• In six of the past nine years, English doctoral students have earned the coveted Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award.
  • Emily Mack was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Summer Service Education Award sponsored by The Marion County Commission on Youth for her superior performance as an English education intern with the Indiana Writers Center working with young adults at LaPlaza’s Leadership Institute for Latino Youth and with African American students ages 6-12 at the Saint Florian Leadership Camp.
  • Esther Wolfe’s paper entitled “‘Except that the haunted, hidden thing was me’: Using Critical Sociological Theories of Haunting in Paradigms for Transsexual Justice” was named best LGBT Presentation at the Diversity Research Symposium.
  • Tricia Johnson won a 2012 Bernadette H. Perham Scholarship recognizing academic excellence and leadership.
  • Stephanie Hedge was awarded the Ball State University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012.
  • Philip Rudd (PhD, Applied Linguistics, 2008) traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, on a prestigious 2005 Fulbright-Hays grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


  • Frank Felsenstein's What Middletown Read project was honored by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of 50 outstanding projects for their 50th anniversary.
  • Carolyn Mackay and Frank Trechsel were awarded a joint grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation for their project entitled “A Dictionary of Misantla Totonac.”
  • English faculty Peter Davis, Paul Ranieri, and Brent Blackwell won the previous three annual C. Warren Vander Hill Awards for outstanding honors faculty.
  • Andrea Powell Wolfe won a 2015 Immersive Learning Award for her seminar at the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. Wolfe led an interdisciplinary team of 14 students in creating a 35-minute documentary, Down to Earth: Small Farm Issues in a Big Farm World. The documentary was also nominated for six regional Emmy Awards.
  • Mark Neely was awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing/Poetry.
  • Liz Whiteacre received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for her project “Building Community: Engaging Students through Literary Citizenship.” Past English Department winners include Susanna Benko and Lyn Jones.
  • Lyn Jones has also won the the top Diversity research award at the Diversity Awards Program and Accessibility Faculty Member of the Year.
  • Jackie Grutsch McKinney's book Peripheral Visions for Writing Centers won the Best Book Award for 2014 from the International Writing Centers Association.
  • Robert Habich received the Distinguished Achievement Award for 2014 at the American Literature Association meeting in Washington. The award, given annually by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, recognizes accumulated scholarly work and service in support of Emerson studies.
  • Matt Mullins won the Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award at the 2013 Faculty Awards.
  • Craig O’Hara’s short story “The Corner,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.