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UTA Ranks in Top 200 Colleges for Indigenous Students


The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) will recognize UTA for the fourth year in a row as one of the Top 200 Colleges for Indigenous Students in a forthcoming special issue of Winds of Change. The Department of English and our faculty have promoted Native Students and Writers for decades even as we also help prepare UTA students of all majors for careers in STEM and the humanities after graduation.

For over forty years, our Department has promoted Native American scholarship and voices, and we have long provided sponsorship for Native Students. Since 1972, we have offered courses in Native American literature. Dr. Kenneth M. Roemer, a Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Scholar Professor, has taught courses such as “Contemporary American Indian Novels & Film,” “American Indian Life Narratives,” and “Native Fictions that Reconstruct American History.” He is also a past Vice-President and founding member of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL) and a past Chair of the American Indian Literatures Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA). His edited anthology Native American Writers of the United States and his co-edited Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature won Writer of the Year Awards from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Dr. Roemer has proudly served as faculty advisor for the Native American Students Association (NASA), “Texas’s longest running Native Student college group,” since their founding in 1995. In March 2018, NASA held its 23rd annual UT Arlington Powwow, which was a great success. Besides Dr. Roemer, Assistant Professor Paul Conrad, who joined the Departments of English and History in Fall 2015, has taught courses on Native American history and Native American Literature. His first book is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press in their Early Modern Americas series: Captive Fates: Displaced Apache Indians in Colonial North America and the Caribbean, 1600–1830.

Beyond our specific support for Native American voices, our Department helps prepare students of all majors and backgrounds for their future careers. We have long partnered with STEM programs at UTA, including Nursing and Engineering, and we help prepare all majors for future careers through our First Year Writing and Technical Writing and Professional Communication courses and programs. And for English majors, our internship program offers opportunities to earn valuable, professional experience before they graduate and enter the job market.