EnglishDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Don’t worry about not having a crystal clear idea for your dissertation. Part of the process of the first year of coursework is to narrow down your interests so that you can choose a dissertation topic that you actually love working on. Don’t be afraid to work on what you love!
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
My research concerns nostalgia and the occult in American literature and art.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
My grad program’s graduate assistant, Leanne Trask, enables us all to thrive and be successful. Without her tireless help, I’d be lost.
What is your “dream” career?
Well, my dream career is “rock star.” But I would be over the moon if I could get a job researching, writing, and teaching the weird stuff I get to research, write, and teach on now.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
Yes, I’ve worked as both. Teaching experience is invaluable and it’s important to remember that there is a real technique and skill required for effective teaching. Being a TA has helped me hone that skill and technique (though I know I’ll continue to do that throughout my career).
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I organize “Drink & Draw #ldnont,” a monthly club that meets at a pub to drink and (wait for it) draw. Find us on Facebook and come out to a meeting!
What are you most passionate about?
I’d say that I’m most passionate about people nurturing their creative side. I try to encourage people to view creative pursuits as legitimate and worthwhile, because there’s a lot of rhetoric to the contrary these days, particularly in academia.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
My personal interests inform my research, and vice versa, but there’s more to my personality and identity than “grad student.”
Program ContactLeanne Trask (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Affairs Assistant
Department of EnglishWestern University
Arts & Humanities Building Rm 2G02
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85793
The Department's graduate program ranks as one of the strongest and most diversified graduate programs in Canada. Its central attraction is the Department's distinguished faculty and its considerable accomplishments in all areas of criticism and scholarship. The faculty's range of expertise provides the advantages of traditional scholarship and an array of historical approaches to the major literary periods and genres, as well as diverse theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives that include discourse analysis, cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, feminist and gender studies, gay studies and theories of masculinity, ecological criticism, film, hypertext, theories of race, and the intersection between literature and the discourses of science, medicine, music, art, and law.
The strength and reputation of our PhD program is a result of our internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities, and the students who thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment. Western is pleased to offer Own Your Future, a unique Doctoral professional development program that supports students in their academic studies and career engagement. Through Own Your Future, students will develop insight into their current and evolving skill set. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Strong first-class M.A. degree or its equivalent.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 267 for the standard electronic version, 630 for the paper and pencil version, or 109 for the internet version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 85 on each section and an overall score of 91, plus the oral/speaking component.
- January 15
Fields of Research
- American Literature
- Canadian Literature
- Cultural Studies
- Indigenous Literature and Literary Criticism/Theory
- Literary Criticism and Theory
- Nineteenth-Century British Literature
- Old and Middle English Language and Literature
- Postcolonial Literature
- Renaissance (Includes separate Qualifying examinations in English Drama to the Restoration and Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature)
- Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
- Textual Studies (may only be chosen as a secondary field)
- Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
- Women’s Literature and Gender Studies