Fall 2016 Deadlines

Class Dates
  • Mini Session: August 8th - 19th
  • Full Term: August 24th - December 9th  
  • 8W1: August 24th - October 14th
  • 8W2: October 17th - December 9th
Last Day to add/drop without Academic/Financial Penalty
  • Mini Session: August 8th
  • Full Term: August 31st
  • 8W1: August 26th
  • 8W2: October 19th 
Last day to receive 100% refund
  • Mini Session: August 8th
  • Full Term: August 31st
  • 8W1: August 26th
  • 8W2: October 19th
Last day to drop classes without instructor permission
  • Mini Session: August 8th
  • Full Term: August 31st
  • 8W1: August 26th
  • 8W2: October 19th

 All approved drops will result in grade of “W” within these dates

  • Mini Session: August 9th - August 16th
  • Full Term: September 1st - November 4th
  • 8W1: August 27th - September 28th
  • 8W2: October 17th - November 22nd
Last day to make and add/drop course request or withdraw from the University and receive a grade of “W”
  • Mini Session: August 16th
  • Full Term: November 4th
  • 8W1: September 28th
  • 8W2: November 22nd
After the last day to withdraw from the University, students are academically obligated and will receive a grade for all enrolled courses.

Bragging Rights

  • Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was the Featured Poet for the Spring 2016 issue of Third Wednesday which published nine of his new poems.
    Kolin also published reviews in the Summer 2016 issue of African American Review and in the June 20th-27th issue of America
  • Lauren Vierling, undergraduate English major on USMGC and Sigma Tau Delta member. Her short story "Surrogates" has been selected for publication in Sigma Tau Delta's award winner journal Rectangle.
  • Dr. Jonathan Barron, recently had an article, titled "How Billy Collins Breathes Light Into the Post-9/11 Darkness" published online by Public Square
  • Dr. Eric Tribunella, introduced and edited Left to Themselves, the rediscovered and republished novel by Edward Prime-Stevenson.
  • Joe Holt, PhD student, won a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Award for his short story "Make It Yours".
  • Allison Campbell, PhD student, won a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Award in creative non-fiction for her essay "What Work Is".
  • Meredith McPhail, honors college student and english major. We are proud of Meredith and her acceptance into a number of prestigious law schools.
  • Dr. Joyce Inman, was named the recipient of the 2015-2016 Arts & Letters Junior Faculty Member of the Year Award by the College Awards Committee.
  • Dr. Jonathan Barron, was named the recipient of the 2015-2016 Arts & Letters Researcher of the Year Award by the College Awards Committee.
  • Mary Beth Wolverton, won 1st place for her oral presentation at the USM graduate symposium.
  • Alli Tharp, selected the 2016 Graduate Assistant of the year by USM graduate school.
  • Allison Campbell, winner of the 2016 Graduate Teaching Award.
  • Mary Stephens, received the Children's Literature Association's Honor Essay Award in the doctoral student category for her essay "Judy Blume's Big Fat Problem: Bullying, Femininity, and Weight in Blubber."
  • Anastasia Stelse, a PhD student in creative writing, won the Kathanne W. Green Essay Award, given annually by the Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW). 
  • Dr. Alexandra Valint, has been awarded the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence for the 2016-2017 academic year .
  • Caroline Bradley, sophomore English major, elected USM SGA president.
  • Allison Tharp, PhD student in literature, awarded 2nd place overall at the National 3 Minute Thesis Competition in Charlotte, NC. She was the highest place Humanities Winner at this competition and the Grand Champion winner at the USM 3 Minute Thesis competition. 
  • Destini Williams, winner of the English Department's Gwendolyn Brooks Award for an Original Poem at the "For My People" poetry event. 
  • Deja Moore, winner of the Frances Harper Award for the Delivery of a Historical Poem at the "For My People" poetry event. 
  • Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip Kolin has published a new book of 50 poems entitled Emmett Till in Different States. The book commemorates the 60th anniversary of Till's savage murder that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Dr. Rebecca Morgan Frank has published her latest poetry collection, The Spokes of Venus.
  • Dr. Rebecca Powellcoordinator of Live Oak Writing Project. This is a collaborative program of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus and Mississippi coastal schools and its purpose is to help teachers improve as writers and effective teachers of writing. Read more about the project here.
  • Mary Ryan Karnes, mentored by Andrew Milward, won the 2015-2016 SPUR (Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research) Award.
  • Kristy Cleveland Burkhart, alumni, won Teacher of the Year for 2015/2016 at Theodore High School in  Mobile, Alabama.
  • Trey Price, alumni, won Teacher of the Year for 2015/2016 at Gaushen High School in Troy, Alabama.

FALL 2016 Events

The VizReading Series

Friday, August 26

The Arbor (515 E. Pine St.) at 8 PM  

Michael Copperman will be reading from Teacher, a memoir of his experiences teaching in the rural public schools of the Mississippi Delta. His prose has appeared in Oxford AmericanThe SunCreative Nonfiction and Guernica.

Anne Sanow is the author of the story collection Triple Time, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the PEN/New England Award for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in DossierKenyon ReviewConjunctions and the Chicago Tribune, which awarded her the 2009 Nelson Algren Award for the Short Story.

Brandi George is the author of the poetry collection Gog, which won the gold medal in the 2015 Florida Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa ReviewGulf CoastNinth Letter and Prairie Schooner. George also won first place in the Dana Awards and the Zone 3 Poetry Awards.


Check back soon for announcements of furture Fall 2016 English department events!