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Alumni News

Dr. Jessica Conrad Receiving University Dissertation Prize

​From left to right, UD President Assanis; Jessica Conrad, dissertation award winner; John Ernest, chair of the Department of English.


















Jessica Conrad (Ph.D. '19) received the 2019 Wilbur Owen Sypherd Dissertation Prize for her dissertation, Boycott: Literary Interventions in the American Marketplace 1820-1880. She has recently joined Kent State University at Stark as an Assistant Professor of English.

Carolyne King (Ph.D. '19) recently accepted a position at Salisbury University, where she will serve as the new Director of First Year Writing and Assistant Professor of English. 

Jane Wessel (Ph.D. ‘16) has recently moved to the U.S. Naval Academy where she is continuing to work as an Assistant Professor of English in 18th C Literature.

April Pelt (MA ‘07) is currently serving as Digital Learning Liaison for Clemson's College of Education while she works on a doctorate in Learning Sciences at Clemson University.

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Job Placement Record

Carolyne King, 2019, Assistant Professor,  Salisbury University

Jessica Conrad, 2019, Assistant Professor, Kent State at Stark, Ohio

Halina Adams, 2018, Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State, Massachusetts

Sarah Patterson, 2017, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Clay Colmon, 2020, Associate Director of Digital Humanites Program, University of Pennsylvania

Kyle Meikle, 2016, Assistant Professor, University of Baltimore

Kyle Vitale, 2016, Assistant Director for Faculty Teaching Initiatives, Yale University

Jane Wessel, 2016,  Assistant Professor, Austin Peay State University

Sabina Amanbayeva, 2015, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma City University

Meg Meiman, 2015, Head of Teaching & Learning, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries

Virginia Garnett, 2015, Lecturer, UNC Pembroke

Kerry Hasler-Brooks, 2014, Assistant Professor, Messiah College

Elizabeth Knauss, 2014, Professor of English, Manor College

Gabrielle Parkin, 2014, Lecturer, Case Western University

Joe Turner, 2014, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

Rachael Zeleny, 2014, Writing Program Director, Alvernia University; Assistant Professor, University of Baltimore

Joshua Calhoun, 2012, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adam Jabbur, 2012, Assistant Professor, Towson University

Mike McGehee, 2012,  Assistant Professor, North Hennepin Community College

Michael Edson, 2011, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

Robert Klevay, 2009, Associate Professor, Auburn University at Montgomery

Darlene Farabee, 2008, Associate Professor, University of South Dakota

Michelle Filling, 2008, Associate Professor and Acting Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cabrini University

Therese Rizzo, 2008, Assistant Professor, UNC Pembroke

Melissa Sullivan, 2008, Assistant Professor, Rosemont College

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Alumni Spotlight: Joe Turner

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​Joe Turner received his PhD in English from UD in 2014

Since graduating from UD in 2014, Joe Turner has been assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville, where he will serve as director of graduate studies for the English MA and PhD in rhetoric and composition beginning in January of 2019. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Heather (an alumna of UD's English MA), and his two dogs, Anya and Greta.

His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Kentucky Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Culture. Two recent publications have grown directly from his time at UD. A 2018 article in Pedagogy documents his job market advising sessions for PhD students at Louisville, inspired by John Ernest's meetings at UD, as well as a chapter in Jim Dean's 2017 festschrift. Other articles have/will appear in Rhetorica (twice), Rhetoric Review, the Chaucer Review, and a forthcoming volume on cocktails, The Shaken and the Stirred (Indiana UP).

When not writing, Joe prefers to spend time in Kentucky's great parks, trying to keep up with the dogs.

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From left to right, UD President Assanis; Jessica Conrad, dissertation award winner; John Ernest, chair of the Department of English.

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