English Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Graduate Program in English at UNR seeks to develop the ability to conduct significant research in the fields of literary criticism and writing studies; the ability to teach a range of courses in Composition and in British, American, and World Literatures in English; and the ability to understand and contribute to issues and debates in the field.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will complete their foreign language or auxiliary training by the time they register for comprehensive exam (795).

Student Performance Indicators

  • Ph.D. Literature and Rhetoric and Composition Emphases
    • Completion of foreign language or linguistics requirement before registration for 795.
  • Ph.D. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Completion of foreign language or auxiliary training requirement before registration for 795.

Assessment Method

  • Ph.D. Literature and Rhetoric and Composition Emphases
    • Student's advisor will monitor student progress to determine if the student is on track for completion of the language/auxiliary training requirement.
  • Ph.D. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Student's advisor will monitor student progress to determine if the student is on track for completion of the language/auxiliary training requirement.

2. Students will transfer allowable credits from MA.

3. Students will complete comprehensive examinations.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Ph.D. Literature Emphasis, Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis, and Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Completion of one credit of comprehensive examinations: including written and oral examinations as well as writing projects.

Assessment Method

  • Ph.D. Literature Emphasis, Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis, and Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Student's chair and committee will evaluate student's written and oral examinations as well as writing projects.

4. Student will write and defend both dissertation prospectus and dissertation.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Write a dissertation that is a substantial scholarly project employing theories and research methodologies widely recognized and published in literary or rhetorical studies.

Assessment Method

  • Student's chair and committee will read and evaluate the dissertation prospectus as well as finished dissertation. Same will evaluate the student's oral defense of that dissertation.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge of several of the historical fields in, literary genres of, and major critical approaches to British, American, and World Literatures in English; or, broad knowledge of writing studies issues and methodologies.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Ph.D. Literature Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers demonstrating achievement of broad knowledge of several of the historical fields in, literary genres of, and major critical approaches to British, American, and World Literatures in English.
  • Ph.D. Rhetoric & Composition Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers that demonstrate broad knowledge of writing studies and methodologies.
  • Ph.D. Literature & Environment Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers demonstrating achievement of broad knowledge of several of the historical fields in, literary genres of, and major critical approaches to British, American, and World Literatures in English; write a seminar paper demonstrating broad knowledge of ecocriticism and theory.
Assessment Method
  • Ph.D. Literature Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • Ph.D. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.

2. Students will be able to demonstrate specialized competence in the primary and secondary literature of an appropriate specialized sub-field of literature or composition and rhetoric.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Ph.D. Literature Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers demonstrating knowledge of literature and related fields.
  • Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers demonstrating knowledge of rhetoric and composition.
  • Ph.D. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers demonstrating knowledge of Literature and Environment and literature.
Assessment Method
  • Ph.D. Literature Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • Ph.D. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.