Dr.Sanil Raj J.


  • English


  • Professor & HOD

Date of Joining the Institution

Educational Qualifications

  • MA in English Language and Literature (1990)
  • M Phil in English (1991)
  • B Ed in English (1994)
  • Ph D (2010) Topic of Research – “Openness as Revelation:” A Study of the Innovations in the Black Mountain Poets.

Positions Held:

  • Academic Dean, St Thomas’ College (Autonomous), Thrissur,Kerala. (Since June 2019)
  • Co-ordinator, University of Calicut – School of DistanceEducation, Thrissur Centre. (Since Dec. 2018)
  • Staff Advisor, St Thomas College, Thrissur (Since 2014)
  • Fine Arts Advisor for three years

Honours and Awards:

  • Secured Fulbright Doctoral and Professional Research
    Fellowship, USA (2006 – 2007).
  • Best Research Faculty 2020.
    UGC Major Research Project 2012: Project Title: “The Unheard Muses: A
    Glance through the Less Known Post-Modern American Poetic Movements”.
    Research Guideship: Research Guide in Calicut University.
  • Ph D awarded:2, Thesis submitted: 2
  • No. of Current Scholars: 3
    Editor: Editor, CONSPECTUS: A Journal of English Studies (ISSN 8973 – 0990).
    Published annually by Research Centre & PG Dept. of English, St Thomas
    College, Thrissur.


  • Member MLA (Modern Language Association, New York)
    Member, PG Board of Studies in English, Mahatma Gandhi
    University, Kerala. (Since 11/02/2014)
  • Member, PG Board of Studies in English, St Joseph’s College
    (Autonomous) Irinjalakuda, Kerala.
  • Member, PG Board of Studies in English, Scott Christian College
    (Autonomous) Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu.
  • Elected Staff Council Member, St Thomas’ College (Autonomous),
    Thrissur, Kerala.


  • Member of Board of Examiners to adjudicate Ph D thesis in various universities.
  • Chairperson for the panel of Examiners, PG & UG, University of Calicut.
  • Chairman, Question Paper Scrutiny, University of Kerala
  • Member, Board of Question Paper Setters, University of Kerala and different autonomous colleges
  • Qualified BEC & OET Examiner – Cambridge


  • July 2021 onwards: Academic Head, E-zishya – The E-learning platform.
  • Dec. 1995 – Aug.1999 & July 2004 -31 st May 2021 : Professor & Academic Dean, Research Center and PG Dept. of English, St Thomas College, Thrissur, Kerala –680 001.
  • June 2019 to May 2021: Academic Dean (Arts & Humanities)
  • Aug 2006 – May 2007: Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut (UCONN),USA.
  • Sep. 1999 – July 2003: Teacher in English, Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman
  • Sep. 2003 – Aug. 2004: Teacher in English, Qurum Private School, Sultanate of Oman
  • IELTS: Experience in preparing students for IELTS.


  • “Projective Verse: The Manifesto of the Black Mountain Poets” Advances in Arts & Ideas.Vol.2, 2006. (p.22-29) ISSN 0973-2373
  • “Black Mountain: The Culmination of a New Culture in Education”. Advances in Arts &  Ideas. Vol.4, 2008 (p.1-12) ISSN 0973-2373
  • “Robert Creeley and the Black Mountain Heritage”.Advances in Arts & Ideas. Vol.7, 2011 (p. 41 – 52) ISSN 0973-2373
  • “Robert Duncan: The Making of a Poet”. Conspectus. Vol.6, 2012 (p.29 –44) ISSN 0973-0990
  • Implications of “Projectivism” in Charles Olson’s Shorter Poems. Scott Light. Vol. IV & V, 2011-2012 (49-63) ISSN 0975 – 0819
  • Unveiling the Real Self: A Quest of Identity in Kamala Das’ Poems.Conspectus. Vol.7, 2013 (p.71 – 80) ISSN 0973-0990
  • Jack Kerouac’s Spontaneous Poetry: The Mesmerizing Voice of the Beats. Conspectus. Vol.8, 2014 (p.56 – 63) ISSN 0973-0990
  • John Ashbery: The Visionary of New York School. Conspectus. Vol.9, 2015 (p.35 – 42) ISSN 0973-0990
  • “Defamiliarizing the Ordinary: A Glimpse through the Poetry and Poetics of Frank O’Hara”. PURSUITS. Vol. XIII – Issue 2, August – September 2015. (p. 87-93) ISSN 0974-7400
  • Robert Bly: The ‘Rational Manipulator’ of Deep Image Poetry. Conspectus, Vol. 10, 2016 (p. 45-52)ISSN 0973-0990
  • Concrete Poetry: An Exploration in Spatial Syntax. Conspectus. Vol.11, 2017 (p.81 – 95) ISSN 0973-0990
  • S. Hima., and Dr. Sanil Raj J. ” New Sensibility and Thoughts in the Writings of New Age Indian Women Writers.” Lux Montis, Vol 5., No.1., Jan 2017, pp 42-50. ISSN 2321-8053
  • Sowmya K N., and Dr Sanil Raj J. “Language across Curriculum: An Alternative Approach to Second Language Teaching.” ELTIF Vol.VII.2
    April-June 2016 ISSN 2230-7710.
  • Sowmya K N., and Dr Sanil Raj J. “Exploring the Potentialities of ICT Tools in Communication Skills Training for Engineering Students.”
    LANGLIT Vol. 5 Issue 3, 2019 (International journal with impact factor 4.23)
  • Sameera K.I., and Sanil Raj J. “Recasting Nature as a Feminist Space in Barbara Kingslover’s Flight Behavior.” Conspectus. Vol.11, 2017 (p.40 –49) ISSN 0973-0990


  • International Conference titled “Intersections: Art and Literature” held on 18 February 2020 in Medlycot Hall, St. Thomas’ College (Autonomous),Thrissur.
  • International Seminar on ART & ART HISTORY, held on18th December 2018, Medlycott Hall, St. Thomas’ College (Autonomous), Thrissur.

Conference Papers:

  • International Presentation: “Black Mountain: An Experiment in Education” at the Dept. of English, University of Connecticut, USA (1st
    March 2007)
  • International Presentation: “Black Mountain: An Experiment in Education” at Thomas J Dodd Research Centre, University of Connecticut,USA. (28th Feb. 2007)
  • National Seminar: Paper “Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)”was presented at St Thomas College, Thrissur. (13 th March 2006)
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: An Experimental College of the 1950s” was presented at ShaikshanikaSammelana, the Conference organized by United States Education Foundation in India (USEFI) at Manipal, Karnataka, India. (20-22 nd Nov. 2007)
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: A Historical and Literary Perspective” accepted for presentation at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities at Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (11 – 14 th Jan. 2008).
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: The Culmination of a New Culture in Education”. Accepted for presentation at the 7 th International Conference on “Language, Literature and Cultural Policies” held at University of Craiova, Romania (Nov. 13 – 15, 2008).
  • International Conference on Revisiting Madhavikutty: Kamaladas: The (Self) Ordained ‘Misfit’, presented at St. Aloysius College, Elthuruth,
    Thrissur. (19 th Oct. 2012). National Seminar on Research in Higher Education: Scope and Resources.
  • Paper entitled “Major Research Projects in Humanities and International Fellowships” presented at St Thomas College, Thrissur. (11 th & 12 th March 2013)
  • 2 nd International English Language Teachers’ Conference 2013organised by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan & State Institute of English, Kerala: Paper entitled “English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in Theory and Practice” at KILA, Thrissur. (30 th March – 1 st April 2013)
  • International Seminar on“Contemporary American Literature: Trends and Prospects”, organized by the Research Centre for Comparative Studies, Mercy College, Palakkad, Kerala. Presented a paper titled “Defamiliarizing the Ordinary: A Glimpse through the Poetry and Poetics of Frank O’Hara”.(21st Nov. 2014)

Inaugural Address:

  • National Conference on Socio-cultural Redemption in Comparative Literature at Sri Vasavi College, Erode, Tamil Nadu. Guest of Honour and
    Delivered the Keynote address. (1 st Feb. 2014)
  • National Conference on Translation: Theory and Practice, Kalasalingam University, Tamil Nadu. Delivered inaugural address. (24 th Oct. 2017)

Keynote Address:

  • National Conference on “Past, Present and Future: Growing Scenario in Indian English Literature” Organized by the DEPARTMENT OF
    Address. (26 th Feb. 2015)

Resource person:

  •  Resource Person for One Day Orientation Programme on “Strategies to Enhance English Proficiency Among Secondary and Higher
    Secondary School Teachers” for the Corporate Management of CSI, South Kerala Diocese. (23 rd July. 2016)
  • Guest Lecture on American Literature organized by Dept. of English, Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Chennai on 10 th Nov. 2020.
    Subject Expert:
  • Subject expert for Ph D pre-submission presentation & Progress Committee.
  • Subject Expert in UP Maths, Social Science, Basic Science Worksheet – English
  • Translation Workshop (non-residential) under Samagra Shiksha Kerala, Thrissur

Quiz Competitions:

  • Quiz Master for Sopanam Quiz at Vimala College, Thrissur on 5 th Feb 2015 and 16 th March 2016.
  • Quiz Master for the State level Quiz competition conducted by St Thomas College, Thrissur on 5 th March 2016.
  • Delivered many invited talks and lectures both at the State, National and
    International levels.