For the last several decades, we have been extraordinarily successful in placing our PhD graduates in tenure-track jobs. We calculate our placement percentage by means of the number of PhD graduates who receive a tenure-track job within three years of graduation.
Between fall 2000 and fall 2008, our placement rate was 84% (48 of 57 graduates), and the vast majority of those students (73%) found a tenure track job in their sixth year in the program or within one year of graduation. The worldwide financial crisis that began in 2008 affected our placement rate (just as, we assume, it affected the placement rate of all our peer institutions), and between spring 2008 and fall 2013, our placement rate was 63% (30 of 48 students). (Even that placement rate is significantly above what the authors of an economics study recently calculated as the average placement rate--54%--of graduates from peer English programs such as the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania.).
Our current 3 year tenure-track placement rate for students who graduated from Spring 2014 through Spring 2015 is 100%.
The department has created an intensive and comprehensive system to help students prepare themselves for their job applications, from the initial preparation of applications to mock on-campus interviews.
(1) David Colander, with Daisy Zhuo, "Where Do PhDs in English Get Jobs: An Economist's View of the English PhD Market." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 15/1 (2014): 139-56.
Recent Tenure-Track Positions
- Patrick Morgan (PhD 2019), University of Louisiana - Monroe
- Matthew Omelsky (PhD 2018), University of Rochester
- Jessica Hines (PhD 2017), Birmingham-Southern College
- Jonathan Howard (PhD 2017), Boston College
- Mary Caton Lingold (PhD 2017), Virginia Commonwealth University
- Marina Magloire (PhD 2017), University of Miami
- Ainehi Edoro (PhD 2016), Marquette University
- Rebecca Evans (PhD 2016), Winston-Salem State University
- William Hunt (PhD 2016), Barton College
- Thomas Manganaro (PhD 2016), University of Richmond
- Calina Ciobanu (PhD 2015), US Naval Academy
- Jacqueline Cowan (PhD 2015), Red Deer College
- Azeen Khan (PhD 2015), Dartmouth College
- Deanna Koretsky (PhD 2015), Spelman College
- Frances McDonald (PhD 2015), University of Louisville
- Whitney Trettien (PhD 2015), University of Pennsylvania