for an open house to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students. The event begins at 3 pm on Friday, May 15 in the English lounge on the second floor in Herring Hall, room 250. Light refreshments will be served.

    April 24: Senior Thesis Presentations
    Senior English majors will give presentations on their year-long thesis projects on Friday, April 24 from 4-6 pm in the Humanities building room 119. All are welcome to attend.

    April 14: Paul Otremba & Cecily Parks Poetry Reading
    The English Department and the Dean of Humanities present a poetry reading featuring Assistant Professor Paul Otremba and alumna Cecily Parks on Tuesday, April 14, starting at 5:30 in the Rice Chapel (building #64 on the campus map). Paul will be reading from his newest collection Pax Americana (Four Way Books, 2015) and Cecily will be reading from her latest work O'Nights (Alice James Books, 2015). Join us afterwards for a reception in the Brochstein Pavilion celebrating their recent book releases. 

    Click here for the Rice Events Calendar posting for this reading.

    March 25: Registration Advising Sessions
    Fall 2015 courses are posted online and all undergraduates are welcome to attend our registration advising luncheon on Wednesday, March 25 at noon & 4 pm in our department lounge. We'll serve lunch at the noon session and cupcakes at 4 pm. Please come by and meet with our professors and learn more about our course offerings for the fall.

    March 21: Career Con for Majors or interested Rice Students
    All students are welcome to attend a career advising session with a series of guest speakers including an attorney, a playwright, a creative writer, a grant writer, a grad student, and a teacher. The event will take place from 1-4 pm on Saturday, March 21 in the Farnsworth Pavilion in the Student Center. Each guest speaker will give an overview of their education and career path then, following a snack break, the session will become more informal as the speakers take questions from students or talk with them one-on-one in a more informal setting to give them personal career advice.  

    Click here to see the Rice Events calendar posting for this advising session, and to see a list of the speakers. 

    Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event for this advising session.

    Björk: Archives
    This month the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City opened the doors on a new retrospective exploring singer and artist Björk’s work and her impact on modern culture. Rice’s Timothy Morton, a philosopher and the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, spent the past year collaborating with Björk on “Björk: Archives” (Thames and Hudson), a book and visual tribute to the enigmatic Icelander. The book will be released on March 30, 2015.

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