We’re #bsuenglish, a community of students, teachers, writers, linguists, scholars, and all-around lovers of English (and dogs!). We make things, analyze things, do things, all with critical and imaginative minds.
We cover a lot of ground here in the English Department, from Black celebrity to modern families to high schools to what we talk about when we talk about disability. With major concentrations in creative writing, literature, teaching, linguistics, and professional writing, and graduate programs in most of these areas, we’re sort of like our own little college over here.
· Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
· Creative Writing
· English Education
· Professional Writing
Writing is our unifying force. Our faculty write, teach writing, teach people to teach writing, and study writing, whether that takes the form of the linguist’s or rhetorician’s analysis of how gender and language intersect or the literature scholar or English educator’s exploration of a sonnet or a short story writer or memoirist’s study of character and plot.
We make cool things happen. Like The Broken Plate, an international journal of creative writing edited and published by our students. Through sharing stories and uplifting underrepresented voices, we build our collective strength. We celebrate the varied, fragmented nature of individual experiences and aim to unite them through art and literature into a holistic community.
Dedicated teacher and accomplished scholar Dr. Elizabeth Riddle will be retiring from Ball State after 40 years. In that time, Dr. Riddle worked with hundreds of students, taught dozens of classes, and guided more research projects than we can count. Her passion for her field inspires her students and colleagues alike. She truly cares about her students, supporting their research, expanding their knowledge, and following their careers. If you worked with her, you know that she always put her students first, and you know how much she loved her work. This scholarship will support promising undergraduate and graduate scholars in Linguistics.
A homemaker and Tri Kappa, Lynn Jeffers enjoyed reading and volunteering at the Albany Public Library. Lynn loved to learn and enjoyed attending classes at Ball State, which helped make her the dynamic person she was. A lover of English and literature, her family endowed this scholarship in her honor to assist an incoming first-year student who shared her passion for learning.
So that’s it. That’s us. Help us keep making cool things happen for our students, our community, our Ball State. Whether you donate $10 or $1000, know that it’ll go to support the people and projects that make Ball State English such a great place!