Recent PhD Placements

Job Placement Record

Graduates of our PhD program have been very successful at securing tenure-track jobs in higher education for which they have been trained as scholars and teachers.

These PhDs currently hold jobs at the broad range of institutions in the United States from large public universities (including the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ohio State, Rutgers, Hunter College-CUNY, Pennsylvania State University, Clemson University) to private colleges (including Bard, Mt. Holyoke, Iona College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Fairfield University).  Some have accepted positions abroad at Zhejiang University (China) and Qatar University. Others have secured postdoctoral appointments at major university research centers and through programs such as the ACLS New Faculty Fellows competition. A number of our PhDs who initially secured visiting appointments at institutions then move on to tenure-track positions at other schools.

According to the Modern Language Association—the professional organization representing English literature, language, and composition among other fields—only about a third of English PhDs go into tenure track teaching positions. This statistic reflects both the constriction of the job market following the 2008 financial crash and the desires of some graduate students to pursue alternate career paths.

While most of Maryland PhDs do gain tenure-track jobs, others actively seek alternative-academic or non-academic positions. Former students have pursued careers at non-profit organizations, cultural heritage foundations, advocacy centers, and federal agencies (such as the National Endowment for the Humanities), a process facilitated by the University of Maryland’s ties to the institutional culture of Washington, DC.

Recent Job Placements

2018-2019Sarah Bonnie Humud Associate Director of Honors Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park
Kara Fontenot (English PhD 2017) Full-time Lecturer at the University of
Emily Perez (English PhD 2018)Awarded wo-year postdoctoral fellowship at the
University of Maryland—Baltimore County.
Nataliya Pratsovyta (CMLT PhD 2017)Full-time position in the Philology
department at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine,
Nathaniel Underland (English PhD 2016)Director of Operations for the Brain
and Behavior Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park.
2017-2018Oliver BreareySenior Analytical Writer/Editor, Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College
Nathan KelberTenure track Assistant Librarian, Digital Scholarship Specialist UNC-Chapel Hill
Ruth OsorioTenure-track Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University
Jonathan WilliamsTenure-track Assistant Professor at Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey)
Emily YoonLecturer, Loyola University Maryland
2016-2017Elizabeth DePriest

English Faculty, Arundel High School

Thomas GearyTenure-Track Associate Professor, Tidewater Community College
Jamison KantorTenure-track Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, Mansfield
Nathan KelberManager of Digital Projects, Detroit Historical Society
Jeremy MetzUpper School English Faculty, The Potomac School
Elizabeth Ellis MillerTenure-track Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
Katie StanutzAssistant Director of the University Honors Program, University of Maryland
Maggie RayEnglish Faculty, Prince George's County Resident Teacher's Program
Rob WakemanTenure-track Assistant Professor, Mount Saint Mary College; 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of South Florida 
2015-2016Chris BrownAssistant Professor, Wake Forest University; ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Princeton University, 2014-16
Christin TaylorAssistant Professor, Shenandoah University
Rob WakemanPost-doctoral Fellowship, University of South Florida 
Faculty, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria VA
Gillian KnollAssistant professor, Western Kentucky University
Heather LindenmanAssistant professor, Elon University 
Lisa RhodyDeputy Director of Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate Center; Research Assistant Professor at the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 2012-15
Amanda ViscontiAssistant Professor, Purdue University Library
Kelly WisecupAssistant professor, Northwestern University; Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 2009-15
2013-2014Anita BakshAssistant Professor, CUNY-LaGuardia Community College
Rewa BurnhamAssistant Professor, Trinity Washington University
Martin CamperAssistant Professor, Loyola University, Maryland
Amanda DykemaVisiting Assistant Professor, Rhodes College
James HodappAssistant Professor, American University of Beirut
Jamison KantorVisiting Assistant Professor, Colby College
Shaundra MyersAssistant Professor, Northwestern University; Post-Doctoral Fellow Rutgers University 2012
Sarah SillinTenure-track Assistant Professor of Transnational American Literature at Central Washington University
2012-2013Andrew BlackAssistant Professor, Murray State University
Kimberly BrownTenure and promotion to associate professor at Texas A&M and Director of Africana Studies, 2005-12; Associate Professor and Chair of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Study Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
Caroline EganInstructional Designer, Mosaic Learning, Inc.
Gillian KnollDirector of Educational Mentoring, Thinking Organized in Chevy Chase, MD.
Jasmine LellockLead Curriculum Developer and English Language Arts Teacher, Newark Charter High School
Jason PaytonTenure-track Assistant Professor at University of Georgia, previously of Sam Houston State
Michael RosenbergWeb Manager, PCTEL Inc.
Margaret SinclairAssistant Professor, Qatar University
2011-2012Kate BossertAssistant Professor, Notre Dame University of Maryland
Lara M. CrowleyAssistant Professor, Texas Tech University 2008; received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University in 2012
Timothy CrowleyTexas Tech University 2010; received tenure and promotion to Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, 2012
Maria GiganteAssistant Professor, Western Michigan University
Magdelyn HelwigDirector of Writing Programs, Western Illinois University, 2010-12; Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University, 2012
Amy KarpTenure Track position, CUNY Kingsborough
Kelly McGovernWriter-Editor for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
T.J. MorettiAssistant Professor, Iona College
Jason RhodySenior Program Officer, Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities
Marc RuppelProgram Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs
Suzanne TartamellaAssistant Professor, Henderson State University
 2010-2011  Tanya ClementAssistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Schuyler EspritAssistant Professor, Trinity Washington University
Erin KellyNazareth College, 2003-08; Tenure Track position, University of Georgia, 2008-10; Assistant Professor, University of Victoria (Canada)
Sarah KimmettTenure Track position, Zhejiang University (China)
Rebecca LushAssistant Professor, California State University, San Marcos
Kelly McGovernWriter-Editor, Office of Inspector-General, US Department of Agriculture
Vera TobinAssistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Margaret VasileiouPostdoctoral fellowship, The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age, and the Enlightenment, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier (France)
Elizabeth VeiszAssistant Professor, Bridgewater State University
2009-2010Deborah BailinACLS Public Fellow and Democracy Analyst at the Center for Science and Democracy of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Kate BossertVisiting Assistant Professor,  Franklin and Marshall College
Heather BrownAssistant Professor, Monmouth University
Michelle BrownTenure Track position, Shenandoah University
Maurice ChampagneWriting Specialist at Trinity College, DC (2007); Tenure Track position, Morgan State University
Karen NelsonAssociate Director, Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland from 1999 - 2010, Associate Director, Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, University of Maryland, 2010
Heidi ScottAssistant Professor, Florida International University
Lisa ZimmerelliAssistant Professor, Loyola University of Maryland
2008-2009Keiko AraiTenure Track position, Musashi University, (Japan)
Nancy ComorauAssistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University
Misun DokkoAssistant Professor, Shippensburg University
Simone DrakeVisiting Assistant Professor, Denison University (2007); Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
Delores PhillipsAssistant Professor, Old Dominion University
Katherine SingerAssistant Professor, Mt. Holyoke College
Nazera WrightAssistant Professor, University of Kentucky
2007-2008 Ray BossertVisiting Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
Jonathan BuehlAssistant Professor, The Ohio State University
David K. ColeyAssistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
Wendy HaydenAssistant Professor, Hunter College-CUNY
Timothy HelwigVisiting Assistant Professor, Hampden-Sydney College, 2006-08; Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University (2008)
Matthew HillAssistant Director, Communications and Technology, University of Maryland Graduate School, 2004-08; Assistant Professor, Coppin State University, 2008
Deonne MintoAssistant Professor, Trinity College, Washington DC
Rhondda R. ThomasAssistant Professor, Clemson University
2006-2007Jaime AlvesTenure Track position, Bard College
Brian Bergen-AurandTenure Track position, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Cameron BushnellAssociate Professor, Clemson University
Catherine FieldAssistant Professor, San Diego State University
Alison Krögel Fierros (CMLT)Associate Professor, University of Denver
Bryan LoveAssociate Professor, University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie
Elizabeth McClurePostdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware
Silvia Mejia (CMLT)Associate Professor, College of St. Rose
Shirley MoodyAssistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Nels PearsonTennessee State University, 2001-07; Associate Professor, Fairfield University, 2007
Emily OrlandoTennessee State University, 2002-07; Associate Professor, Fairfield University, 2007
Julie StrongsonAssistant Professor, Anne Arundel Community College, MD
2005-2006Traci ChungDirector of Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, University of Maryland Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Allyson FetterhofDirector of Writing, Smartthinking,Washington D.C.
Jennifer Riddle HardingAssistant Professor, Washington and Jefferson College
Bryan HerekAssistant Professor, Hampton University
Amy HobbsAssistant Professor, Central State University, OH
Hyunyang LimManaging Director, KASM (Korean American Sharing Movement), Washington D.C.
Meg PearsonAssociate Professor, University of West Georgia
Marc SingerTennessee State University, 2001-06; Associate Professor, Howard University (2006)
Geoffrey SchrammDepartment of English, National Cathedral School, Washington DC
James WynnAssociate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Nanette BrennerCommand Editor for the Intelligence Coordination Center, Scientific Applications International Corporation
Sonya BrownAssociate Professor, Fayetteville State University, NC
Ryan ClaycombAssociate Professor, West Virginia University
Joseph CouchCoordinator of College-level English, Montgomery College
Norlisha CrawfordBucknell University, 2002-05; Tenure Track position, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Caleb CorkeryAssociate Professor, Millersville University, PA
Adenike Marie DavidsonUniversity of Central Florida, 2000-05; Associate Professor, Fisk University
Rob DoggettSUNY Potsdam, 2002-05; Professor, SUNY-Geneseo
Mike DuvallAssociate Professor, College of Charleston, SC
Matthew ElliottAssociate Professor, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
David EubanksAssistant Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, College Park
William FitzgeraldAssociate Professor, Rutgers University, Camden NJ
Sandra HillTenure Track position, University of Louisiana, Monroe
Robert HurdFulbright Junior Lecturer, Goethe Universität (2001-2003); Tenure Track position, Anne Arundel Community College, 2005
Jarom McDonaldAssociate Professor, Brigham Young University
Kathlene McDonaldBorough of Manhattan Community College, 2002-05; Associate Professor, City College of New York-CUNY
Paul MadachyTenure Track position, Prince George's Community College
Koritha MitchellAssociate Professor, Ohio State University
Erin SadlackAssociate Professor, Marywood University
Stephen SevernAssociate Professor, West Texas A&M University
April ShemakAssociate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Lara VetterAssociate Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
2003-2004Eric BerlatskyAssociate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Daniela GarofaloAssociate Professor, University of Oklahoma
Kevin JessarOmbudsman, National Institutes of Health
Susan Kaye JohnsonAssociate Dean for Planning, Programs, and Resource Development, University of Richmond, VA
Heidi LaudienVisiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, NY
Crystal ParikhUniversity of Utah, 2000-04; Associate Professor, New York University, 2004
Catherine RomagnoloAssociate Professor, Lebanon Valley College, PA
David SolomonDirector, University of Maryland College Park Scholars Program
Christina WellsTenure Track position, Northern Virginia Community College
Ed WhitleyAssociate Professor, Lehigh University, PA
2002-2003Kate DobsonAssistant Professor, McDaniel College
Keely McCarthyAssociate Professor, Chestnut Hill College
Anita ShermanAssociate Professor, American University
Deb TaylorAssistant Professor, Montgomery College
Myles WeberAssistant Professor, Ashland University
Devin OrgeronAssociate Professor, North Carolina State University
Marsha OrgeronAssociate Professor, North Carolina State University
Leona SevickAssistant Academic Dean, College of Notre Dame, MD
George WilliamsAssistant Professor, University of Missouri, Kansas City
2000-2001Annette DeboProfessor, Western Carolina University
Jeana DelRosso FreemanAssociate Professor, College of Notre Dame, MD
Leigh Anna EickeAssistant Professor, Grand Valley State University
Craig HamiltonTenure Track position, University of Nottingham
Andrew HubbellAssociate Professor, Susquehanna University
Jennifer JamesAssociate Professor, George Washington University
Eleanor ShevlinAssociate Professor, West Chester University
1999-2000Timothy BrownDirector, Corporate Communications, Conectiv, Delmarva Power, DE
Anne CarrollTenure and promotion to associate professor, Wichita State University
Elizabeth ChildProfessor, Trinity College, Washington DC, Chair of Department
Stanley DambroskiSpeech writer, Secretary of the Department of the Interior
Michele OsherowClinical Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director, Dresher Center for the Humanities, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Dramaturg, Folger Theater
Michael SchoopPresident, Metropolitan Campus and College Vice President, Cuyahoga Community College, OH
1998-1999Rodrigo LazoInitial placement Miami University (OH); received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, University of California Irvine
Adrienne McCormickTenure and promotion to Associate Professor and Department Chair, SUNY Fredonia
Amy StackhouseTenure and promotion to Associate Professor, Iona College; Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Iona College
1996-1997Jonathan BoltonProfessor, Auburn University
Tara HartProfessor, English, Arts & Humanities; Chair, Humanities, Howard Community College
Daniel McMahonPrincipal, DeMatha High School, Washington DC
David PaddyDepartment chair, Whittier College, CA