Alumni Claudia Irizarry Aponte to Receive Journalism Award

Ms. Claudia Irizarry Aponte (from our 2017 graduating class) was recently chosen to receive the Social Justice Reporting Award; funded by the Sydney Hillman Foundation. This is one of four Alumni Awards that the School of Journalism gives to students, based on their excellent work and academic performance. After graduating ...

Dr. Linda Rodríguez Accepts Prestigious Art Residency for the 7th Time

Dr. Linda Rodríguez was accepted for the 7th time as an Associate Artist in the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program this next Summer in New Smyrna Beach, Florida where she’ll be working with interdisciplinary artist Janie Geiser on a film project entitled “Fortress/Belvedere.”

Join Our Graduate Program!

We are now accepting applications for our Master of Arts in English Education (MAEE) program, which also offers a TESOL certificate. To learn about our faculty research areas, see this resource. The deadline for Fall 2019 admission been extended to Friday, March 29 (with late fee). All applications to the ...

Welcome to Our New Interim Associate Director: Dr. Rosa Román

Today, Dr. Rosa Román joins the English Department team as our new Interim Associate Director. Let us welcome her into this important role, where she will help guide our students and Department to great success!

Dr. Ricia Chansky- winner of an MLA Award and Voice of Witness Fellow

In a recent interview with Dr. Ricia Chansky on November 21, 2018, the Modern Language Association: Humanities Innovation Award winner and 2019-2020 Voice of Witness Fellow shared with us some information about her personal experience developing the project and the importance of raising more awareness on the situation Puerto Rico ...

English Course Project: Hurricane Maria Entries and Research Presentations

Recently Dr. Ricia Chansky’s students from the Narrative as Social Justice project presented a preview of their interview entries concerning those that had harsh experiences during hurrican Maria. On December 4, the students gathered in CH-326 to formally present their findings among themselves and other visitors present. The project’s main ...

Initiation Night at the English Department

As the semester approached its end, on November 27th The English Department celebrated the initiation of two of its associations on the same night. Rum Linguists and the English Department Student Association (EDSA) joined forces to celebrate their awaited ceremony. Members and professors gathered during the evening to celebrate the ...

Graduate Students Represent UPRM at PRTESOL Convention

The 2018 PRTESOL Convention was held on November 2nd to 3rd at La Universidad del Turabo. This convention allows scholars and researchers to present their findings about teaching English as a second language. This year’s convention accepted  twelve presenters from the PRTESOL-Western Chapter, six of which were UPRM English Department ...

The Ultimate Guide to English Courses: Spring 2019 Edition

Do you need to enroll in English courses in the Spring? Then this guide is for you! Students Completing Institutional English Requirements See the General Education English Sequences to know which courses you can take to fulfill your institutional requirements for English. Reminders: Basic English (3101-3102) leads to Reading and ...

New Grants for Dr. Leonardo Flores and Dr. Catherine Mazak

Dr. Leonardo Flores and Dr. Catherine Mazak have recently been awarded grants that will assist them in their respective projects. Dr. Flores’ Grant: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO)’s project, Coping with Bits, which Dr. Flores is a Co-PI in. This project ...

The UPRM Popular Culture Conference is Accepting Abstracts!

The Popular Culture Student Association cordially invites all students and faculty to submit their abstracts for next year’s UPRM Popular Culture Conference. Abstracts should be submitted before December 15th, 2018 (the deadline has been extended from November 30th) to pcsarum@gmail.com and should be limited to 200-250 words. Read the flyer ...

[Course Promo] INGL 6479: Neoclassical Poetry, Prose, and Drama

Graduate students who just can’t get enough of literature: get ready to go on an adventure with Professor Nickolas Haydock. He will be teaching topics on Neoclassical Poetry, Prose and Drama in his INGL 6479 course in Spring 2019. Mark your calendars on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:20pm if you decide to ...

[Course Promo] Study Electronic Literature with Dr. Flores

This Spring 2019 semester I will teach INGL 3300: Three Generations of Electronic Literature (see the approved course proposal for more details here). This course is available as post-Intermediate English electives and as Professional Electives for English Majors. We have reserved spots for English Majors in the section. What is ...

[Course Promo] INGL 3318 and 4045: Literature of the English-Speaking Caribbean

Interested in research? Dr. Ricia A. Chansky will be offering two different Literature of the English-Speaking Caribbean courses, INGL 3318 and INGL 4045, this upcoming Spring 2019. Both courses are action-research courses connected to the Narrative as Social Justice project. Those that already participated in the project this semester, can ...

2018 Interning Crossroads: The Panel

The English Department recently hosted its second annual internship panel “Interning Crossroads: Imagining Future in English and Beyond,” where six Undergraduate English majors gave speeches regarding their experiences in different programs as interns outside of Puerto Rico, and the benefits these opportunities brought to their academic lives. Linguistics majors Angélica ...

2018 Open House: Captivating Future Colegiales

On Friday, October 19, the UPRM held an Open House event with the purpose of showcasing its diverse programs for undergraduate studies to different high school students from all over Puerto Rico. In the coliseum Rafael A. Mangual our team had two tables to set up a large information booth ...

[Course Promo]: INGL 6995: Literary Non-Fiction

For students interested in Literary Non-Fiction and seeking a 6000 level English class, this course is for you! Dr. Gregory Stephens will be offering this three part approach (genre, pedagogy, and practice) seminar next semester (Spring 2019). For more information see the flyer found below. Literary Non-Fiction Flyer Spring 2019

[Course Promo] INGL 5025: Contemporary Research in Linguistic Anthropology

Next semester, Dr. Sandra Soto will be teaching INGL 5025: Current Approaches in Linguistic Theory with the topic Contemporary Research in Linguistic Anthropology. The course will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:45 pm. Download the flyer.

[Course Promo] INGL 4008: Creative Nonfiction Writing

Spring 2019: MWF 11:30- 12:20 Instructor: Dr. Jocelyn A. Géliga Vargas Pre-requisites: INGL 3231 and INGL 3238 or authorization of the Director of the Department. Download the flyer.

[Course Promo] INGL 3312: The British Novel

This course will explore the British novel from its early episodic beginnings to contemporary multi-culturalism. The readings will include formerly banned books, queer novels, bildungsromans,  feminist novels, and Gothic novels (including the first science fiction novel). The course will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:45 by Dr. Nandita ...

Diaspora Cine Nights Every Wednesday

Join the English Department this and every Wednesday night in Chardón 319 for Diaspora Cine Nights 🎬! This Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 commencing at 7:30 p.m., we will view Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante! The Young Lords (1996), produced by Iris Morales. For the first time, we are honored to share this experience with ...

Interning Crossroads: Internship Panel

After last year’s successful internship presentations, the English Department invites its undergraduates, yet again, to attend this year’s Interning Crossroads event. On Thursday, October 18th, students will get the chance to learn about their peers’ research and internship experiences, and hear about their adventures abroad. Six English major panelists will ...

Fondo Dotal UPR Funding Opportunities for our MAEE Students

The Graduate Committee strongly encourages our MAEE students to explore the following funding opportunities for graduate students (from the UPR’s Fondo Dotal). All applications are due on November 30th. Here’s a link to the information.  

What I Learned During My Reign

Noelle Verhelst 2016 Cherry Blossom Queen (Right) and Samantha Olsen 2017 Cherry Blossom Queen (Left) on Orientation Day It’s been six months since I laid down my sash. Six months since I wore fancy dresses and visited the most amazing places. No, I was not in a beauty pageant. The ...

2018 Banned Books Week: A Quick Summary

On the last week of September, the English Department Student Association (EDSA) celebrated Banned Books Week! Students from the English Department participated in various activities that took place in Ch 325 & 326 in which EDSA members set up different tables to educate and entertain visitors about banned books.   ...

The Returned: Adventures in NYU and Cornell University

As everyone who experienced it knows, Hurricane María left a nasty scar on the island and its residents. The uncertainty of when life would go back to normal was looming over everyone’s head. However, in the most trying of times, the universe’s generosity shines through. For University students, this came ...

The Returned: UPRM students on their experiences at Penn State

On February 1st of this year, six students and I boarded a plane that would take us from Puerto Rico to Penn State University Greater Allegheny (PSU-GA) in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Our group, consisting of six English majors and one Arts major, embarked on the chance to live as exchange students ...

Preparing for the Future

RUMEGA has invited Dr. Leonardo Flores to give a talk titled “Preparing for the Future: Applying for Grad School, Internships, Scholarships, Conferences” on Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30 in CH-326. All our undergraduate and graduate students are invited. Here are some of the resources for the talk: What do you ...

Join our Graduate Program!

We are now accepting applications for our Master of Arts in English Education program, which also offers a TESOL certificate. To learn about our faculty research areas, see this resource. The deadline for Spring 2019 admission is October 15 ($40 admission fee). All applications to the MAEE Program should be ...

Ana Marrero: My life as an intern in Washington D.C.

While my life here in the island is pleasant, I must say I miss Washington D.C. My life as an intern at Capitol Hill, was one for the books. As a Cordova and Fernos student, you get a lot from the experience. From the moment you land into the Capitol, ...

The Summer Session Strikes Back!

This Summer, the English Department will be offering a number of courses that students can enroll in to satisfy their English Institutional Requirements or for English Majors to make progress towards their degrees. For details on what courses to take, consult The Ultimate Guide to English Courses. You can see ...

Remembering Liz Dayton

The untimely passing of Dr. Liz Dayton on May 21, 2018 has left us all saddened. As a tribute to our dear colleague, many of her friends and students have shared testimonials and pictures of her. Here is the first collection. If you wish to contribute pictures or a testimonial, ...

A Graduate Helping Hand

The UPRM is home to outreach programs and organizations that support the student body in the achievement of their professional and academic goals by helping them surpass their limitations, expand their horizons, to become capable and diligent professionals. In the Graduate level, our Campus has the Graduate Writing Facilitators a ...

In memoriam: Elizabeth Pine Dayton

Our dear colleague and friend Dr. Elizabeth Dayton has passed away. Here is the obituary prepared by her family. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of  Elizabeth Pine Dayton on May 21, 2018. Born on November 7, 1951 in Washington DC,  Liz, was “Buff”  before she ...

[COURSE PROMO] INGL 3300: Ethnographic Fiction and Faction

This Fall, Dr. Gregory Stephens will be teaching INGL 3300: Ethnographic Fiction and Faction. The course will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 pm in CH 222. This course looks at both sides of the border between literature and ethnography. Ethnographically-informed writing provides a way of seeing things ...

[Course Promo] English 3277: The Queer Novel

This Fall, Dr. Mary Sefranek will be teaching INGL 3277: Introduction to Literature: The Novel, with a focus on The Queer Novel. The course will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 pm.

[Course Promo] Narrative as Social Justice

This Fall, Drs. Ricia Chansky and Jocelyn Géliga will be carrying out a large-scale research project on Hurricane María through the following courses and sections (which have some spaces reserved for English Majors): INGL 3318: LITERATURE OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN – Ricia Chansky – Sec. 036 (T, Th 9:00-10:15 ...

[Course Promo] INGL 4255: Professional Copyediting

This Fall 2018, Dr. Gayle Griggs will be offering INGL 4255: Professional Copyediting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30-8:45 am. See the flyer for more details.

[Course Promo] INGL 3345: Cyberpunk Cinema

This Fall 2018 I will be teaching INGL 3345: Topics in Film with a focus on Cyberpunk Cinema. Students will learn the language of film in a course focused on science fiction post-industrial dystopias, in which the lines between human and machine, real and virtual are blurred. Some spaces will ...

The Ultimate Guide to English Courses: Summer and Fall 2018

Do you need to take English Courses this Summer session or Fall semester? Then this guide is for you! Students Completing Institutional English Requirements See the General Education English Sequences to know which courses you can take to fulfill your institutional requirements for English. Reminders: Basic English (3101-3102) leads to ...

[Course Promo] English 6048: Poetry Since 1945

This Fall 2018 I will be offering English 6048: Poetry Since 1945 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:15. This course will be a historical exploration of poetry in the age of media. It will both cover and go beyond the canonical print-based narrative to examine how poets explored several media ...

Dr. María Quintero Aguiló Wins CEA Award

During this year’s 49th annual College English Association Conference, UPRM alumn and current adjunct faculty member, Dr. María C. Quintero, presented her paper “The Sands of Un-Certainty: Tidalectically Synthesizing Nature and Culture in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.” The theme of the CEA Conference was “Bridges” and hundreds of professionals and scholars ...

UPRM’s English Department Honor Roll Students for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Congratulations to our very own students who have earned a spot in the Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 academic year! Alanis F. Font Vélez Alexander Juan García Amarilis Yera López Andrea V. Valdés Valderrama Ángel G. Trabal García Angelique M. Matos Sanabria Claudia A. Ríos Ruiz Claudia S. Rodríguez Asad ...

Alumni Success Story: Karrieann Soto Vega

Our esteemed alumni exemplify that there is a whole world out there full of possibilities for the English Community to explore and achieve their professional goals. Karrieann Soto Vega, a graduate of our MAEE Program, overcame diverse obstacles in order to achieve her dream of teaching, and has been offered ...

Edward Contreras and the Brigada 3101

When the Fall semester resumed, after Hurricane María, Prof. Edward Contreras organized his English 3101 classes in an inspiring relief effort for communities in need. See a video interview prepared by Samara Pérez that will make you proud of our students and colleague. Thank you Edward for leading this wonderful ...

Join our Graduate Program!

We are now accepting applications for our Master of Arts in English Education program, which also offers a TESOL certificate. The deadlines for Fall 2018 admission are: March 14 April 13 (with late fee) All applications to the MAEE Program should be submitted online through the Office of Graduate Students ...

Cinémathèque Special Screening of: “Cuentas Pendientes”

Cinémathèque invites the community to a screening of the documentary film “Cuentas Pendientes” on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm in Chardón 121. Director Arleen Cruz and the subject of the documentary, Chilean journalist Carlos Weber, will be attending to present the film and participate in a Q&A. Here’s the ...

Women Write the Caribbean!

Students of the English Department, Celia M. Ayala, Joe A. Centeno, Iris A. Soto, Lourdes Rosado, Andrea V. Valdés and faculty member Dr. Ricia Chansky have organized an exhibit for the ¿Del otro lao? conference, where they highlighted female writers of the Caribbean. The exhibit is open this week on ...

Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente’s MWWP Grant

We sat down with Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente, Site Director of the MayaWest Writing Project to find out more about the $15,000 grant she received for it, and how it would benefit the project. Vicente explained how the project has been around since 2007, and they are now entering their tenth-year ...

The Ultimate Spring 2018 Guide to English Courses

Do you need to take English Courses next semester? Then this is the guide for you! Students Completing Institutional English Requirements See the General Education English Sequences to know which courses you can take to fulfill your institutional requirements for English. Reminders: Basic English (3101-3102) leads to Reading and Composition ...

Research and Internship Courses for English Majors

This post offers information on three resources available to our students and faculty for collaboration and research. English 4998: Supervised Research in English This new course allows faculty to design a series of research activities for one or several students to participate in. The research interest can arise from a ...

Colegiales in the Publishing Industry

Are you Interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry? Then here’s a look at the lives of Sophia M. Caraballo and Yaisha Cordero, two alumni from our department who have made it into the industry through their hard work, persistence, and dedication. 1. Tell us about your educational ...

Spring 2018 With Dr. Jose M. Irizarry: The Harlem Renaissance

This spring semester take a journey into the Harlem Renaissance, a unique and inspiring movement that originated within the black community in Harlem, New York in the year 1920 until 1930.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more from this decade long movement with Dr. Jose M Irizarry, at both the ...

Courses with Dr. Eric Lamore: Literary Theory and Early Black Atlantic Literature

This Spring semester don’t miss out on the opportunity to take these two literature courses with Dr. Eric Lamore who specializes is the literature of the early black Atlantic, transatlantic lives and texts, African American literature, early American literature, textual scholarship, book history, life writing, and the teaching of literature. ...

INGL 5025 Current Approaches in Linguistic Theory

Dr. Catherine Mazak will offer an advanced undergraduate and graduate course on Linguistic Theory for the following Spring semester. The course is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:45 in the morning. On this course the students will explore the post-structural turn in applied linguistics and what it ...

Spring 2018 Courses with Dr. Leonardo Flores

This Spring 2018 semester I (Dr. Leonardo Flores) will be offering 3 courses: Modern Poetry, Digital Creative Writing, and Digital Humanities Internship. I have linked to the course blogs, with which I have offered at least two or more iterations of the courses, which should allow you to have a ...

Interning Crossroads Activity: Opportunities for English majors

Last week a very special event took place. The English Department hosted “Interning Crossroads: Imagining Futures in English and Beyond,” an informative presentation about Internships for the English Undergraduates, from the perspective of four undergrads who embarked on internships last Summer or last semester: Ana Romanach, Amanda Ciani, Andrea Valdés and ...

Featured Alumni: Angel Matos

This semester, I had the opportunity to converse with one of our English Department Alumni, who has recently been hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. His story tells us about his path of discovery, the challenges of the current academic job market, and offers ...

Three Talented Authors from our Community

Three members of our community talk to us about their books and share their publishing and personal experiences.

Interning Crossroads: Imagining Futures in English and Beyond

The Department of English cordially invites its undergraduate students to an activity on Thursday, December 7 in which they will learn about internships and other professional opportunities through the experiences of 4 English majors. The purpose of this activity is to open the eyes of all English majors towards the ...

The English Department’s Guide to Spring 2018 Student Exchanges

Are you interested in participating in a student exchange? Do your wish to take advantage of one of the many opportunities that have emerged for students in Puerto Rico to study in universities in the US next Spring? Then this guide will provide some resources and advice to achieve this ...

The Wall of Hope

Check out this short video documenting a UPRM Department of English initiative: a wall for the UPRM Community to express itself upon returning to classes after Hurricane María. Credits: Initiative, design, and implementation by Dr. Mary Sefranek, Jenaira Martínez, and other volunteers, messages by UPRM community, video by Samara Pérez ...

Join our Graduate Program

Admissions for our Master of Arts in English Education program are open until November 30, 2017. Visit this page for details about our program and how to apply. Download the flyer here: MAEE Admissions Flyer Spring 2018

Department of English Alumni, Retirees, and Friends Registry

We’re (re)building a community! The UPRM Department of English is creating an Alumni, Retirees, and Friends Registry so we can stay in touch with members of our community. Sign up with this brief form and let us know how you’ve been and what you’re up to. Our promises: no sharing ...

Memories: 2017 Graduation Pictures

Here’s a slideshow from the UPRM Graduation on July 17. Congratulations to our graduating students in the BA and MAEE programs. Thanks to Lilian Delgado for the wonderful photos!

Post Hurricane María Guide for UPRM Students

Dear UPRM Students: Here’s a resource to help you get back on track to resume the Fall semester at UPRM next week. To add or update information, please e-mail mary.sefranek@upr.edu or leonardo.flores@upr.edu. Here’s a link to a printable version.

English Department Fundraising and Food Drive for Come Colegial

After the passing of Hurricane María and its devastating effects on communities across Puerto Rico, the UPRM initiative Come Colegial, dedicated to ensuring low-income students receive alimentary support on a routine basis, urgently requires support. Its warehouse of supplies was nearly depleted after distributing emergency provisions to students prior to ...

Solidarity with the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

In the wake of Hurricane María, the Department of English would like to recognize and affirm the significant work being accomplished by the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste/the Solidarity Brigade of the West (https://www.facebook.com/brigadasolidariaoeste/) on a daily basis. This grassroots organization, comprised of a collective of distinct groups across the western ...

Relaunching the Fall Semester

The English Department is ready to relaunch the Fall semester on Monday, October 30, 2017. Many thanks to all those who worked hard and volunteered their time to help clean up and prepare our facilities. Here’s a slideshow of some of these activities.

Department of English Emergency Communication Protocols

The Department of English has a communications network and a set of protocols in place to notify its community of important and emergency events. Please take a moment to examine the document below. If you’re interested in signing up for our Emergency Text Message system sign up here (UPR account ...

Internships and Scholarship Opportunities: Fall 2017 Edition

This Fall 2017 semester offers several life, finance, and career enhancing opportunities for you to consider and apply for. HACU Internships – Paid semester and summer internships in the Washington DC area. The website currently has old deadlines, but use them as a guideline. Their application system opened on September ...

Now Open: The English Writing Center

The English Writing Center (EWC) is now open! Here are the hours: Mondays, Wednesdays: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in Chardón 323G Tuesdays, Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in Chardón 005 Fridays: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM in Chardón 323G Congratulations to EWC Coordinator Dr. Nancy Vicente and her ...

Meet Gabriel Romaguera

Meet Dr. Gabriel Romaguera, a Colegio Alumni from the English’s Department Bachelor’s in Literature and Master’s in English Education programs. After his time in Colegio, he went to the University of Rhode Island to study a PhD in English and Cultural Studies. He defended his dissertation this past march. Before ...

Graduate Student Orientation

On Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 am, Drs. Catherine Mazak and Leonardo Flores will be offering an orientation for its new and experienced graduate students. This orientation will not be yet another drill on rules, regulations, the Graduate Handbook, and Certification 09-09, or our TESOL Certificate, but a practical guide ...

INGL 3326: Literature of Minorities in the United States

This Fall 2017 semester, Dr. José Irizarry will be teaching three sections of INGL 3326: Literature of Minorities in the United States. Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:30-5:45 pm Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:00-7:15 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30-1:45 pm See the flyer above for more details.  

Welcome to the English Department, Prepas!

Welcome to your new home at UPRM! The English Department is currently home to about 200 undergraduate students, 50 graduate students, 30 tenured & tenure-track faculty, 8 adjunct faculty, and 3 administrative staff members. Our administration consists of the following: Dr. Leonardo Flores, Interim Director, oversees the entire operation of ...

The History of the Mellowes Award: Three Generations of English Educators

Since 1966, the Mellowes award has served to recognize exceptional English major undergraduates of UPRM. Through a rigorous selection process held by the faculty of the English department, the results have varied from one recipient, two recipients, or none altogether. Although it is a great honor, the Mellowes award itself ...

And the Mellowes Award Goes to… Carlos Santaella and Claudia Irizarry!

Every year, the English Department honors its most distinguished students with the Mellowes Award. The students awarded are selected by a committee of several professors, who take into consideration the candidates’ GPA, number of withdrawals, extracurricular activities, and any other exceptional accomplishments. This year’s winners were no exception. Without much ...

Jennifer Mojica Santana on her Summer Research Program at Brown University!

As this year’s semester finally comes to a close, many UPRM students are greeting the long-awaited summer with open arms. While some will find solace in their homes for rest and relaxation, others will be preparing for graduate school or Summer internship programs. One such individual is Jennifer Mojica Santana, ...

Keysalis and the Relay Summer Experience

Summer has arrived and some of our English majors are taking this opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience beyond our archipelago. Our student Keysalis Fermin is one of those, thanks to a program called the Relay Summer Experience, which is a teaching fellowship for undergraduate students who are enrolled on ...

Summer Session Update

Here’s an updated version of the courses we hope to be offering this summer. All the courses have room for more students and need higher enrollment numbers to be assured, so if you’re interested in taking them you can enroll on July 7 (preferably in the morning). Time Course Instructors ...

INGL 6018: Topics in Psycholinguistics: Motivation, Attitudes, Perception

This upcoming semester, Dr. Elizabeth Dayton will be offering INGL 6018: Topics in Psycholinguistics. General course details are as follows: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30-4:25 pm Topics in Psycholinguistics: Investigate Language Attitudes, Perception of Language, and Motivation for Language Learning.  

Congratulations to our Honor Roll Students!

The Department of English is very pleased to announce the following 34 undergraduate students have been included on the honor roll for the 2016-2017 academic year at the conclusion of the current semester! We congratulate each and every one of you on this accomplishment and request that you stop by ...

INGL 3345: The “Historical” Mini-Series (Summer 2017)

While the so-called Historical Mini Series is not new, it is emerging as a dominant genre, its stock rising with new streaming technologies and “bingeing” audiences. You’ll learn how to “read” these images, account for their hold on fans, and assess the kinds of cultural work such stories are doing ...

The New Film Certificate Starts in August!

The New Film Certificate Starts in August!   The UPRM Film Certificate is a curricular sequence founded in 2006. Certificate students have won prizes at film festivals, gone on to study film at the graduate level in topflight programs at the American Film Institute, Columbia University, Columbia College – Chicago, ...

The English Department Enrollment Guide: Summer and Fall 2017 Edition

This is a guide for everyone who needs to take English courses this coming Summer or Fall 2017 sessions. Let’s begin with our offerings: Summer 2017 Course Offerings – All courses will be offered in the first Summer Session (July 8-29). Fall 2017 Course Offerings Fall 2017 Guide for English ...

Fall 2017 Guide for English Majors and Graduate Students

This guide offers a simple visual representation of the courses that English majors and graduate students may need to take in the Fall. Graduate courses have been emphasized with bold text. For the Summer offerings, visit this post. Adjustments and changes in August 7-11. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:20 am 9:30-10:20 ...

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

This information is outdated: here is an updated Summer 2017 Offering. Here are the courses to be offered this Summer 2017. Time Course Instructors 7:30-9:55 3238: Creative Writing Iris Toro 7:30-9:55 3201: Reading and Composition I Glory J. Soto 7:30-9:55 3101: Basic English I TBA 7:30-9:55 3103: Intermediate English I ...

New Course for the Fall: INGL 3307: Introduction to Communication in the Workplace

If you want to take your communication skills to a professional level, Prof. Waleska M. Morciglio has you covered. Starting the upcoming Fall, she will be offering INGL 3307: Introduction to Communication in the Workplace on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:45pm. With this course, you will be exploring the following areas: ...

Leonardo Flores’ Poetry Series: Introduction to Poetry

This series of courses taught by Dr. Leonardo Flores will develop your poetry reading and analytical skills while bringing you up to date on poetic movements during the past century. For best results, take the whole sequence. INGL 3279: Introduction to Poetry (Fall 2017) – Cultivate your critical vocabulary and ...

New Course for the Fall: Gothic Narrative from Count Manfred to Count Dracula

If you’re interested in Gothic Narrative this course is for you! Beginning Fall 2017 Dr. Nandita Batra will be offering  INGL 6985: Gothic Narrative from Count Manfred to Count Dracula. The course will begin in August and it will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays  from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.

Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games

Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games was written by one of our own. Dr. Kenneth Horowitz, an Adjunct Assistant Professor here in the English Department at UPRM. The book, that came out late this past October, it’s a historical non-fiction about the development of the ...

Ricia Chansky: Fulbright Specialist at York University

Dr. Ricia Chansky has won a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program grant to convene and participate in the IABA conference, lecture, and other related activities at York University in Toronto. Here’s the poster for a lecture she delivered yesterday, titled “Texts in Crisis: Esmeralda Santiago, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and the Case ...

New book: “Partida en Dos” by Gabrielle Armstrong Velázquez

Partida en Dos is a bilingual book of poems written by English major Gabrielle Armstrong Velázquez. It was published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on January 2017. In it, the author tackles with several memories and parts of herself that pull parts of her into contrary directions. The poems tackle ...

New book: “Diario de un Labial Atrofiado: Vivencias y Fantasías” by Celia M. Ayala

Our graduate student, Celia M. Ayala, recently published a book of poems titled Diario de un Labial Atrofiado: Vivencias y Fantasías. Here’s the author’s description and information about it. Diario de un Labial Atrofiado: Vivencias y Fantasías is a bilingual “poemario,” where experiences and dreams come alive in technicolor. Published by ...

Andrea Valdés Returns from Córdova y Fernós Internship

This semester, one of our undergraduate students, Andrea Valdés, went to Washington DC to participate in the prestigious Córdova y Fernós Internship Program. One of our graduating students (Ashlene Lebrón) wrote a wonderful article about Andrea’s experience for Her Campus. Go read it!

How to Sign Documents Electronically

One of the challenges of living in an increasingly digital world that still operates with methods designed for paper is that we frequently need to submit paper (or virtual paper) documents with our signature. Without going into a history of proofs of identity and their legal basis, and much less ...

New Course for the Fall: INGL 6478: Old English

Interested in traveling through time? This course will take you back to the early stages of the English language. Learn to read and translate the writings of the Anglo-Saxons. You will leave this course with a specific skill. Experience a student-centered approach to the acquisition of a historical language, with ...

EDSA Assembly!

EDSA members and future members, Tomorrow (April 4th, 2017) EDSA is hosting their third assembly of the semester. Time: 10:30 a.m. Place: Chardón 225 If you want to know about future activities, don’t miss it!

Personal Statement Workshop

Are you having problems writing your personal statement for that internship or grad school application? The English Writing Center at UPRM cordially invites you to a personal statement workshop where EWC tutors will discuss those important elements you need to include in a personal statement. When? Tuesday, April 4, 2017 ...

English Department at Cinco Días Con Nuestra Tierra

The English Department will be present at Cinco Días Con Nuestra Tierra with two faculty presentations in the “Carpa de Foro y Talleres.” Dr. Linda Rodriguez will be presenting her new puppet show “Nena y sus Amigos se van de Paseo por Nuestra Tierra” from Wednesday to Friday at 10:00 ...

Retired Faculty Profile: Joan Baker-González

We are pleased to launch the first of our retired faculty profiles with a profile of a beloved retired colleague, Joan Baker-González. Joan Baker-González was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school there, she went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island for her undergraduate work, ...

Cine con Cinématèque

Cinématèque will be presenting a selection of short films made by students and graduates of the UPRM Film Certificate on Noches de Galeria in San Germán this Tuesday. It will include the winner of Best Short Film in the 2016 Rincon Film Festival and the winner of Best Documentary in ...

Public Lecture: “Drawing the Diaspora, Graphic Narratives from San Juan, PR”

On Monday, March 6, María Fernanda Díaz Basteris will be offering a public lecture, titled “Drawing the Diaspora, Graphic Narratives from San Juan, PR.” Maria Fernanda Diaz Basteris is a doctoral student at the University of California-Davis. She has been doing ethnographic research about graphic novels written by Puerto Ricans, ...

EWC Résumé Workshop

Having problems polishing or even creating a résumé? Don’t know how to start a cover letter? Then, don’t miss this workshop! UPRM’s English Writing Center will be hosting a Résumé and Cover Letter Workshop tomorrow, Thursday, March 2nd. The workshop will be offered by EWC tutors in CH-222 at 10:30 ...

A Conversation With Rafael Cancel Miranda

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances this event will be rescheduled. Title: A Conversation with Rafael Cancel Miranda Date: TBA Time: TBA Room: TBA Directions: (from the student center entrance facing Celis): Enter the Student Center, go to the cafeteria on the second floor. Once you enter the cafeteria, you will ...

Featured Alumn: Ana Portnoy Brimmer

Meet Ana Portnoy Brimmer, a graduate of our Department who earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and received the Luis Stefani Raffucci Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Award, and the John S. and Sarah E. Mellowes Award in 2016.  Ana is a poet and performer, creative nonfiction writer, artivist, ...

Mapping the Caribbean in Children’s Books

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Mayagüez Children’s Library there will be an exhibition on display at the library’s celebration at the Mayagüez Cultural Center on Sunday, February 26 from 3-4 pm. It will be on display at the library in March & April. Founded in 1992 by ...

SLAM POETRY! FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24!

If you enjoy poetry, this event is for you! Ana Portnoy, a graduate of our English Department, is hosting a Poetry Slam and open mic event this Friday, February 24. The event will take place at La Tertulia starting at 8PM. Here is a link to the event for more information: Poetry ...

Meet María Quintero Aguiló

A Colegio alumna from the Department of English’s Bachelor’s in Literature and Master’s in English Education programs, María del Carmen Quintero Aguiló holds a PhD in the Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Caribbean from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. Her area of specialization is Caribbean poetry ...

Join Our MAEE Program

We are now accepting applications for our Master of Arts in English Education program, which now offers a TESOL certificate. The deadlines for Fall 2017 admission are: February 15 March 15 (with late fee) All applications to the MAEE Program should be submitted online through the Office of Graduate Students ...

Meet our Administrative Staff

               

Meet the New Administration

The start of the academic semester brings with it new beginnings in the administration of the English Department. It is an honor to introduce the two faculty members who will be serving as the Interim Department Director and Interim Associate Director.

MLA 8th Edition Workshop

Having trouble with the new version of the MLA Handbook? Here is an excellent opportunity for you! UPRM’s English Writing Center (EWC) will be hosting a workshop to explain those changes brought by the MLA 8th edition.  Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017. Place: Chardón 222 Time: 10:30a.m. The workshop is ...

Internships, Scholarships, and Other Opportunities: Spring 2017 Update

This Spring 2017 semester offers several life enhancing (and finance enhancing) opportunities for you to consider and apply for. HACU Internships – deadline for paid internships. Deadlines: Summer: February 15. Fall: June 9. HACU Scholarships – HACU offers various scholarships sponsored by companies. Deadlines and requirements vary. Hispanic Scholarship Fund ...

Former Digital Humanities Interns Talk About Their Experiences.

“It changed me completely, I learned so much and acquired many skills that I will need for my profession. Also, it gave me a huge boost of confidence, I was very shy and didn’t feel like I knew much (which I didn’t) about the field, but I grew both professionally ...

Undergraduate Mixer

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the English Department took part in its Undergraduate Mixer where students and Advisors get together to discuss their future and how to enjoy the college track.  Dr. Nancy Vicente “Nanvan” is the current Department Associate Director, and part of her duties is to assign the current ...

Preparing for Comps Workshop

Are you an MAEE student worried about the Comprehensive Exam? Then this is for you! The Professional Graduate Honor Society has organized a workshop to help MAEE students prepare for the comprehensive exam, which will be offered by Dr. Sandra Soto. Goals of the workshop: Provide tools necessary for completing ...

INGL 6025: African American Literature

Interested in African American Literature? If so, be sure to check out this Special Topics in American Literature course for next Spring semester. It will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 pm by Dr. Eric Lamore.

What Was that Cool Course Again?

As registration looms during one of the busiest times in the semester, it is useful to remember which courses you’d like to take. Over the past few weeks we have publishing promos for courses available for the Spring semester. You can find all these blog posts listed under the courses ...

Spanish Literature Course: Modernismo en Hispanoamérica

Attention English Majors. Next semester Drs. Carmen M. Rivera Villegas and Ivonne Recinos Aquino will be teaching Modernismo en Hispanoamerica, a course that not only fulfills a Spanish course requirement, but also supplements your literary education with knowledge and appreciation of an influential literary movement in Hispanic American culture. Here’s ...

Enhance Your Curriculum with Innovation Tracks

Attention English Majors! Have you considered what kinds of skills you would like to develop to make you more successful as an entrepreneur or when applying for jobs? Have you thought about enhancing your considerable critical reading, writing, and thinking skills with training on how to apply them in innovative ...

Operation Christmas Child for Puerto Rico

The graduate students’ organization Professional Graduate Honor Society from the MAEE program at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, for the second time, is coordinating the Operation Christmas Child of Puerto Rico event. Focused on helping people with a humane act of kidness with the help of the UPRM ...

Lost in the Woods

On Saturday, October 29, members of the English Department Student Association (EDSA) and the Future Teachers Association (AFM) joined forces with Dr. Linda Rodríguez and took a Halloween adventure to children at Mayagüez’s Children’s Library. From friendly dogs to a scary forest filled with gargoyles, and witches, the children helped ...

Comparative Literature Courses for English Majors

For those interested in other perspectives on literature, here’s a Comparative Literature course offered by Prof. Christopher Powers next semester.

Course Offering LITE5336

Next Semester the Department of Humanities will be offering LITE 5336 which is titled “Literatura Global Escrita por Mujeres” by Dr. Ana Kothe and it will be on Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Throughout the semester the course will be exploring the various topic, themes, and  representations of the female literacy around the world. The ...

World View Through Life Writing of The World

If you have ever pondered the cultural similarities and differences in autobiographical writings of different countries around the world then you are not alone. Dr. Ricia Chansky has been a professor of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) for nine years. Her curiosity about autobiographical narratives and life ...

English 3300: Digital Media Criticism

I would like to invite you to take my INGL 3300 Special Topics course next semester, titled Digital Media Criticism. This course will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 pm.

AERA invites you to apply for the “Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop”

There is a great opportunity for undergraduates interested in researching education. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is accepting applications for an  Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop held on Thursday, April 27th – Saturday, April 29th during the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. This workshop will help ...

An Out of this World Graduate Job Opportunity!

By combining cutting-edge technology with hands-on learning, SPACE CAMP inspires young men and women to dream big and to work hard to make those dreams a reality. – Melissa Siroky The U.S Space & Rocket Center, Home of Space Camp, in Huntsville AL, is looking for English majors graduating this December ...

El editor ante las imágenes de una película

Marie Alicia González, natural de Cabo Rojo, es una experimentada editora de películas y medios de diferentes tipos. Egresada de la Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión en San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, ha trabajado como editora y en el area de posproducción en general por más de 10 ...

Media Literacy with Dr. Aixa Rodríguez

English major interested in media and how they create messages? Are you pursuing the Writing and Communication minor? Then this is for you! English 3057: Media Literacy This course will help you learn the production techniques, language and ideological devices mass media use to attract different audiences and influence how ...

Spring Courses with Dr. Stephens: Creative Nonfiction & Cultural Studies

Calling all English majors and graduate students! Professor Gregory Stephens will be offering these courses during the Spring Semester of 2017: INGL4008 Creative Nonfiction This course can help students doing the Writing and Communication minor, and English majors in general, to develop their writing skills and other practical skills that ...

Meet the MAEE Students Working on their Theses

To complete the graduating requirements for the Master’s of Arts in English Education (MAEE) some students decide to pursue a Thesis on a topic of their interest rather than take the Comprehensive Examination. Each respective thesis has a committee chair and several members who will guide, advise, and provide critical ...

Study Caribbean Literature with two Courses this Spring

To the English Department community and to all who may be interested, professor Ricia A. Chansky will be offering the following two courses for the 2017 Spring Semester: INGL 3318 Introduction to Caribbean Literature INGL 4045 Advanced Study of Caribbean Literature

GRIC’s Open House

Welcome to GRIC! Date: Wenesday, November 2, 2016 Time: 8:00am-7:00pm Location: General Library- GRIC Graduate students, professors and researchers: It is with great pleasure we inform you that the Graduate Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) began offering its services on September 1, 2016. To learn more about its hours, services, ...

Máter Atómico – Thursday, November 3, 6 PM, CH-121

Cinematheque and the Department of Social Sciences present Máter Atómico Thursday, November 3, 6 PM CH-121 A series of short documentaries about Puerto Rico and the Cold War during the 1960s accompanied by a conversation about the creative process involved in the making of the films and the issues they ...

Working With Voices: A Grammar In Context Workshop

Profesor Waleska Morciglio will be offering a grammar in context workshop on Thursday, November 10. The workshop will take place in Chardon 326, from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

Doing it for the Children!

On October 1st , both members of the Asociación de Futuros Maestros (AFM) and English Department Student Association (EDSA) were delighted to lead an arts and crafts workshop at the Children’s Library in Mayagüez. Both coordinating groups, as well as the children and parents who attended, were able to enjoy the ...

You’re Invited to: A Meet Up!

UPRM is hosting a meet up with the University of Curacao on October 20th at CH 319 from 10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m. It’s purpose is to discuss important topics such as: Pop Culture, Cultural Studies and Social Politics. Don’t miss this great oportunity to take part of this awesome ...

Edcel Cintrón, the GRIC, and its Shaping of the Future

Mr. Edcel Cintrón González works on the GRIC, which stands for the Graduate Research and Innovation Center, as a graduate writing facilitator, a position he’s been working on since January 2016. The GRIC is a creative space that encourages collaboration and innovation, where graduate students and university faculty meets for ...

Meet the New English Graduate Students

Do you want to know who are our new MAEE students? Here we present our Spring and Fall 2016 new English graduate students: Spring 2016 My name is Keyla González Díaz, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. Right now I do not have a teacher’s ...

Elicit Innovation 2: The Why Behind Your Projects

On Saturday, September 3rd, I attended a Conference and Startup Innovation Fair on campus brought to us by a group of students who are part of  the Idea Platform Association. At first, I didn’t know what I was going to find or how I’d fit in as an English major ...

CFP: 3rd Annual Pop Culture Academic Conference

The PCSA members invite you to participate and be a part of their third annual academic popular culture conference which will take place in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus on March 10 through 12, 2017. The conference’s theme is titled Adjusting the Moral Compass: Highlighting the Dark Sides of Fiction and Reality. More ...

Dr. Linda Rodriguez’s enchanting “Children of the Sea”

Writer and performing artist Linda Rodriguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She obtained her in Ph.D at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she presented her dissertation titled: “Historical Narratives in the Caribbean: Women Giving Voice to History.” Her dissertation was only the start of her works featuring ...

We Teach 2: Seeking Educational Purpose and Understanding

On Saturday October 22, 2016; Alan Valle, Ashley Miranda, Jessie Mundo, Mei Lisa Acevedo and Yexcica Cappas, five graduate students from UPRM’s English Department will be giving innovative strategies on ESL. This mini congress will take place at Chardon 326 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m *snacks will be provided *CEP ...

Minor in Writing and Communication Meetup

Do you like writing and the business of communication? Do you wish you could do a minor on writing and communication? Then this is your chance. Next Thursday, October 13 at 4:00pm there would be an orientation and gathering held at CH-326. Don’t miss your chance! Host by: The Writing and Communication ...

A Cup of Coffee with Dr. Rosa Roman

Dr. Rosa Roman is currently an associate professor at the UPRM’s English Department, she also works with the Teachers Preparation Program, advanced undergraduate students, and new graduate students enrolling  in the Masters Program (MAEE). She offers INGL 5010 (Perspectives on Teaching of English as a Second Language) to undergrads, a course taken in conjunction with the ...

Writing Clinic for Graduate Students: Abstract Writing

Abstracts/Resúmenes (GRIC Writing Clinic) martes 20 de septiembre de 2016 Lugar: GRIC – Biblioteca General Hora: 10:30 AM Abstracts are required for most projects graduate students will undertake during their academic and professional careers. In this clinic you will learn about the different types of abstracts that are commonly used ...

Digital Literature is Here to Stay: A Conversation with Prof. Leonardo Flores

We live in an era in which technology can’t be ignored. It has taken over our workplace, homes and generation. It has also taken over a big part on the way we communicate and study. So can you imagine yourself reading a poem that moves and changes, from being read ...

Presentation: Periodismo en Medios Digitales

Next Tuesday, September 13 Prof. Leonardo Flores will be offering a workshop titled “Periodismo en Medios Digitales.” The event is part of the Talleres de Redacción Periodística series offered by the Centro de Redacción and it will take place in CH-326 from 10:30-12:00. This presentation and workshop will explore various ...

A Talk with Dr. Sandra L. Soto

Dr. Sandra L. Soto earned her B.A. in English Literature in 2007, and the M.A. in English Education in 2009, from our very own campus. She later went on to  pursue her PhD in Anthropology and Education in 2014, from the University of Arizona in Tuscon. Passionate about education from ...

New Book: Translanguaging in Higher Education: Beyond Monolingual Ideologies

What if a teacher gives a class using multiple linguistic and non-linguistic features, cambiando simultáneamente de un idioma a otro in order to optimize communication? That’s called Translanguaging, a practice employed today by some teachers and professors in their classrooms by shifting between a language to any other. In Puerto ...

Call for Proposals 2016 PRTESOL Convention

Attention Faculty and Graduate students! The deadline for proposals for 2016 PRTESOL Convention has been extended to September 15th.  This year the convention will be held on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. The convention’s speakers will be Dr. Donaldo Macedo, Dr. Antonia Darder, and ...

Scholarships, Internships, and Exchange Programs: Fall 2016 Update

As you settle into your Fall semester routine and have a little time to plan ahead for your future, you might want to take a look at some scholarship, internship, and exchange program opportunities available to you. This blog regularly reports on opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, which you ...

New M.A.E.E Program Forms

Attention graduate students enrolled in our MAEE program. The Plan of Study and Amendment to the Plan of Study Forms have changed. There is also a new form that everyone with an assistantship needs to fill in to certify their professional development hours. This form is essential to the renewal ...

Elicit Innovation Conference with Internship Opportunities

A great opportunity for internships is coming up! The Elicit Innovation Conference and Startup Fair will be held this Saturday, September 3 from 8:30 to 5:00 pm. In addition to talks and workshop activities, there will be a Startup Fair from 2:00-5:00 pm in which companies will be recruiting students ...

You are invited: MAEE Student Orientation

The English Department Graduate Committee will be offering its orientation for new students in the Master of Arts in English Education (MAEE) program. This orientation will take place on Friday, September 2 in CH-326 from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  

Graduate Student Glory Soto interviewed for TexLER

Our MAEE student Glory Soto was interviewed at the University of Texas at San Antonio during the 17th Annual Texas Language Education Research (TexLER) Conference held on February 20th 2016. In the interview she speaks of the initial findings of her thesis project, titled “Exploring Academic Writing at the Graduate ...

The English Department Communications Network

The English Department uses a variety of tools to communicate with its students, faculty, community, and the world. Website: This site has information on courses, curriculum, faculty, and other administrative matters. Blog: Launched in 2007, this important part of the website is used to publish up to date information on ...

Welcome to the English Department!

The Department of English welcomes the Class of 2021! We received 35 “prepas” to our Department. We wish you the very best in your academic endeavors and your Colegial journey! We are here to assist you and support you through this challenging and rewarding process! Rosita L. Rivera, PhD English ...

Fulbright 2016 Competition

The Fulbright U.S. Student program fully funds a year of graduate study, research, or teaching English abroad. See the following post in the Fulbright @ UPRM blog for details. Of special interest to graduating English majors is the English Teaching Assistant program, which sends you to a country of your ...

Scholarships for Graduate Studies in Mexico

BECAS CLACSO-CONACYT • EDICIÓN 2016 – B Para realizar maestrías y doctorados en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades en universidades mexicanas investigando sobre temas vinculados al país de origen del estudiante Con el fin de fomentar la cooperación internacional con países de América Latina y el Caribe, el Consejo Latinoamericano de ...

2016 Graduates: Where Are They Headed?

New students enter the halls of Colegio each year, which means current undergraduates are heading out to bigger pastures. Some of these undergrads head straight into graduate studies and others take a well deserved break while reflecting on what they want to do in life. Nevertheless, it is an accomplishment to ...

Internado Arturo Morales Carrión

There’s a wonderful paid internship opportunity in Washington DC for the Fall 2016 semester. It’s called the Internado Arturo Morales Carrión and its deadline is July 20, 2016. Its focus is international relations: an area that is quite accessible to English majors interested in careers in diplomacy, translation, and other ...

Six Scholarships to Study at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Did you know that there’s a yearly scholarship to send 6 students from the UPR system to study a semester at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)? This scholarship program between the UPR system, the UAM, and the Banco Santander fully funds (including travel and a generous stipend) 4 undergraduate ...

Breakfast of Champions

Classes are over and finals are among us, yet throughout all the madness there was still time to celebrate a special occasion. On Wednesday, May 11, the English Department held a Breakfast for Champions to commemorate the students who completed either their Bachelor of Arts or their Master of Arts in ...

I ♥︎ E-Poetry Café

Monday, May 3rd marked the beginning of a new era for poetry at La Cueva de Tarzán. Dr. Leonardo Flores’s Digital Humanities interns launched the first ever I ♥︎ E-Poetry Café, an event that celebrated electronic poetry, the intersection between poetry and technology.  Over the course of the night, students from ...

May the 4th Be with you EDSA & PCSA!

Celebrating Star Wars Day comes as second nature to the members of the English Department, as exemplified by their stellar initiation ceremonies on Wednesday, May the 4th. The ceremony welcomed the new directives for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year by the English Department Student Association (EDSA) and the Popular Culture ...

Congratulations to 2016’s Mellowes Award Winners: Demi Fuentes and Ana Portnoy!

The English Department would like to offer its most sincere congratulations to this year’s Mellowes Award recipients: Demi Fuentes & Ana Portnoy! The competition was tough this year, with five candidates in the running, and even resulting in a tie for the award. Both winners were tremendously excited and proud to ...

Sign up for INGL 6055-Studies in Literature with Dr. Nandita Batra this Fall

This Fall, join Dr. Nandita Batra in her INGL 6055: Studies in Literature Class as she explores “The Sea Voyage Narrative from the 18th Century to Present Times.” You can view the complete flyer for the course below:

Creative Nonfiction (INGL 4008-036) by Dr. Gregory Stephens this Fall

Dr. Gregory Stephens– see our recent article about him— will be teaching Creative Nonfiction (INGL 4008-036) this Fall on T-Th 9:00-10:15 a.m. Creative Nonfiction (CNF) has been described as a Fourth Genre, which should take its place in literary studies, alongside the “big three” of fiction, poetry, and drama/film. This ...

UPRAA Scholarship Opportunity

Here’s an interesting scholarship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any UPR campus. It covers tuition costs for the next academic year. Here’s a link to the Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) website. You can read the guidelines and application form are ...

Meeting up with Dr. Gregory Stephens

“Critical thinking has a price.” Being open-minded and having different beliefs than the family one grows up with can lead one to distance oneself from them. This is something Dr. Stephens exposes in his essay “Father’s Day Blues”, where a variety of topics urge the reader to question themselves and their ...

Course: English 3326: Minority Literature in the US

This upcoming Fall Semester 2016-21017, Dr. Ricia A. Chansky is offering the course INGL3326: Minority Literature of the US. Stemming from Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story”, this course will explore the multiple and diverse voices that interpret and record U.S. experiences. This course will be taught ...

Honor Roll Students Celebration

Congratulations to this year’s Honor Roll Students! This past Friday, the English Department held a small ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s distinguished students. The list was quite large this year, considering the requirements one must meet to fall into the Honor Roll. The students had to have been ...

Hostos Museum Visit with Dr. Sefranek

Dr. Mary Sefranek is an Associate Professor at UPRM, whose research areas include: Latin@ Studies in English Education, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Multiliteracies and Multimodality Theorizing and Practice, etc. As part of her EING 6005: Foundations of English Education, Dr. Sefranek discusses bilingual education in the U.S. and how it eventually affects ...

Summer Course Offering (July 2016): Epic Fantasy Cinema

This summer, during its July 4-week session, Dr. Leonardo Flores will be offering English 3345: Topics in Cinema. The topic for this session will be Epic Fantasy Cinema– that is, fantasy film series that seek to build worlds and tell narratives on an epic scale. In this course students will ...

New Course in the Fall: Poetry Since 1945

I am pleased to announce a new graduate course that will be offered in the Fall 2016: English 6048: Poetry Since 1945. We will meet on Mondays from 6:30-9:15 pm. This course will be a historical exploration of poetry in the age of media. It will both cover and go ...

E-Poetry Reading

La Cueva de Tarzan will be hosting a night that celebrates E-Poetry on May 2nd from 6 to 8 PM. Aptly named the “I ♥︎ E-Poetry Café”, it is a night that promises to engage and enrapture visitors with its different flavor of poetry.  If you’re a fan of the written word and want to ...

6 Things You Missed from the PCSA Conference

If you didn’t go to the “II Annual Popular Culture Conference: From Person to Persona: Exploring Transformative Identity in Authors, Characters, and Individuals,” you have certainty missed out on something special. Not only were the workshops informative and interesting, they also were developed based on Popular Culture. The Presenters took their favorite ...

“Matrícula” Orientation for Undergraduates

On Thursday, April 14, 2016 during Universal Hour, the Department of English offered an orientation for undergraduates regarding the upcoming enrollment period. The enrollment, or “matrícula,” orientation period began on Monday, April 4 with the release of available courses for the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters. Orientation at the department was available until Friday, April ...

English Department Director Search Committee Report

Dr. Rosita Rivera has been appointed as English Department Director “en propiedad.” You can access the Search Committee’s report to the Dean of Arts and Sciences in this folder (UPR login required). Congratulations to Dr. Rivera on her appointment! The English Department Director Search Committee Dr. Linda Rodríguez, Chair Dr. ...

PCSA Proudly Presents a Weekend of Popular Culture for Everyone

The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) is the place to be this weekend, with two days of academic discussion of popular culture at the Chardón Building, followed by the celebration of the second WestCon Anime Expo. The weekend’s festivities will begin with the “II Annual Popular Culture Conference: From ...

Visit us Now on Instagram!

The English Department now has an Instagram Page! The page features famous and not-so-famous writers from the English Universe, while also including quotes by authors from diverse backgrounds and photos from departmental activities and the UPRM campus itself. The images of writers are accompanied by a brief biography of the featured authors and aim to ...

Las Vacas con Gafas

UPRM’s film association, Cinémathèque, teamed up with ALE (Asociación de Lenguas Extranjeras), The Foreign Languages Association, to present a viewing of the Puerto Rican film, “Las vacas con gafas”.  This local viewing featured the film’s director, producer, and writer Alex Santiago.  Following the film, an engaging dialogue about the film-creation process, the ...

The Routledge Auto|Biography Studies Reader: Dr. Ricia Chansky

“Studying narrated lives is changing lives.” – Dr. Chansky Congratulations are in order for Dr. Ricia Chansky! This past November she released her latest book: “The Routledge Auto | Biography Studies Reader.”  This book is an anthology of theories in Autobiography Studies, and is divided into three sections: the Foundation ...

Paid Internship and Scholarship Opportunities for English Students

Did you know that most English majors and graduate students are eligible to apply for a $500-$5,000 scholarship every year? The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has scholarship programs for Hispanic high school, college, and graduate students who will be enrolled next academic year. The application process is simple, but requires writing ...

Dr. Rosita Rivera’s Candidacy Presentation

On January 26th, Dr. Rosita Rivera gave a presentation of her vision and plans for the English Department in support of her candidacy for a formal appointment as English Department Director. Dr. Rivera discussed her view on how to deal with the UPRM’s current fiscal crisis and the improvement of courses ...

English Department Director Candidacy Presentation

The English Department’s Director Search Committee invites the English Department community– faculty, students, and personnel– to Dr. Rosita Rivera’s presentation on her candidacy for English Department Chair, a position she currently occupies in an interim capacity. Even though Dr. Rivera is the only candidate for the position, this will be an ...

Catching up with Dr. Lamore

You may have seen him around campus these last few years, with a book in hand and willing to help students with their work. Dr. Eric D. Lamore has formed part of the English Department Faculty since 2008. He received his PhD from the Illinois State University, joined the UPRM, and ...

Movie Medievalism: Dr. Nickolas Haydock

Have you ever wondered what professors do in their research? Did you know that among our own English professors is the author of a book that discusses the medieval history interpretation in the contemporary film industry? I’m referring to Dr. Nickolas Haydock, who wrote “Movie Medievalism: The imaginary Middle Ages.” His text ...

English 3238: Digital Creative Writing with Dr. Leonardo Flores

What does it mean to write creatively in digital media? Is it any different than writing for the printed page? How can we explore the expressive potential of digital media spaces? This course, offered by Dr. Leonardo Flores this Spring 2016 semester on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6:00-7:15 pm) will ...

English 3325: Modern Poetry – The Hipster Edition

Join Prof. Leonardo Flores for an exploration of the hipster poets of the early 20th century, responsible for (temporarily) shifting poetry away from Romantic subjectivity and Victorian adherence to poetic form and morality. Their poetry was innovative, edgy, annoyingly erudite, deliberately difficult, typographically experimental, and absolutely brilliant, even in its ...

Luchas de Antes, Ahora, y… ¿Siempre?

This conference was organized by Dr. Mary Sefranek and focused on giving ex-political prisoners a voice within the UPRM campus, allowing students to witness history through them. Two courses, both created by Dr. Sefranek, tied into the conference, INGL 3300: Rebellion and Revolution in the Diaspora for undergraduates and INGL 6985: “En Resistencia y ...

Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Recap

In case you missed the event of the year (not kidding), here are some highlights. The performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show has become a tradition at UPRM, and because of its ongoing success had two performances on different nights, November 9 and 10th, with both shows starting at 6:00 ...

INGL 3057: Media Literacy with Dr. Aixa L. Rodriguez

This coming Spring semester, Dr. Aixa L. Rodriguez will be offering INGL 3057: Media Literacy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 pm. The course will focus on “the production techniques, language and ideological devices the mass media uses to attract different audiences and to influence how we see our world.” It will help students ...

Cuestionario de Opinión Estudiantil (COE) en Línea

This semester, student evaluations of their courses will be done online. This slideshow (developed by the Biology Department) explains the process.

Nominations Open for English Department Director

The English Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus has opened nominations for a Director. Candidates must be from within the UPR system and possess a terminal degree in an area within English Studies such as Writing, Communications, Linguistics, Literature, Film, Theatre, English Education, or Comparative Literature. Please ...

Brace yourselves: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join EDSA, PCSA, TeatRum and Cinémathèque in this year’s rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Figueroa Chapel in the UPRM. Help celebrate the show’s 40th Anniversary with Virgin Games, Groupies, and musical numbers that never seem to lose their charm. The show will span from November 9th  to ...

INGL 6030: Theory and Practice of Composition by Dr. Gregory Stephens

This coming Spring semester, Dr. Gregory Stephens will be offering the Embodied Writing & Rhetoric course on Thursdays from 6-9 pm.  This seminar will center on teaching students how to use embodied rhetoric as a doorway into the world of rhetoric and composition, and as a tool to do research and writing. This skill ...

Magna Feria Internacional del Libro Eugenio María de Hostos

The International Hostos Book Fair has become  a new tradition in Mayagüez. It all started back in 2010 and is celebrated every year and a half, it is filled with diverse topics to educate the community and improve the quality of life of the citizens of the western region. This rewarding event will take ...

Open Mic Night

EDSA has joined forces with the Café Colegial: Cueva de Tarzan to celebrate La Cueva’s 10th anniversary. They are both inviting you to their Open Mic Night this Thursday October 29th starting at 5:00pm. Come to celebrate with a very special guest star; poet Bonafide Rojas. Don’t miss out on  night full of fun ...

Applying to PhD Programs: Personal Statement and CV Workshop

On Tuesday, October 27 at 10:30 am in Chardón 326, I will be offering a workshop for the Professional Graduate Honor Society titled “Applying to PhD Programs: Personal Statement and CV Workshop.” Here is what you should bring to the workshop: Compile a list of universities you’d like to apply ...

Undergraduate Mixer

The Undergraduate Mixer will be on Thursday, October 22 at 10:30am in CH-326. You will receive important information about registration for Spring 2016 and get to know your advisors & department! Don’t miss it!

Banned Book Week with EDSA

The annual celebration of Banned Books Week took place from September 27nd to October 3rd this year, with the English Department Student Association (EDSA) taking charge of its coordination. The week was established by the American Library Association (ALA) in an effort to unite “the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, ...

Cinémathèque Event: “El Lenguaje Cinematográfico del Horror”

Cinémathèque invites you to a presentation by Dr. Leonardo Flores titled “El Lenguaje Cinematográfico del Horror.”     Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Time: 10:30 am Location: Sanchez Hidalgo 205 In this talk, Dr. Flores will be screening clips of classic horror movies, and discussing some of the cinematic techniques ...

Harry Potter at UPRM

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Ronald Dahl Something magical certainly took place on October 8th in the English Department’s Language Lab. The Popular Culture Student Association (PCSA) had its Fall initiation and it was amazingly geeky (in all the great ways). The PCSA is a relatively new ...

Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships

Attention English Department undergraduate and graduate students. This resource is full of great opportunities for funding that you should seriously consider and apply to every year, if necessary. Scholarships for undergraduates: Gates Millenium Scholarship (first year students only, deadline January 13) Summer Research Opportunity (SROP) Hispanic Scholarship Fund (competition opens ...

Extending Caribbean Literature to the Real World

As part of her Literature of the English-Speaking Caribbean class, Dr. Ricia Chansky tasks her students with a micro-documentary project. Though it is a recent development, the project has been met with much enthusiasm from the students themselves. The micro-documentaries, as the name suggests, take a look at the life ...

a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and Dr. Ricia Chansky

Every single student, professor or employee here is aware of how prestigious it is to be at the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayagüez. But rarely do we hear about the achievements made by various members of our English Department. For example, did you know that a 30 year-old ...

International Congress of Medieval Studies, May 2016 Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2016) is now available. The congress is an annual gathering of around 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. It features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. There are also some ...

Out Loud! Festival Video

For seven years, Dr. Ricia Chansky, along with her skilled Student Coordinators, have organized the annual Out Loud! Festival. It has given Advanced English II students the opportunity to hone their critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills by combining literature and creativity into board games, stories, art, and other ...

Fulbright Programs for English Students

Did you know that Fulbright funds year-long international exchange programs? The competition for the 2016-17 year is now open and the deadline is approaching (September 15). Read this for our orientation calendar. Fulbright has three types of programs that are relevant to our English majors and graduate students: The English ...

Summer Course: Digital Writing for the Media

Digital Writing for the Media (INGL 3268) will be offered by Dr. Leonardo Flores during the first summer session on Mondays to Fridays from 10:10-12:35. This course will explore the Web as a platform for organizations to publish information, news, press releases, and other kinds of professional writing. The students ...

Fall 2015 Courses with Dr. Leonardo Flores

This Fall 2015 semester Dr. Leonardo Flores will teach three courses, all of which inform digital studies in different ways: Cyberpunk Cinema is a film course that engages the digital thematically while developing a critical vocabulary to analyze cinema. Introduction to Poetry will show how the most intense use of ...

From Imagination to Creation: A Recap of The Pop Culture Conference

The Department of English and the Pop Culture Student Association hosted a Pop Culture conference from Friday March 13 to Saturday March 14. The Conference, titled “From Imagination to Creation: How Popular Culture Redefines and Restructures our Reality”, touched up on important topics that pop culture presents in mass media ...

Seventh Annual Out Loud! Festival

Date: April 8th, 2014 Time: 8:00am to 8:00pm Place: Chardón-326 & Figueroa-Chapel Amphitheater On April 8th, the seventh annual Out Loud! Festival will be taking place with over 100 students participating from the Advanced English course sequence. The event demonstrates students’ critical thinking through creative works and all projects tie back ...

Linguistics Colloquium 2015 – A Recap

Earlier today, on Friday, March 20th, the English Department Student Associated (EDSA) hosted their first ever Linguistics Colloquium. The event consisted of several presentations led by undergraduate students from a variety of fields, from Linguistics to Business Administration, Social Sciences, and Engineering. This diversity helped support one of the concepts introduced during the colloquium: the versatility ...

Linguistics Colloquium 2015

The Student Research in Linguistics and Language Colloquium will be held on Friday, 20th of March from 3:30 to 6:00 in CH-326 (Language Lab). The purpose of the colloquium is to showcase original research done by undergraduates in linguistics and to offer the general student body a sense of some of the ...

CEA-CC Conference – A Recap

The Caribbean Chapter of the College English Association’s (CEA-CC) annual conference took place last Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. As presenters and attendees registered, the guests received welcome packets with readings material and information relevant to the presentations. I got to speak with one of the presenters beforehand, ...

College English Association – Caribbean Chapter’s 2015 Conference: Disability Studies

The Caribbean Chapter of the College English Association’s (CEA-CC) annual conference will be held on campus from Thursday, March 12 to Friday, March 13, in the Celis building. The theme for this year is Disability Studies and presentations relate to disability and pedagogy, disability in the Caribbean, disability and gender, and disability ...

EDSA Children’s Library Fantasy Event Recap

Last Saturday, February 21, the English Department Student Association (EDSA) hosted the first Mayagüez Children’s Library (Biblioteca Juvenil) event of the semester. The event was just as successful as the Superhero Saturday event EDSA held at the library last year, following the same scheme except with a fantasy theme this time. ...

Join Eva C. Karpinski for two talks on migration, translation, and identity

To be held at Salón Tarzan at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez on the 19th of February, 2015. No entry fee required. 9:00am Diasporic Afro-Caribbean/Canadian Literature 3:00pm Contemporary Translation Theory Sponsored by the English Department and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Gabriel Romaguera talks about the Pop Culture Conference

With the First Ever Pop Culture Conference in Puerto Rico just around the corner, we’ve decided to interview Gabriel Romaguera, an English Department alumni who is helping organize the event and has been kind enough to give us some information on what event is all about. Q: First things first, ...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE Encore

The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE encore will be on Monday, February 9, at 7:00pm in the Ramon Figueroa Chapel amphitheater. Due to the first show being a full house, leaving out half of the people in line to see it, a second show was highly requested. EDSA, TeatRUM, and Cinémathèque ...

Paid Summer Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

On Thursday, January 15, 2015 Leonardo Flores will be offering an orientation on paid summer and semester internships for undergraduate and graduate students. We will discuss paid internship programs that will help you develop 21st century skills in areas known as the Digital Humanities and enhance your employment prospects as ...

Hello World 3.0

Welcome to the new and improved English Department website! This is the third English Department website developed by me or with my direction, and it is a particularly satisfying one because it was built almost entirely by my talented students. Here’s a brief history of how it came to be ...

EDSA Fall Initiation 2014 Recap

This past Wednesday, December 3, EDSA (English Department Student Association) had their Fall initiation, where students who were active in the association during the semester were certified as official members. The activity was held in CH-326. The night started off with a presentation of all the events EDSA worked on this ...

Human Animal Boundary: Exploring the Line in Philosophy and Fiction

Symposium to be held at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, 10-12 April 2015. We welcome papers from several disciplines, including literature and philosophy. – Program – Registration and Fees – Conference Site   Coordinator: Nandita Batra (nandita.batra@upr.edu) Consulting Coordinator: Mario Wenning (University of Macau mwenning@umac.mo) Associate Coordinators: Ana Kothe (anam.kothe@upr.edu) Mary Leonard (mary.leonard@upr.edu) ...

RUMEGA Operation Christmas Child

Join RUMEGA in collaboration with EDSA and PCSA to help make a child’s holiday season special! 🙂 Fill a shoebox with gifts for a child from ages 2-4, 5-9, 10-14 for a boy or girl. HOW TO PACK A SHOEBOX: Shoebox: Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). ...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE 2014 Recap

 The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE on Tuesday, October 28, held at the Ramon Figueroa Chapel amphitheater was a full house and more, leaving out about half of the crowd that was waiting in line that went all the way around the building.  The amphitheater seats 364 people, and this ...

Open House Recap

This past Friday, October 24th, there was a UPRM open house for high school students from all over the island. Every department set up their own table all around campus to receive students for orientation. Volunteers worked at the tables informing students about each department to help them make the decision of ...

Open Mic Night Recap

EDSA collaborated with TACU and La Cueva de Tarzan to host an ”Open Mic Night” as part of La Cueva de Tarzan’s 9th Anniversary Celebration. This event included poetry readings, music, stand-up comedy, improv, and live art (courtesy of TACU). Open Mic Nights are great for students who are into ...

EDSA Book & Bake Sale Recap

EDSA had one of their famous bake sales this week to raise funds for future events. The event was a total success, having sold almost all of the cookies, cupcakes, and brownies that the members donated. The volunteers did a great job, working together intently for two hours straight with ...

Undergraduate Mixer Recap

The department hosted the annual Undergraduate Mixer in order for students to meet their advisors and to inform them on associations that they can join. This took place at CH-326, with Prof. Nancy V. Vicente informing students on the importance of meeting with your advisors and keeping track of your curriculum, and presentations ...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE!

Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab. EDSA, TeatRum, and Cinematheque are collaborating to host this year’s ”The Rocky Horror Picture Show” live performance! As is tradition, there will be a cast acting out the musical performances onstage while the movie plays in the back, a ...

Superhero Saturday (Children’s Library event) Recap

EDSA hosted their ‘’Sabado de superheros’’ at the Mayagüez Children’s Library. The event was very successful, with around 45 children attending. The volunteers attended each group circle of children, reading to them, helping them out with crafts, and providing snacks. The books were all related to superheroes, and the crafts ...

Banned Books Day 2014 Recap

EDSA hosted their Banned Books Day in commemoration of Banned Books Week, an event that is celebrated worldwide. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings ...

Superhero Saturday

EDSA and the Mayagüez Children’s Library invite you to their event ‘’Superhero Saturday.’’ We’ll have arts and crafts, games, group readings, and you can dress up as your favorite superhero. The event will be on the 27th of September at 9:30am. It is free and open to all ages. Contact ...

Banned Books Day

Explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning! Thursday, September 25th we will be having a ”Banned Book Day” in commemoration of ”Banned Book Week”. There will be presentations, events, and a workshop all dedicated to banned books, sponsored by EDSA and The Mayawest Writing Project. Presentations: ...

New English Department Blog

The New English Department Blog is available at https://www.uprm.edu/english/?q=blog, and every faculty member already has the access privileges to post. To post to the blog: log in to site (you will receive your username and password by e-mail). Go to the Blog (link to Blog in the left hand menu). ...

OGS Policies: November 2010

Important information for MAEE students and faculty advisors! Please be aware of two recent OGS policy changes pertaining,  specifically, to: (1) students planning to change degree completion options; and (2) students planning to submit theses in December, 2010 or thereafter. 1) Students planning to switch degree completion options (SEE  OGS ...

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series Continues!

Please join us and invite students, faculty, and other interested parties to the second presentation of this semester’s ENGL 6006 Speaker Series. Dr. Nancy V. Vicente El Despertar: A Journey Into Colonial Experience December 1,  2010 @ 6:00 pm in Chardón 318 See flyer for additional information and/or write to ...

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series Returns!

Please join us and invite students, faculty, and other interested parties: Mentor and Mentee: Bridging two perspectives on GTA training in the Department of English at UPRM JENIFFER SANABRIA (MAEE, 2010) 10 November 2010 6:00 pm Chardón 318 See flyer for additional information:

Graduate Student Handbook (2010 Revised edition)

Dear MAEE students and faculty advisors: The revised and updated edition of the Graduate Student Handbook is now available. You may access the PDF file by clicking on link below. Please note that this edition of the handbook  replaces the September 2009 version and all prior ones. Exitos, GC GradHandbookOct2010FINALVERSION.pdf

MAEE Meet & Greet 2010

Dear MAEE students and English Department faculty: We hope you can ALL join us at our annual MAEE Meet & Greet: Graduate Student Reception and Orientation on Friday, October 22 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Chardón 326. It’s an invitation to meet & greet new and familiar faces: MAEE students and ...

MAEE welcomes seven new students

It’s an honor to introduce the new members of our MAEE community: Mercedes Estrada Matthew Kobialka Elizabeth Lenherr Kimberly Long Josué Morales Melissa Torres Juan Vera Please join us in welcoming these  graduate students to our Master of Arts in English Education program.  We wish them continued success and look ...

MAEE Deadlines for Semester I, 2010-2011

Dear MAEE students and faculty: Best wishes for a productive semester. To help you plan for it, the Graduate Committee has once again prepared the list of relevant deadlines for MAEE students.  The file has been sent to you via e-mail and can also be accessed here: MAEE Deadlines, Semester ...

Switching MAEE Degree Completion Options

This is a friendly reminder to all MAEE students. As was announced by the Office of Graduate Studies last February, beginning the first semester of the 2010-2011 academic year, students who would like to switch from Option I to Option II or vice-versa need to request an internal transfer the ...

MAEE Thesis Defenses August 2010

MAEE students Stella Ramírez Rodríguez, Karrieann Soto Vega, Jeniffer Sanabria Morell, and Gabriel Romaguera will be defending their thesis projects this week. Below you will find the schedule of the defenses. You’re all invited to attend but please be punctual to avoid any disruptions or unnecessary delays.

Information for students submitting thesis proposals

Beginning the first semester of the 2010-2011 academic year, when students submit the signed cover page of their approved thesis proposals to the Office of Graduate Studies they will also need to submit the form titled “FORMULARIO PARA SOMETER PROPUESTA DE DISERTACIÓN, TESIS O PROYECTO,” which must be signed by ...

Invitation to Karrieann Soto Vega’s Defense

English Department faculty and students are cordially invited to attend Karrieann Soto Vega’s oral defense of her M.A. thesis, Rocking and Reading: Exploring Multimodal Media Literacy in an ESL College Classroom, on Wednesday, August 11th, at 2:30 p.m. in Chardón 318. Come support Karrieann as she engages us in a ...

Institutos de fortalecimiento de Inglés y Matemáticas

Atención estudiantes de nuevo ingreso: Favor acceder el siguiente documento para información detallada acerca del Instituto de fortalecimiento de Matemáticas e Inglés.

Payday for the TAs!

During the student paro, the GTAs of the Department of English met with Betsy, Gayle, and Kevin at Town Center to eat, chat, exchange paperwork, and receive their paychecks.

English Department at 1st Conference of Qualitative Researchers in Puerto Rico

Graduate students Lisa Ortiz Guzmán and Yolanda Padilla Lebrón and faculty member Jocelyn A. Géliga Vargas recently precented their ongoing research projects at the Primer Encuentro de Investigadores Cualitativos de Puerto Rico (First Conference of Qualitative Researchers in Puerto Rico) held at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras from April ...

Congrats to English Major Laira Rosario

We ALL know Laira because she has been a reliable and diligent student assistant in our departmental office for over a year. SOME of us are also familiar with her excellent performance as a student in our English and/or Film Certificate courses. But perhaps only a FEW of us know ...

Review: Hollywood in the Holyland by Nick Haydock

Please see below review by D. Hoffman of Nick Haydock’s most recent book, Hollywood in the Holyland: Essays on Film Depictions of the Crusades and Christian-Muslim Classes (2009). https://www.uprm.edu/english/blogfiles/English/Hollywood%20in%20the%20Holy%20Land_%20Arthuriana%20Review.pdf

Join the Relevo por la Vida Walkathon April 24 & 25

The Relevo por la Vida Walkathon of the American Cancer Society will begin on Saturday, April 24 @ 2:00 pm and will continue until Sunday, April 25, 2010 @ noon. The English Department will join forces with the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at the Pista Sintética of UPRM and ...

Western TESOL Success!

Collage by Ivette Delgado The 33rd Annual Western PR TESOL conference was held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at IAU Aguadilla campus. Join us in congratulating our Graduate Students who participated in the session on Perspective and Research Regarding Language, Identity and Education. MAEE presenters were Ivette Delgado, Richard Diaz, Marylian ...

English Department SHINES at International Science Education Conference

Three members of our department recently participated in the Science Education in the 21st Century: Advantages, Pitfalls and Future Trends international symposium held at Colorado State University-Fort Collins from March 12-13, 2010. Dr. Rosita Rivera delivered a keynote address titled “Science Content, Language, Strategy and Technology Learning in a University-Level ...

Lecture and Workshop: Looking at Poems

Thursday, March 18 from 10:30-12:00 in SH-204 See how sounds are translated into visual information on the page using poetic formatting conventions such as line breaks, stanzas, and spacing. Learn how visual poetry traditions from 300 BC to the present blur the lines between visual art and poetry, urging us ...

Don’t miss L3’s “Undergrad Research in English” this March 4 at 10:30 in CH-318

Do you want to conduct research? Do you want to hone your skills in research and do it “the right way”? Do you want to learn how you can research and make money as a research assistant? Are you frustrated or stumped on what or how to focus your upcoming ...

English Dept. @ Del Otro La’o (3rd edition)

From March 2 through March 4, 2010 the UPRM will host the Third Colloquium On Queer Sexualities–¿Del Otro La’o? Our department will have a STRONG presence in this forum. Two graduate students will present papers: Wednesday, March 3 @ 10:40 am in the Cafeteria Annex Ángel D. Matos Caro TOWARDS ...

Humanities Conference & Workshop April 8 – 11 in Figueroa Chapel

April 8 @ 10:30 am -The Fun House Mirror: Reflections on Literary Translation (Prof. Franco Nasi) April 9 – 11 – Taller de Traducción For more information, please contact the Humanities Department, Ext. 3846

Successful RUMEGA Sandwich Sale!

On February 16, RUMEGA had a productive morning selling sandwiches and goodies to collect funds. Thank you to all who contributed!

Buy Your I Love English T-Shirt

If you would like an “I Love English” T-Shirt, please sign up and pay at the Department!

Children’s & YA Literature Workshops

Drs. Nancy Vicente and José Irizarry cordially invite you to participate in a series of workshops that will cover diverse topics of theoretical and pedagogical concern in the areas of Children’s and Young Adult Literatures. The workshops are co-sponsored by the INGL 6055: Studies in Literature course titled “An Introduction ...

Festival Tournees

El Programa de Frances del Departamento de Humanidades, El Certificado en Cine, La Alianza Francesa de Puerto Rico, y el Consulado Honorario de Francia les invitan al Festival de Cine Tournées Durante cada velada, se presentará una selección de los mejores cortometrajes europeos, estadounidenses, y puertorriqueños sometidos al Festival Romance ...

Last Sequence Course Colloquium of 2009-2010

On Thursday, February 25th, 2010, Drs. Judy Casey and Liz Dayton will host the last Sequence Course Colloquium meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year, a pilot program initiated in August of 2009 to enable course coordination committees to pool their resources and to promote more opportunities for professional development in ...

More on Moodle Doodling!

Last month, more than 34 members of the Department of English participated in the January 14th Doodle with Moodle! Demystifying the Newest Online Forum for Classroom Teaching workshop with Professor Arlinda López of the University of Puerto Rico’s Aguadilla Campus. On that day, Prof. López presented to a full house ...

About the CH-324 Computer

This computer is running with an operating system called Ubuntu (version 9.10), which has the following advantages: It makes more efficient use of the computer’s resources– that is, it starts up and runs faster. It is virus-free by design and is incompatible with the many viruses that attack Windows computers. ...

CFP: MAEE Open-Content Courses

The Graduate Committee invites ALL full-time faculty members to submit proposals for the two open-content courses we offer in the Master of Arts in English Education program. The deadline for proposal submission this semester is Tuesday, March 16 @ 4:30 p.m. The CFP has been sent to you via e-mail ...

MAEE Deadlines Spring 2010

MAEE students & faculty: Please click on the link below to access the pdf file including the MAEE deadlines for January-May 2010. A copy of the document was also e-mailed to you. MAEE Deadlines Jan-May 2010

Three Poetry Workshops

The Language of Poetry: Three workshops by Prof. Leonardo Flores “You can’t have art without resistance in the materials” –William Morris This series of workshops is designed for students and educators alike, who are interested in brushing up on their poetry analysis terminology and skills. For more details, see the ...

Doodle with Moodle

On Thursday, January 14th, 2010, the English Department and the Course Colloquium Sequence will sponsor Doodle with Moodle: Demystifying the Newest Online Forum for Classroom Teaching from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Chardón  325. Moodle is the new online resource adopted by the University of Puerto Rico to replace the former ...

ENGL 6006 Student Research Presentations

The ENGL 6006: Research Methods class invites the English Department community to our final event of the semester. On Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Chardón 318 the students enrolled in the course will be presenting their research proposals, which speak to a variety of current topics in English ...

MAEE Paper & Thesis Presentations-Fall 09

Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty are invited!

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series: November

The fourth edition of the  ENGL 6006 Speaker Series concludes this semester with the presentation of: Dr. Rosita L. Rivera Rodríguez Assistant Professor Department of English, UPRM Values and Beliefs in the Narratives of ESL Teachers with a Military Background: A Discourse Analysis 11 November 2009 * 6:00 pm * ...

GTA Nora Falvey Presents “Evaluating Online Resources”

On Monday (a Tuesday schedule), November 23, 2009, in Chardon 121, the next workshop in the new Course Colloquium Sequence (a series of workshops for which 0066, 3101-3102, 3201-3202, and 3103-3104 meet in common) will take place with guest speaker and Graduate Teaching Assistant Nora Falvey who will faciliate the ...

Overflowing Amphitheater at Death Penalty Seminar

The English Department’s sponsorship of a death penalty lecture by two invited guest speakers, Federal Public Defender Joseph C. Laws, Jr. and Assistant Federal Public Defender Victor Gonzalez-Bothwell from the Federal District Court of Puerto Rico, was a resounding success on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, with over three hundred students ...

Research in Literature

This document began as a little outline with practical advice, resources, and areas in the discipline for graduate students interested in research in literature (also useful for other fields), prepared by Prof. Leonardo Flores for a RUMEGA activity. It is now a document shared with the English Department Literature Sector ...

Death Penalty Seminar

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, INGL 3103/3104 is sponsoring a seminar titled: The Controversial Case of the Death Penalty in Puerto Rico A Legal Perspective from the Federal District Court with Federal Public Defender Joseph C. Laws, Jr. This seminar will take place in the Nursing Amphitheater from 3:30-5:00 and ...

The 2010 Teaching Professor Conference

Click on image to see complete call for proposals.

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series Continues

Please join us for the second talk of the Fall 2009 edition of the ENGL 6006 Speaker Series: Dr. Ricia Anne Chansky Assistant Professor Department of English, UPRM Beyond the Primary Text: Interdisciplinary Research as Academic Sleuthing 28 October 2009 * 6:00 pm * Ch-318 For additional information, see flyer ...

Computer Labs @ UPRM

Share this with your students, especially if you need them to print out an assignment for you. https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0Bx-L9vXR90VdNDc0Yjk3MTEtMjg4Ny00Yzg3LThiYmItNjQ3NmYwMjcxYzE5&hl=en Thanks to Jacquelina Alvarez for creating this and to Mary Sefranek for sharing it with me.

English Department Shines at “Rethinking the Mangrove”

The international conference “Rethinking the Mangrove: Second Symposium of Critical Practices in Caribbean Cultural Studies” took place October 15-17 in Mayagüez. Bringing together more than 200 participants to share in a conference of 25 panels with 100+ presenters as well as 2 keynote speeches, the event was a vibrant testimony ...

Jóvenes Cineastas del Oeste Postponed

Due to the academic recess this week, we are postponing Jóvenes Cineastas del Oeste until later in the semester.

L³ Newsletter – September 2009

Click below to view the most recent L³ Newsletter https://www.uprm.edu/english/blogfiles/English/Triple%20L%20Newsletter%20Issue%201.pdf

Graduate Handbook

The English Department Graduate Handbook is now available. Click here to open or download the file.

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series Returns!!!

We begin the Fall 2009 series with: Dr. Kevin S. Carroll Assistant Professor Department of English, UPRM Planning a Methodological Design in Language Studies 30 September 2009 * 6:00 pm * Ch-318 For additional information see flyer below or write jocelyna.geliga@upr.edu

Undergraduate Gathering Sept. 17 @ 10:30 in Ch-324

Please be sure to attend the activity!!! English ROCKS!!!

MAEE Meet & Greet 2009

MAEE students and English Department faculty are cordially invited to the Annual MAEE  Student Reception and Orientation, scheduled for Friday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Chardón 319. It’s an invitation to Meet & Greet new and familiar faces: MAEE students and the faculty who teach, advise or otherwise contribute ...

L3

The Linguistics, Literature and Language Society (L³) would like to invite all film students or enthusiasts to participate in our monthly newsletter and the society events.  In the newsletter there will be a film section where you may publish your written works, or discuss any topics you may feel are ...

Invitation to Course Colloquia Sequence

All Department Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to a new initiative in the 2009-2010 academic year, the Course Coordination Colloquia Sequence! This pilot project will be offered collaboratively across the 066, 3101-3102, 3201-3202, and 3103-3104 course coordination committees in the 2009-2010 academic year as an on-going series of ...

Once Upon a Time in the West

Check out this article about the UPRM Film Certificate published today in Diálogo Digital: http://dialogodigital.com/node/2358

Your Writing Center!

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Strategic Plan 2009 – 2016

Here is our Department’s Strategic Plan 2009 – 2016:

Breakfast of Champions on May 22, 2009

Graduating graduate and undergraduate students along with numerous faculty members gathered on Friday, May 22, 2009 in Ch-319 to celebrate our students’ completion of their degrees and to welcome their new endeavors.

Department of English @ Relevo por la Vida on May 2, 2009

Thank you to all faculty, students, and family members for making this event a total success!

Position for Assistant Professor in Literature and/or Writing

The Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor starting July, 1, 2009. Applicants must have a PhD in literature and/or writing. The professor hired would teach several sections of Advanced English and an ...

Update from Afro-Puerto Rican Testimonies: Spring 09

On March 19 the Afro-Puerto Rican Testimonies collective was featured in the Caribbean Conference cycle hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Regional Caribbean Library of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. Dr. Jocelyn A. Géliga Vargas and MAEE candidate Irmaris Rosas Nazario, along with UPRM alumnus Luis ...

COME MEET THE BLOGPORTERS

The staff and managing editor (Jocelyn A. Géliga Vargas) of The Colegio Blogporter invite you the presentation of their audiovisual media writing projects. Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m. Chardón 121 Projects include feature stories, brochures, posters, PSAs,  recruitment videos, among others. From February through May, 2009 students enrolled ...

ENGL 6006 Student Research Presentations

Please join us on Friday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Chardón 318. Here’s the program for the evening.  For additional information, see flyer below. Emily Matos Cortés ESL Reading Comprehension: A Meta-Synthesis of Current Qualitative Studies Judy Flores Learning English for Special Purposes Rafael Parrilla English Language Interaction and ...

MAEE Thesis Defenses

Students and faculty of the English Department are cordially invited to attend the thesis defenses that will take place this May: Wednesday, May 6 @ 2:00 pm (Chardón 319): Sandra Soto Thursday, May 7 @ 2:30 pm (Sala Asuntos de Académicos, Rectoría): Awilda Nieves Friday, May 8 @ 1:30 pm ...

The Language Connection Volume 2: Issue 2

The Spring issue of  The Language Connection, a publication created and crafted by our graduate and undergraduate students, and sponsored by our  L³ Society, is now available for viewing at the below link.  The Language Connection Spring 2009 Issue

Dr. Juan Flores @ UPRM on 4/21

Dr. Juan Flores (NYU, CUNY) will be presenting his two new books —The Diaspora Strikes Back and Bugalú y otros guisos— on Tuesday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. in Chardón 121. We hope to see you all there. For additional information, please contact jocelyna.geliga@upr.edu.

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series

The ENGL 6006 Research Methods class cordially invites all members of the English Department community to our fourth and final talk this semester: Using Quantitative Data in Qualitative Research By: Irmaris Rosas Nazario MAEE Candidate Department of English, UPRM Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 6:00 p.m. Chardón 318 Attendees will ...

Success at New Orleans!

Two MAEE candidates, Stella Ramirez and Jennifer Matos Ayala, presented at the 2009 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations at New Orleans, Louisiana.  This year’s conference boasted over two thousand attendees and presentations pertaining topics as varied as the culture of New Orleans itself.  Stella ...

Open Mic on March 24, 2009 @ 7:30 pm in the Cueva de Tarzán

Get together to celebrate Women’s History Month in an Open Mic that strives to unify female voices in one! Produced by Graciela Asrai Morales, through EDSA; “Women Let YOUR VOICE Be Heard” promises to be an entertaining night of engaging poetry and performances that shall bring feminism and femininity to ...

Research Highlights

Dr. Elizabeth Pine Dayton from the Department of English and Dr. Doris Martinez from the Department of Hispanic Studies recently returned to Barrio Obrero in Santurce to share the results of their 2006 – 2007 UPRM Seed Money Grant with Dominicans living in the community there. After much discussion, the ...

Arts and Sciences English Writing Center Goes USA

At the end of  February, Judy Casey represented PR at the SWCA –the  Southeastern Writing Centers Association (a cohort of NCTE) — of which we are a member– in Greensboro, North Carolina, the first time that PR has been come to this conference.  J. Casey presented her work on TuLA, ...

Feed* on 1st Annual Conference

On Saturday, February 21st, 2009, the English Department sponsored its 1st Annual Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, English as A Field of Change and Flow: Contemporary Practices and Research in English Education, Literature, and Linguistics. Marked particularly by outstanding student and faculty participation, both as volunteers and as presenters, ...

English Faculty and Graduate Student Present at X Congreso Puertorriqueño de Investigación en la Educación

On Thursday, March 12, 2009, Drs. Cathy Mazak, Ellen Pratt, Rosita Rivera, and Mary Sefranek will represent the UPRM and our Department of English at the 10th annual Puerto Rican Educational Research Conference at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras (http://cie.uprrp.edu/congreso/). Their panel presentation is titled “Navigating Digital ...

English 6006 Speaker Series: Third Talk

The ENGL 6006 Research Methods class cordially invites all members of the English Department community to our third event of the semester:   En sus propias palabras: Life History as Case Studies of Students’ Motivations   By: Sandra L. Soto Santiago MAEE Candidate Department of English, UPRM   Wednesday, March ...

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series Continues

The ENGL 6006 Research Methods class cordially invites all members of the English Department community to our second event of the semester:   Mastering the Land: Georgic as Defense of and Resistance to Slavery in James Grainger’s The Sugar Cane and Ouladah Equiano’s Narrative   By: Dr. Eric D. Lamore ...

L³ The Language Connection Newsletter – Spring 2009

The latest edition of the L³ Newsletter Spring 2009, The Language Connection, is hot off the presses. To access an electronic copy of this student-created newsletter, please select the below link. Way to go, Department of English students! language%20connection%20v%202.pdf

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series Begins…

On Wednesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in CH 318, Zaira Arvelo Alicea, MAEE Candidate and Research Assistant, will talk about the process of Designing a Study: From Abstract Concepts to Concrete Inquiries. Her presentation is based on her own recent journey from a student enrolled in a research methods course ...

Campus Verde Link

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Iris Toro performs spoken word poetry for INGL 6986: Boricua Poetry Takes a U-Turn

On Thursday, January 29, 2009, INGL 6986 (Special Topics II: Boricua Poetry Takes a U-Turn: Teaching the Nuyorican School of Poetry en la isla) welcomed Professor Iris Toro as a guest performer and speaker. Graduate students in this course recently reviewed selected readings from Juan Flores’ The Diaspora Strikes Back: ...

Need CEP credits? Do an assessment loop today!

All faculty and TAs can earn 3 CEP credits for an assessment project. Two projects = 6 credits, the maximum allowed each semester. For details, write to Judy Casey at jcasey@www.uprm.edu. (blog is not supporting the @ symbol, but you know my e-mail) No project too large or small! You ...

Writing Center — New Hours — Tell your students!

The Arts and Sciences Writing Center, SH-109, has new, extended hours. We support your classroom instruction in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Peer tutors (grad and UG) will discuss with your students the following: content, organization, audience, grammar, word choice, and more. Our tutors are not proof-readers ...

Our Conference Poster Now Available!

Thanks to the time, effort, and aesthetic design wizardry of graduate student Stella Ramirez, our official conference poster for English as a Field of Change and Flow is now available for you to print. Click here to download a copy. Please note that this poster looks best when printed on ...

MAEE Students’ Writing Workshop: Every Thursday 4-6 p.m.

The Arts and Sciences Writing Center, SH-109, is pleased to announce that every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. is reserved for MAEE students who wish to participate in our new writer’s workshop. All MAEE students are welcome to come and share their work with their peers. Two MAEE tutors will be ...

ENGL 6006 Speaker Series: Spring 2009

This semester our ENGL 6006 Speaker Series features the interdisciplinary and innovative research of faculty and graduate students of our department. Speakers include Dr. Eric D. Lamore, Assistant Professor, and Zaira Arvelo Alicea, Sandra Soto and Irmaris Rosas Nazario, all MAEE candidates. Please see the program below for additional information. ...

MAEE Deadlines: January-May 2009

Graduate students and faculty: The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) and English Department deadlines for the current semester (January-May 2009) are indicated in the document included below. A copy of this (revised) document was also sent to you via e-mail today.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Committee ...

MAEE OPTION III-Comprehensive Exam Policy (Revised)

The Graduate Committee of the English Department wishes to announce that the policy pertaining to the Comprehensive Examination degree completion option (”Option III”) has been modified. The revised policy (December 08) updates the October 08 version circulated last semester and the prior version included in the Graduate Student Handbook (August ...

Student Proposals Accepted for 1st Annual Conference

Drs. Judy Casey and Mary Sefranek are pleased to announce the students who will present at the 1st Annual Conference for UPRM Undergraduate and Graduate Students of English, English as a Field of Change and Flow: Contemporary Practices and Research in English Education, Literature, and Linguistics. After a blind review ...

1st Annual Student Conference, Extended Deadline

Because the semester has been extended, the new deadline for proposals has been extended to Sunday, Dec. 14. Please see related blog postings about this new and exciting conference!! Here’s the link to the official conference blog: http://blogs.uprm.edu/englishconference/

Need CEP Credits??

Complete one or two assessment loops for your classes. See details here on the blog, or contact Judy at caseymayaguez@hotmail.com. Deadine? Dec. 15.

ENGL 6006 Research Presentations

The English Department community is cordially invited to: The presentation of the research proposals developed by students enrolled in ENGL 6006: Research Methods. Presenters include: Emily Aguiló, Francheska Cruz, Sharon Díaz, Nora Falvey, Tia Gilson, Robert Haithcock, Geovanna Méndez, Wilfredo Mercado, Yolanda Padilla, Rafael Parrilla, Jeannette Pérez, Jo.Alexis Robles, Gabriel ...

Film Night / Noche de Cine

You and your students are cordially invited! Students enrolled in CINE 4001 (Film History to 1950) and CINE 4015 (Digital Video Production) will be presenting their films and audiovisual projects on: Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m.  Chardón 121 The projects include silent avant-garde and film noir shorts, fiction ...

Cultural Studies in Narrative and Cinema

Humanidades 4995 Miércoles, 4:30-7:20 pm Dra. Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio download flyer

Introducing Dr. Maisha Tulivu Fisher!

The keynote speaker for the 1st annual English conference for UPRM graduate and undergraduate students of English, Dr. Maisha Tulivu Fisher, will afford conference participants the opportunity to engage with a contemporary, published scholar in the field of language and literacy studies in English. Dr. Fisher is a faculty member ...

Collaborative Publication

Afro-Puerto Rican Testimonies update! We are happy to announce the recent publication of our article “Testimonios Afropuertorriqueños: Using Oral Testimonies to (Re)Write Race in Contemporary Puerto Rico” in the latest issue of Sargasso, a peer-reviewed journal of literature, language, and culture edited at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. The ...

Rebel Poets are coming your way! Feb. 21, 2009, 1st Annual Student Conference

To commence and close the conference, the Department has invited a State-based scholar, Dr. Maisha Tulivu Fisher (of Emory University), a retired public school teacher, Joe Ubiles (of New York City), and a dynamic group of four young performance poets, representing The Rebel Poets, a spoken word collective with whom ...

Call for Proposals, 1st Annual Student Conference

Just a reminder — the deadline for student proposals, UG and MAEE, for our new Dept. conference, English as a Field of Change and Flow, is Nov. 30th. We hope that you will encourage your students to submit their proposals. Here’s the link to the official conference blog: http://blogs.uprm.edu/englishconference/ Questions? Contact Judy ...

Department Faculty & Students Present @ Harvard, UMass, etc.

“Afro-Puerto Rican Testimonies” tours Boston! MAEE candidates Irmaris Rosas and Fabiola Barrera, faculty member Jocelyn A. Géliga Vargas, and community leaders Alfredo González and Carlos Delgado recently traveled to Boston to present our ongoing research, Afro-Puerto Rican Testimonies: An Oral History Project in Western Puerto Rico. We were invited by ...

L³ Society’s October 2008 Newletter

The second edition of the L³ Society’s October 2008 Newletter, entitled The L³anguage Connection is hot off the presses! This newsletter, created by and for students is focused on the study of language, literature, and linguistics. The L³ Society’s editors in chief are Adriana I. Caraballo and Angel Matos Caro. The link ...

MAEE Comprehensive Examination

The Graduate Committee of the English Department wishes to announce that the policy and guidelines pertaining to the Comprehensive Examination degree completion option (“Option III”) have been modified. The revised policy updates the version included in the MAEE Graduate Student Handbook (August 2008 and prior editions) and will go into ...

New Short Course: Film and Philosophy, November 7-9

CINE4025: Temas Especiales en Cine Cine y Filosofia Download flyer.

TuLA: Tutor Language Awareness

Language Awareness (LA) includes knowledge of and about language. Teacher Language Awareness (TLA) adds knowledge about students and methodology. Last June, Liz Dayton and Judy Casey presented a new field of study — TuLA — at the Association for Language Awareness conference in Hong Kong. We will present a summary of our ...

Rock Series Draws a Crowd

The Reading Rock Series in PR, organized by MAEE candidate Karrieann Soto Vega, and taking place the week of October 6th through the 10th, drew students and faculty from both the Department and across the campus.  Overall, over 300 attendees participated in this interactive dialogue with performing artists from the ...

English as a Field of Change and Flow: Contemporary Practices and Research in English Education, Literature, and Linguistics

Faculty – please invite your students to participate in the new English Dept. conference. For all students who are interested in presenting at the 1st Annual Conference for RUM Undergraduate and Graduate Students of English, February 21, 2009,  please see the CFP Call for Papers . Deadline: Nov. 30.  For application and registration, visit our blog: 1st Annual BA/MAEE Student ...

Join us on October 22

engl 6006 guest speaker series 22 October 2008 Understanding Bullying Within Puerto Rican Cultural and School Contexts Dr. Bernadette Delgado Department of Social Sciences UPR-Mayagüez CHARDÓN 318 @ 6:30 p.m. ABSTRACT: This presentation will discuss a research project that examines the phenomenon of bullying within the Puerto Rican socio-cultural and ...

Professionalism and Presentation Skills Workshop with Dr. Shannon Bischoff

RUMEGA cordially invites undergraduate and graduate students to attend a workshop by Dr. Shannon Bischoff on Professionalism and Presentation Skills that are useful to anyone interested in presenting at professional and academic conferences. The workshop will take place on Friday, October 17th, from 4:30 to 6:30 in Ch-319. Aside from ...

New Date for Mazak’s “Negotiating ‘el difícil'” Presentation

Dr. Cathy Mazak’s presentation, “Negotiating ‘el difícil’: English Language Acquisition in Rural Puerto Rico” formerly scheduled on September 22, 2008, and subsequently cancelled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Monday, October 6, 2008 (from 6:45-7:45 p.m. in Chardón Room 318). CEP hours will be credited for attendees and ...

Reading Rock in Puerto Rico

Graduate MA Candidate in English Education and INGL 3202 instructor, Karrieann Soto Vega, invites you and your students to attend a series of Reading Rock in PR workshops emphasizing the use of rock as a resource in literature-based composition courses. For her MAEE thesis research, Ms. Soto Vega is exploring ...

Introducing the 3103/3104 Course Blog for Faculty and TAs!

Dr. Mary E. Sefranek, Course Coordinator for INGL 3103 and 3104, invites you to peruse the new 3103/3104 Course Coordination weblog for Faculty and TAs. She welcomes your comments and suggestions, and hopes it will prove to be a useful resource for new instructors as well as those who have ...

Seeking Research Assistant

Dr. Mary E. Sefranek will be conducting interviews in the upcoming week (Tuesday, September 30th) for an undergraduate or graduate research assistant to support the activities related to the National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation Grant, Sowing and Cultivating Local 21st Century Literacies in Rural Puerto Rico. This ...

Active in Puerto Rican Studies

Our Department says “presente” at PRSA! Six faculty members and two graduate students from the English Department will be presenting at the 8th Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) Conference, titled “Cartographies of Identities: Puerto Rico(ans) in the 21st Century.” The interdisciplinary encuentro will take place at the Centro de Estudios ...

Join us on October 8, 2008

engl 6006 guest speaker series 8 October 2008 Research in Action Democratizing Knowledge at UPRM Dr. Rima Brusi Department of Social Sciences Center for Applied Social Research UPR-Mayagüez CHARDÓN 318 @ 6:30 p.m. ABSTRACT: Our work is framed by an action research tradition, and uses qualitative and quantitative data. We ...

L³ Society September Newsletter

The first edition of the L³ Society’s September 2008 Newletter is hot off the presses! This newsletter, created by and for students is focused on the study of language, literature, and linguistics. The L³ Society’s editors in chief are Adriana I. Caraballo and Angel Matos Caro. In this edition, the ...

Dr. Cathy Mazak Presents “Negotiating ‘el difícil’: English Language Acquisition in Rural Puerto Rico”

You are cordially invited to attend Dr. Cathy Mazak’s presentation of her recently published article, “Negotiating ‘el difícil’: Uses of English Text in a Rural Puerto Rican Community” in the Centro journal for Puerto Rican Studies. This presentation will take place as a component of Dr. Mary Sefranek’s INGL 6020 ...

English Department Emergency Protocol

  Please refer to the link below for the most recent copy of our Department’s Emergency Protocol. Emergency%20Protocol.pdf  

Dr. Mary E. Sefranek Receives NCTE Research Foundation Grant

Dr. Mary E. Sefranek recently received notice that she was awarded a $7,500 National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation Grant for the research project, “Sowing and Cultivating Local 21st Century Literacies and Language in Rural Puerto Rico”. With this grant, she will implement an interdisciplinary, digital, bilingual book-making ...

New Method for Uploading Files for Postings

Contributors rejoice! The image and file space limitation is over. Thanks to our new ETC Webmaster, Javier, we have a new system to upload images and files so we can add them to our postings. Here’s the procedure to upload the files onto the server: Click on the "Upload Files" ...

UG Gathering: Getting to Know your Department

Please join us on Thursday, September 18!

MAEE Deadlines

MAEE Deadlines  Please see above link for Office of Graduate Studies deadlines, Fall 2008.  

MAEE Meet & Greet

Graduate Students and Faculty: Please join us on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm in Ch-326 for our bi-annual MAEE Orientation and Reception! For more information, contact J. Géliga (jgeliga@www.uprm.edu) or the Department of English (ingl@www.uprm.edu)  

Join us on 9/17/08

engl 6006 guest speaker series 17 September 2008 “Flexible Like Water”: The Bruce Lee School of Linguistic Inquiry Dr. Shannon T. Bischoff Department of English UPR-Mayagüez CHARDÓN 318 @ 6:30 p.m. ABSTRACT: In the summers of 1927 through 1929 Gladys Reichard, at the request of Franz Boas, recorded some forty ...

English Department Assessment Fall 2008

Attachments: PDF version of message (nicely formatted and printable) Loop closing blank form Loop form instructions  To: All Faculty (TAs, temps, and permanent) Aug. 13, 2008 Earn CEP credits for all projects—small, medium, or large! Your project might be 1 hour, 1 week, 1 month, 1 semester. 3 credits for ...

CGS recognizes MAEE graduate Aleida Ferrer!!!!

MAEE graduate Aleida Ferrer was recognized in a recent publication by the Council of Graduate Schools (Washington, DC). Her thesis project (“The Design and Creation of a Bilingual Phonemic Awareness Test for Puerto Rico”) was the only one from Puerto Rico listed in the CGS publication Making a Difference: A ...

Article Published in CENTRO

My very first peer-reviewed article was published in the Spring edition of CENTRO, the journal for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.  The article represents the core of my dissertation work, and is titled “Negotiating el difícil: Uses of English text in a rural Puerto Rican community.”  -Cathy Mazak 

Review of CENTRO in El Nuevo Día

The recent issue of the journal CENTRO, in which both former MAEE student Kevin Carrol and I have an article, was reviewed this week in the newspaper El Nuevo Día.  You can read the review, where it mentions our names, at the following link:http://www.elnuevodia.com/diario/noticia/revistas/revistas/revistas_recientes/397096-Cathy Mazak 

Assessment Loop Summary

As of close of business today, April 18, the English Dept has done a fabulous job! Some other faculty are still working on projects. Below is the list of people who have completed all required paperwork & thus their papers are ready to go forward to the Assoc Dean, Mario ...

Article of interest…

“The bleaker it looks for English departments, the more desperate they become to attract attention. In other words, the profession’s intellectual agenda is being set by teenagers.” From “Professing Literature in 2008? by William Deresiewicz, http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080324/deresiewicz — Thought some might find it interesting.

Casa Abierta

On March 14, 2008, the institution opened its doors to 9th, 10th, and 11th graders of Puerto Rico’s private and public schools. Over 2000 students from around the island were welcomed into Coliseo Mangual to learn about the diversity of our faculties and departments. Representation from the Department of English ...

Honor Roll Ceremony

This past Thursday, March 27, 2008, exemplary students from Arts & Sciences received special recognition for their academic excellence. Please help us to congratulate the following students from the Department of English who, through their hard work, are on the Honor Roll! Isabel Abón, Emily Aguiló, Adriana Caraballo, Christopher Hernández, ...

Congratulations to María Quintero!

Maria Quintero, T.A. for the English department, has had an article entitled “Life at the University of Puerto Rico’s Arts and Sciences English Writing Center,” accepted for publication in The Writing Lab Journal, an affiliate of NCTE from Purdue University.  Her research, an ethnographic study of the peer tutors in the ...

ETC Printer Update and Policies

The ETC printer has been installed in the English Department and is available in a limited manner, for the time being. This means that while it is currently not available through the network, you can bring the file in a Flash drive or memory stick to Nannette or other work-study ...

Dr. Mary E. Sefranek’s January/February Chronicles

At the start of the new year (January 11, 2008), I was pleased to welcome to our campus the teachers, parents, and 6th grade students participating in my Arts and Sciences seed grant funded research “Portraits of San Sebastián: The Production of Digital Bilingual Narratives in La Escuela Nueva Elemental ...

Doctoral & Postdoctoral Scholarships provided by UPR

Scholarships   This link explains the Presidential Scholarships offered by the UPR system for doctoral & postdoctoral studies.

MAEE Thesis Writers’ Workshop

MAEE Thesis Writers’ Workshop Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., in the Writing Center SH-109 MAEE students can… 1. diagnose their own editing needs 2. learn theory and practice of proof reading 3. de-mystify the APA manual 4. form support groups with other MAEE students

ETC Printer is Offline

The ETC Printer is currently offline. We will be installing a new print server in the English Department this week and it will be available after Spring break. Please make alternate plans for printing this week. Stay posted for new printing instructions in the ETC and English Department blogs. Original ...

UPR Arecibo-Primer Congreso de Educación General

First General Education Congress Please see above link for information about the Primer Congreso de Educación General, which will take place April 4 & 5, 2008.

The Politics of Language Education

On March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Jorge Schmidt will be giving a talk titled The Politics of Language Education as part of the ENGL 6006 Guest Speaker Series. We hope to see you there but ask that you please RSVP. Thanks for your continued support to this initiative.

THE BOOK CLUB

Please join us!

Documentary Film: “Las Mujeres No Esperamos”

Documentary Film Flyer For the first time in Puerto Rico, the documentary film “Las Mujeres NO Esperamos: Acabemos la violencia contra la mujer y el VIH/SIDA Ya” will be presented. Date: March 6, 2008 Time: 10:30 am Place: Biology amphitheater Sponsored by:   “Proyecto para la Prevencion de Violencia Contra las ...

W-PR-TESOL on April 26, 2008

Place: UPR -Aguadilla Theme: “Meeting the Challenges in Today’s Classrooms” So go to TESOL and then run at the Relevo por la vida. Pre-registration form and information will be here in another week. Contact Pres. Aurora Rodriguez at IAU-SG or Roberto López   

Arts & Sciences Blog Feed

I have added a feed of the last 10 postings to the “Artes y Ciencias Al Dia” Blog. You can find it in the right hand column of our blog. Enjoy!

IV Conferencia Magistral

The Agricultural Sciences faculty and the Organizing Committee for the UPRM Centennial Celebration invites everyone to the IV Magisterial Conference, “Perdue Farms: A Tale of Industry, Agriculture and Academics” with Jim Perdue, Chairman of Perdue Farms, Inc. The activity will take place Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @ 10:30 am in ...

ELEVENTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL COMMUNICATION CENTRE FOR APPLIED LINGUISTICS

SANTIAGO DE CUBA JANUARY 19-23, 2009 The Centre for Applied Linguistics of the Santiago de Cuba’s branch of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, is pleased to announce the Eleventh International Symposium on Social Communication dedicated to the 60 anniversary of the large work in defense of the ...

Important Reminders

—-The deadline for certifying student attendance is Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Please be sure to do so before then. —–Our next Department Meeting is Thursday, March 6, 10:30 in CH-324. —–The 2nd Faculty Gathering is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2008, 12:00 – 3:00 PM at the Darlington Building. Lunch ...

CEA: Caribbean Chapter Conference

    Writing Race February 29 to March 1, 2008 schedule-writing-race.doc

Movie Medievalism: The Imaginary Middle Ages Publication

NIck Haydock’s book MOVIE MEDIEVALISM: THE IMAGINARY MIDDLE AGES (McFarland 2008) will be out in May of this year. It is already available for eager beavers on Amazon.com. This book provides a theoretical introduction to the study of films about the Middle Ages and what the author calls the “medieval ...

Intellectual Property Colloquium March 28, 2008

Programa del Coloquio Coloquio sobre Propiedad Intelectual This conference will take place on March 28, from 7:30pm -4:30 pm in the Sala de Conferencias A of the UPRM Library. For more information, refer to the links.

Faculty Resource Network

This link takes you to the Faculty Resource Network which offers year-round programs and events to provide faculty with a broad range of faculty development opportunities ranging from intensive summer seminars, longer research residencies, lunchtime lectures, panel discussions, national symposia, and more. The activities are free of charge for all ...

Guide to Categories in the English Department Blog

This is a brief overview of the categories in which postings are classified in the English Department Blog, which may be both useful for you to sort through the materials, but is also informative in terms of the kinds of postings you can make (or send info for us to ...

How to Open DocX Files, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Microsoft

If you are having increasing numbers of problems with files generated by Microsoft Office 2007, in the new docx format, which isn’t compatible with Office 2003 for Windows or Office 2004 for Mac, then here are some solutions for the problem.

Congratulations to Graduate Student Irmaris Rosas

Please congratulate graduate student Irmaris Rosas on the approval of her Institutional Review Board proposal Exploring the Writing Process across Modalities: Learning in Face-to-Face and Online Classrooms. Irmaris is about to commence focus groups with undergraduate students from the two versions of her 3103 Intermediate Writing I course as a ...

University Policy: Attendance in Sections in which Students are not Registered

Students Attending Sections in which they are not Registered This link explains the University’s regulations regarding students who attend a section of a course that is not the one they are officially registered to take. University regulation stipulates mandatory attendance to classes and requires that students attend the course and ...

ENGL 6006 Guest Speaker Series: Dr. Jason Pearl on Thursday 2/28

Dear colleagues, Thank you all once again for supporting the ENGL 6006 Guest Speaker Series. The event last Thursday was also a rampant success. Attendees included English Dept. students and faculty, students from the Social Sciences Department, faculty from UPR-Cayey and UPR-Aguadilla, and community members. We hope that you join ...

“This Watery World: Humans and the Sea”

“This Watery World: Humans and the Sea” (a collection of essays edited by Prof. Nandita Batra and former grad student Vartan Messier, based on the CEA-CC conference of the same name held in October 2006) was published by CEA-CC Publications in December 2007. The volume was very well received, and ...

Sneak Preview of “El Abuelo”

You are cordially invited to a sneak preview of the short film “El Abuelo,” directed by Antonio Yordan and starring Miguelangel Suarez . “El Abuelo” was funded by the Puerto Rico Film Commission. The screening will be at 5:30, Monday February 25 in La Cueva del Tarzan. Antonio is a ...

PLEASE ANNOUNCE THIS TO YOUR STUDENTS!

PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP AND COOP EXPERIENCE! Improve your presentation skills and professionalize your résumé! The Departments of English and Humanities are sponsoring practice sessions for students interested in perfecting their interviewing and presentation skills and professionalizing their résumés. When and Where: Practice your interviewing and oral presentation skills in ...

Call for Proposals: “Exploring SLA: Perspectives, Positions, & Practices”

Second Language Research Forum 2008 at the University of Hawaii

The ETC Guide to the English Department Blog

The English Department Blog is officially open for posting and visiting. This posting will provide a brief tour of some useful features in the Blog that will help you access and navigate the blog postings most relevant to you.

Dr. Judy Casey Paper Presentation

In March, Dr. Judy Casey, in collaboration with Dr. Beth Virtanen, will be presenting a paper entitled “Writing Out Loud in a Bilingual Writing Center: Easier, Harder, Better, Scary, Rude?”at the Writing Centers Association Conference at the University of Oklahoma. This presentation outlines the history of the Arts and Sciences ...

Cumbre Caribeña de Control de Tabaco 2008

Cumbre Caribeña de Control de Tabaco 2008

Agenda Empresarial 2008-2009

Agenda Empresarial 2008-2009

Welcome to the English Department Blog

The English Department Blog is the main source of announcements, news, and other information for its faculty, staff, and students. It is designed to not only provide up to date information, but to organize it into useful categories, as well as storing it into a searchable archive. If you need ...

New Print Server

The ETC has installed a new print server, which should provide more compatibility, greater stability, and therefore fewer problems with printing. We preserved the same names, so the instructions for printing are the same as provided in the ETC printer page. Even though the settings have not changed, you may ...

ETC Wireless Service

The ETC installed a wireless network within the English Department and Seminar Room, and is available now exclusively for faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants. Unfortunately this is a small capacity router, so we cannot extend its use to students. To get the password, contact Betsy, Gayle, Cathy Jorge, or ...

New Multimedia Classrooms

The ETC team has installed computers in the classrooms with projectors: 324, 318, 319, and soon 005. These computers are up to date with Windows XP, Antivirus Software, and Office 2007, as well as Firefox (the browser I recommend for maximum compatibility in the Web). These computers are equipped with ...

Hello world!

Welcome to the English Department Blog. This will be a vehicle for publication of announcements, news, and upcoming events for the faculty, staff, and students of the English Department.

English Department Website

Now that the audiovisual hard times are over and we have two new techies in our staff, the ETC has been directing its attention to the English Department Web site ( https://www.uprm.edu/english/index.html). Our work plan is divided into three phases, described below: Phase 1: Update information and correct inaccuracies (and ...

Welcome to the ETC Blog

Greetings English Department and welcome to the ETC Blog. This Web page and blog will serve several functions: To provide information, policies, procedures, and technical assistance on the equipment and facilities managed by the ETC. To provide up-to-date information on the status of English Department technology matters. It will be ...