The English Department is one of the founding departments at Rice University. Established in 1912, the department has long served as a space for intellectual engagement and thought within the Humanities. Today the department is made up of twenty-six tenured and tenure-track faculty, four non-tenured instructors, and three staff members (one full-time and two part-time). The department offers a B.A. and Ph.D. in English literature and at any given time has an average of 70+ declared majors (the largest pool of majors in the School of Humanities) and 35-40 doctoral students.
Rice English faculty research and pedagogy covers the breadth of the study of English from the earliest Medieval writings to contemporary literatures. There are around 30-40 courses offered each semester, and students engage with forms of writing and expression including novels, poetry, drama, film, and other media. Classes can include material from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Faculty in English are experts who regularly attend conferences, publish within their field, and in some cases have won teaching awards. They are helping shape the conversations around reading practices, teaching, and other inquiries in the Humanities. Moreover, our faculty are active across campus as they engage in collaborations with other departments and schools, serve on committees, and also help mentor undergraduates by serving variously as college magisters, resident associates, and divisional advisors.