Department of English

Our programs and courses focus on clarity in writing, advanced research skills and critical thinking through sustained engagement with literature. 

News in Brief

  • 2015 Fullbright Recipients

    VERMILLION, S.D. – Three students at the University of South Dakota have been awarded J. William Fulbright Scholarships, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world.

  • Ken Green

    VERMILLION, S.D. – Ken Green, an instructor in the Department of English at the University of South Dakota, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • The Dakota Writing Project and the South Dakota Humanities Council are co-sponsoring a day-long creative writing workshop open to the general public, “Making and Meeting Bodies Through Words,” to be held on the University of South Dakota-Vermillion campus on July 21st. Writer Natanya Pulley will guide participants during the workshop as they focus on building sensory experience and lingering on details in writing. The workshop is appropriate for both beginning and advanced writers. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 on your own. The workshop location is East Hall 111, University of South Dakota, Vermillion. A light breakfast is provided. Participants should bring writing tools such as a computer laptop and/or paper and pens. Participants can save $5 by registering early: pay online at (select the Conference Registrations link) or mail a $15 check or money order, postmarked no later than July 15, 2015, to: Dakota Writing Project Dakota Hall 212 University of South Dakota 414 E. Clark Street Vermillion, SD 57069-2390. For regular registration (after July 15), pay online or bring $20 to the workshop on the day of the event. Natanya Ann Pulley is an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of South Dakota and is the fiction editor for South Dakota Review. A writer of primarily fiction and non-fiction, Natanya’s publications include Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, and McSweeney's Open Letters (among others). Links to publications can be found on her site: Natanya is half-Navajo, born Kiiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan). This event is co-sponsored by the Dakota Writing Project, a non-profit teachers’ organization, and the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Department of English
Dakota Hall, Room 212
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069


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