English Graduate Organization (EGO)

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The English Graduate Organization (EGO) is a professional development, networking, and advocacy group for all graduate students in the English department. EGO allows graduate students to have a tangible impact on departmental decisions and policies. Elected to specific committees, EGO officers coordinate academic and social events, serve on faculty committees, and act as liaisons between graduate students and administration, providing a crucial voice in discussions that affect students’ day-to-day lives and future careers. In addition to promoting the interests of a dynamic graduate student body, the English Graduate Organization offers a valuable opportunity for its officers to prepare for service responsibilities in a profession that thrives on self-governance. EGO officers can vote at monthly English Department Council (EDC) meetings, which all graduate students can attend.

Contact the English Graduate Organization at ego.osu@gmail.com.

Representatives for 2019-2020:


Steering Committee

  • Noah Bukowski
  • Liz Miller
  • Katlin Sweeney
  • Jamie Utphall

2018-2019 Reps: Carol Bitzinger, Misha Grifka, Amelia Lawson, Cristina Rivera
2017-2018 Reps: Kate Hartke, Arielle Irizarry, Jordan Lovejoy, Nicole Pizarro
2016-2017 Reps: Ebony Bailey, Mike Blancato, Indya Jackson, Jacinta Yanders
2015-2016 Reps: Krupal Amin, Sean Kamperman, Justin Kuhn, Louis Maraj

The Steering Committee acts as EGO’s main point of contact, coordinates communications with other committees, and consults directly with the Director of Graduate Studies. Each semester the Steering Committee hosts the EGO Colloquium, which features ongoing research by graduate students in the department. Additionally, the Steering Committee hosts the annual EGO Symposium, which showcases leading research by both faculty and graduate students and coincides with the open house for prospective graduate students during the spring semester. In March, the Steering Committee coordinates elections for all EGO committees for the next academic year. In April, it selects the Graduate Teacher of the Year and presents the award at the department’s end-of-year ceremony. Finally, the Steering Committee hosts other professional development and social events at its discretion. In addition to the roles of president and treasurer, one Steering Committee officer serves on the department’s Executive Committee, which advises the Department Chair, and another officer serves as outreach coordinator, managing EGO’s public relations, social media presence, and event documentation.


Graduate Program & Policy Committee

  • Carol Bitzinger
  • Bonnie Opliger
  • MFA student representative

2018-2019 Reps: Scott Broker (MFA), Shaun Russell, Preeti Singh
2017-2018 Reps: Emmalee Hagarman (MFA), Gavin Johnson, Madeline Price
2016-2017 Reps: Gavin Johnson, Rocio Prado, Elizabeth Steinway
2015-2016 Reps: Micah Rickerson, Elizabeth Steinway, Jacinta Yanders

The Program and Policy Committee consists of the Director of Graduate Studies, faculty representatives, and three graduate student representatives. Representatives are responsible for attending monthly meetings in which the committee considers and votes on policies related to the English Department's graduate program. Graduate student representatives do not participate in decisions involving specific graduate students, programs of study, or graduate student admissions.


Undergraduate Studies Committee

  • Alison Cummins

2018-2019 Rep: Nicholas Hoffman
2017-2018 Rep: Indya Jackson
2016-2017 Rep: Joshua Leavitt
2015-2016 Rep: Joshua Leavitt

The Undergraduate Studies Committee is chaired by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and includes faculty, lecturer, and undergraduate representatives, as well as one graduate student representative. The committee is responsible for decisions related to the undergraduate major in English.


MFA Writers' Guild

Each Ohio State University MFA candidate is a member of Writers' Guild, an organization dedicated to enhancing student life and the university community through fundraisers, social activities, industry panels and recognition of graduating classmates. Its board serves as a liaison between graduate students and faculty to discuss devlopments and communicate news. Information abotu Writer's Guild is available here.

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