English and Modern Languages Graduate Students

Susan McGrath Shea Sims and Amanda Dinardo Chris Heisserer

UIS English graduate students dig into exciting new research every year.

[Note: The English department is not currently accepting applications for the M.A. in English for Fall 2019. Graduate certificate applications remain open.]

Sidney headshotSidney Deleonardo

Teaching Assistant for UIS The Learning Hub

BA: Communications, University of Illinois Springfield
MA Track: Digital Pedagogy
Research/Writing Interests: television; film; literature

See Sidney’s pop culture review piece “Best TV Episodes of All Time” (Scroll to The Fall – “Their Solitary Way”)


Nick Dabbs

Peer Tutoring Graduate Assistant for Capital Scholars Honors Program

BA: English, University of Illinois at Springfield
MA Track: Digital Pedagogy
Writing/Research Interests: postmodern literature; horror fiction; women and gender studies


Amanda headshotAmanda Dinardo

Graduate Assistant for the Department of English and Modern Languages

BA: English, University of Illinois Springfield
MA Track: Digital Pedagogy
Research/Writing Interests: composition theories and pedagogies

See Amanda featured in “UIS Students Presenting their Research at National Conference” at the State-Journal Register


Jaana Randle

Business Management Graduate Assistant at The Journal

BA: English Creative Writing and minor in Performing Arts Theatre
MA Track: Publishing
Research/Writing Interests: Creating Writing and Publishing

Read Jaana’s Digital Chapbook


Shea headshotShea Sims

Curriculum Administrative Assistant at SIU School Of Medicine

BS: Politics and Government with a minor in Creative Writing, Illinois State University
MA Track: Digital Publishing
Research/Writing Interests : Folklore/Urban Legends/Creepypasta, Pop culture, Southern Gothic Mysteries

Read Shea’s Digital Chapbook


Alumni Success Stories

UIS English M.A. alum A.D. Carson discusses Charlottesville and teaching rap at the University of Virginia.


Carson recently defended his unconventional doctoral dissertation– a rap album titled “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes and Revolutions.” Carson has accepted a job as Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South at the University of Virginia.

“Even if it’s just a little hope, I’ve got it because of the students.”