The Catholic University of America


The English Graduate Organization

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) serves the interests of graduate students enrolled in the English M.A. and Ph.D. Programs.  Our focus is twofold: we seek, first, to promote community among English graduate students, and second, to support them as professional teachers and scholars as they prepare for the job market.

Currently, EGO organizes and oversees the following initiatives:

Monthly "professionalization" lunches with faculty.  

These lunches are an opportunity to meet and talk with department faculty in a somewhat informal setting and discuss pedagogy, the profession, and preparing for the job market.  Each lunch will focus on a different topic; a schedule of topics and speakers will be posted here when it has been finalized.  Contact Christopher Pipkin for more information.

The graduate mentoring program for first-year M.A. and new Ph.D. students.

Incoming graduate students will be matched with more experienced graduate students who will help to orient them to the graduate program and English department.  Contact Rebecca Vaccaro and Colleen Weir for more information.

Research colloquia.

These period-specific research groups meet once a month to read and discuss work-in-process by graduate students and faculty, including articles and dissertation chapters.  There are currently three established groups in the department: Medieval and Renaissance (Dr. Mack, faculty advisor), 18th and 19th Century (Dr. Rainof-Mas, faculty advisor), and Modern and Contemporary (Dr. Okuma, faculty advisor). Contact Brian Chappell and see Modern/Contemporary Research Colloquium site for more information.

Department socials and receptions.

For faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate majors. Contact Jessica Schnepp for more information.


We appreciate your participation in the above activities. We also appreciate additional suggestions regarding ways to enrich this department and serve our colleagues.

EGO Founders and Committee Chairs:

Christopher Pipkin, Rebecca Vaccaro, Brian Chappell, Jessica Schnepp, Colleen Weir

EGO Faculty Advisor:
Taryn Okuma