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Post-Graduate Career Highlights

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We take an active role in helping our graduate students compete for jobs inside and outside the academy. Our Job Placement Committee helps prepare graduate students for every step of the academic job search. The committee combines group meetings with one-on-one advising sessions and mock interviews in order to make sure that our students are prepared to compete for jobs. The department also hosts workshops and talks aimed at facilitating student and alumni job preparation.

Students interested in careers outside the academy  benefit from our internship and GA-ship opportunities in areas such as publishing, museums, and special collections. Given that many academic job interviews also ask candidates to speak to how they'd forge connections to local institutions, these opportunities serve a dual purpose of preparing students for careers across the humanities.

As of November 2019, our 10-year record on placement is as follows:

• 62% of our Ph.D. holders are in full-time professorial positions (tenure track and tenure equivalent)

•21% of our Ph.D. holders are in full-time humanities careers (libraries, publishing, university administration)

•17% of our Ph.D. holders are working part time / currently job seeking / did not report*

(*If you are an alum and would like to update us on your career, please get in touch!)


Here is a listing of our full-time university placements since 2009:

Academic Career Placements

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 ProfessorUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst

Clay Colmon, 2017, Associate Director of Digital Humanites Program, University of Pennsylvania

Kyle Meikle, 2016, Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Baltimore

Kyle Vitale, 2016, Assistant Director for Faculty Teaching Initiatives, Folger Shakespeare Library (now Assistant Director, Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale)

Jane Wessel, 2016,  Assistant ProfessorAustin Peay State University (now Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy) 

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 (now Associate Professor)

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

Joshua Calhoun, 2012, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Now Associate Professor)

Adam Jabbur, 2012, Assistant Professor, Towson University (Now Associate Professor)

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 (Now Associate Professor)

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