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News & Events

Awards Day Recap

Eclectic Now Accepting Submissions

Poetry Gala Review

Univ. Writing Center Adds Staff, Begins Assessment

Snyder Retirement Party

2007 Undergrad Conference Presenters

Voice Your Concerns

Toto Pulls Curtain on David Newton

Thinking of Pursuing a Graduate Degree?

People News

Studying Abroad: Nick McRae Czechs In

Kimily Willingham Leaves Legacy Behind

Student Presents Paper to Board of Regents

Lisa Crafton Named Outstanding Teacher

Masters Takes Helm of Grad Program

New Professor in English Education

In Every Issue

Job Spotlight on Christina Hogan

New Faculty and Staff


Course Descriptions

Spring 2008



Masters Takes Helm of Grad Program

  Toto Pulls the Curtain on David Newton

Building community is the No. 1 goal of new graduate program director Dr. Josh Masters. “For me, it’s about coordinating more connection and interaction between faculty and students,” he said. “I want the graduate students to see themselves as more integrated, even those who are here just once a week.”

Masters, who took over the growing graduate program in May, has already established a mentoring system, pairing each student with a faculty member. He cites positive feedback so far.

Masters has also worked to establish an official graduate student organization, known as EGSA (English Graduate Students Association) — although the students prefer EGADS! (English Graduates Assisting Departmental Studies). “Our goals include establishing a professional development series, submitting papers and holding workshops on abstracts,” Masters said. “I also want graduate students to attend conferences as a group, which will help them feel more like a community.”

For those considering the graduate program, Masters points to the high quality of classes, breadth of scholarship among faculty and “an amazing group of truly dedicated students.”

For more information on the English graduate program, please contact Masters at

--Christina Hogan


The latest installment of the Toto Pulls the Curtain Luncheon was held on Friday, August 28 at the Neva Lomason Library where English faculty, staff, and students gathered to enjoy a meal including Longhorn salads and a presentation by Dr. David Newton about his William Gilmore Simms scholarship.

Held in January and August of every year, the luncheon was started as a way for English majors and minors to learn about their professors' scholarship and academic projects. Each luncheon features a presentation by a professor selected by the Student Advisory Committee.

Thinking of Pursuing a Graduate Degree?


Each year, a fair number of UWG English majors decide to pursue a graduate degree in English studies and/or creative writing for a variety of reasons. A handful will decide to dedicate the next seven to ten years of their lives to becoming professors of literature (these are the crazy ones, of course), and our students have gone on to get PhDs from the likes of Tennessee, Auburn, and Emory. More will decide to pursue a Masters of Arts in order to enter other teaching fields, gaining the credentials they will need to teach at two-year colleges or at the freshman and sophomore level at four-year colleges, or in order to boost their salary as secondary-school teachers. Others will seek an MA as a way to enhance their writing and critical skills before entering the private sector. And finally, some will enter an English graduate program, whether for an MA in English, an MFA in creative writing, or even a PhD in literature, simply because they love taking English classes and want to continue doing so for a little while longer.

While graduate programs can be quite expensive, in many cases programs pay their students a stipend to work as teaching or research assistants— anywhere between three thousand and ten thousand dollars per semester depending on the


nature of both the work and the institution—and this will often include a waiver of all tuition costs. At research institutions like the University of Connecticut, for instance, students in the Masters program are paid close to eight thousand dollars a semester (with medical benefits) to teach one freshman writing class while taking two classes of their own, with PhD candidates earning closer to ten thousand. Here at UWG, an MA program, qualified students receive a stipend of about three thousand dollars per semester to work as research or teaching assistants, with tuition costs waived.

Approximately one-third of UWG graduate English students were also undergraduates here, choosing to continue their studies with a graduate faculty that “matches that at any large research institution,” according to one former student, now a PhD candidate in the University of California system. Students interested in pursuing a Masters degree at West Georgia are welcome to drop by my office anytime, and keep an eye out for the Sigma Tau Delta-sponsored graduate school forum later this semester.

--Dr. Josh Masters, Dir. of English Graduate Studies