"My PhD studies at UD provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I become an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
"My professors helped me develop a compassionate teaching style and establish professional connections."
~ Staci Edwards
"I attribute much of my success to the English Education program at Delaware."
~ Samantha Draper
The English Career Forum (ECF) is a new organization founded by
graduate students for graduate students who want to explore and celebrate
diverse career options. The group meets several times throughout the semester
and hosts presentations and talks by professionals from different career fields
to discuss what students might do with an MA or PhD in English.
Presentations this past fall semester included visits from a
professor of rhetoric and composition, a UD alum working in a non-profit, and a
Scheduled presentations for this semester include an
executive director of a non-profit organization that works with adult learners,
a senior library assistant, and an assistant dean.
February 19: Cindy Shermeyer, who received an MA in linguistics, will
be discussing her work with adult language learners and her position as
executive director of a non-profit organization. Cindy runs Literacy
Volunteers Serving Adults/Northern Delaware, Inc. in Wilmington, which works
with both ESL and non-ESL adult learners in Delaware. We will meet in 232
Purnell Hall from 4-5 p.m.
March 1: ECF
invites you to attend a Job Application workshop with Career Services! This
workshop will focus on constructing application documents (resume, CV, cover
letter, etc.) that showcase your best skills and qualifications. We'll work on
tailoring job materials to specific positions and organizations, how to
highlight your skills, and other best practices. This workshop is for ECF
specifically, so Career Services will be tailoring their advice to English
Grads. They are always very helpful, and the opportunity to work on your job
materials while you can ask questions of Career Services and receive
personalized advice will be invaluable! Please join us in 048 Memorial Hall
from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.!
March 19: Meg
Grotti, who earned her bachelor's in English Literature from UConn and her MLIS
from Syracuse University, will discuss her position as a senior assistant
librarian, as well as her job search and her education. Currently, Meg is the
liaison for E110, the ELI (English Language Institute) and the School
of Education. We will meet in 232 Purnell Hall from 4-5 p.m.
April 16: Due to interest in the
graduate community regarding teaching high school, the English Career Forum has
organized a panel with three former or current high school teachers. Grad
student Kerry Hasler-Brooks will discuss her experience teaching in public
schools, and UD alum Betsy Chapin will discuss teaching in private-school settings.
UD alum John Jordan will discuss administrating in a private-school setting, as
well as his experience as a private school instructor. More detailed bios are
forthcoming. Please join us on April 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. for this informative panel
that will cover job searching, interviewing, daily life in high schools and job
3: UD alum Danielle Reinhart will come to speak to
us about her career in academia, where she has served in multiple capacities
including academic advising and in academic administration. She currently
serves as the assistant dean in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac
University in Connecticut. We will meet from 4-5 p.m. Location TBA.
Please feel free to email Elizabeth Downs at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any potential contacts or ideas about what types of speakers you
would like for us to try to schedule for an upcoming ECF meeting.
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