College English

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College English  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline English language arts for college teachers
Language English
Edited by Kelly Ritter
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency bimonthly
ISSN 0010-0994
LCCN 2002-227121
OCLC no. 1564053

College English is an official publication of the American National Council of Teachers of English and is aimed at college-level teachers and scholars of English. The peer-reviewed journal publishes articles on a range of topics related to the teaching of English language arts at the college level, including literature, rhetoric, critical theory, and pedagogy.[1] It sometimes publishes special issues devoted to specific themes. Its content is accessible electronically via ERIC, ProQuest, and JSTOR, and is indexed by the MLA.


College English began in 1939 when it was spun off from The English Journal.[2] Its first editor was W. Wilbur Hatfield, who also edited The English Journal. He continued to edit both publications until 1955.[3]


Since its founding in 1939, College English has had ten editors:

  • W. Wilbur Hatfield (1939-1955)[4]
  • Frederick L. Gwynn (1955-1960)[4]
  • James E. Miller, Jr. (1960-1966)[4]
  • Richard Ohmann (1966-1978)[4]
  • Donald Gray (1978-1985)[4]
  • James C. Raymond (1985-1992)[4]
  • Louise Z. Smith (1992-1999)[4]
  • Jeanne Gunner (1999-2006)
  • John Schilb (2006-2012)
  • Kelly Ritter (2012–present)


  1. ^ "CE Submission Guidelines". Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Writing Guide for College English". Colorado State University. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ Pooley, Robert C., ed. (1960). Perspectives on English: Essays to Honor W. Wilbur Hatfield. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts. p. 5. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Goggin, Maureen Daly (2000). Authoring a Discipline: Scholarly Journals and the Post-World War II Emergence of Rhetoric and Composition. Routledge. pp. 209–210. ISBN 0-8058-3578-4. 

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