Job Placements

UConn English has among the highest job placement rates in the nation.  Approximately 75% of our graduate students who completed their Ph.D.s between 2003-2017 are now in full-time academic teaching positions, with approximately 60% of these on the tenure-track.  Below we list full-time appointments in higher education for graduates of our English and Medieval Studies Ph.D. programs, from 2000 to the present.


2017 Placement

Melissa Bugdal (2017): Salisbury University, MD (tenure-track and Director of Writing Center)

Steven Mollmann (2016): University of Tampa, FL (visiting professor)

Miller Oberman (2017): Eugene Lang College at the New School, NY, NY (tenure track)

Christiana Salah (2016): Hope College, MI (tenure-track)

2016 Placement

Jared Demick (2015): Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC (tenure-track)

Kristina Dolce (MA 2015): Esperanza Academy, Lawrence, MA (permanent position)

Shawn Higgins (2016): New Mexico Tech University, Socorro, New Mexico (tenure-track)

Kathryn Kornacki (2015): Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ (tenure-track)

Patrick Lawrence (2014): University of South Carolina, Lancaster, SC (tenure-track)

Jennifer Ryer (2014): Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rome, GA (permanent lecturer)

Maria Seger (2016): West Point, visiting professor  Update 2017: University of Louisiana, Lafayette (tenure-track)

2015 Placement

Kim Armstrong (2015): Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE (full-time instructor)

Joseph Darda  (2015): Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (tenure-track)

Jeremy DeAngelo  (2013):  Rutgers University, Newark, NJ (Center for Cultural Analysis, one-year postdoc)

Gordon Fraser (2015): North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (tenure-track, starting spring ’16)

Brandon Hawk (2014): Rhode Island College, Providence, RI  (tenure-track)

Christina Henderson (2015):  Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA (tenure-track)

Jonathan Kotchian (2015): Florida International University, Miami, FL (full-time lecturer)

Michelle Maloney-Mangold (2015): Franklin College, Franklin, IN (Visiting Assistant Professor, renewable)

Abbye Meyer (2015): Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Northampton, MA (Program Officer, permanent position)

Matthew Salyer (2015): United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (two-year appointment, renewable)

2014 Placement

Amber West (2014): Girls Write Now, Inc., New York,  NY (Senior Grant Writer, permanent position) update 2016: University of California, Los Angeles (full-time lecturer in Writing Program)

Mary Isbell (2013): University of New Haven, New Haven, CT (Director of  First-Year Writing, tenure-track)

Brandon Hawk (2014): University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (one-year appointment)

D. Michael Jones (2014):  Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (Lecturer)

Rebecca Nisetich  (2014):  University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME  (Assistant Director of  Honors Program, permanent position)

Leah Schwebel (2014):  Texas State University, San Marcos, TX  (tenure-track)

Jorge Santos  (2014):  College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA  (tenure-track)

2013 Placement

Sarah Rasher (2013): St. Augustine College, Chicago, IL (tenure-track)

Ivy Stabell (2013): Iona College, New Rochelle, NY (tenure-track)

Patricia Taylor (2012): Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (3-year postdoctoral fellowship); update 2016: Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA (tenure-track)

Emily Wojcik (2011): Massachusetts Review (Managing Editor, permanent position)

2012 Placement

Todd Barry (expected 2014): Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT (1-year appointment; renewed for a second year; moved to tenure-track in 2013)

Lindy Brady (2012): University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (2-year appointment; moved to tenure track in 2013)

Lauren Davis (2012): Visiting Assistant Professorship at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

Monica Dimauro (2012): Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL (Assistant Professor)

Sean Forbes (2011): University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT  (Acting Director, Creative Writing Program)

Jonathan Kotchian (2012): Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (3-year postdoctoral fellowship) update 2015:  Florida International University (full-time lecturer)

Amanda Smith (2012): Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK (1-year appointment; moved to tenure track in 2013)

Mandy Suhr-Sytsma (2013): Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1-year appointment for AY 2013-2014; renewed)

2011 Placement

Molly Ferguson (2010): Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY (tenure-track); update 2014: Ball State University, Indianapolis, IN (tenure-track)

Jennifer Holley (2012): Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (3-year postdoctoral fellowship)

Mary-Elizabeth Lough (2011): Wheaton College, Norton, MA (1-year appointment; renewed for a second year in 2012)

Karen Li Miller (2008): Trinity College, Hartford, CT (1-year appointment; renewed for a second year in 2012)

Peter Sinclair (2009): Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT (2-year appointment)

2010 Placement

Kenneth Cormier (2010): Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT (6-year position as Director of Creative Writing; moved to tenure track in 2012)

Rebecca Devers (2010): New York City College of Technology, a CUNY School, Brooklyn, NY (tenure-track)

Denise Feikema (2010): University of North Carolina, Pembroke, NC (tenure-track)

Andrew Pfrenger (2011): Kent State University, Salem, OH (tenure-track)

Karen Renner (2010): Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (1-year appointment; full-time permanent in 2011)

Kisha Tracy (2010): Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA (1-year appointment; moved to tenure track in 2011)

2009 Placement

Becky Caouette (2009): Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (tenure-track)

Christopher Dowd (2009): Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO (2-year appointment); update 2011: University of New Haven, New Haven, CT (Chair, tenure-track)

Erin Heidkamp (2009): Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT (Interim Director, International Programs)

K. Randy Laist (2009): Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT (permanent appointment)

Frank Napolitano (2009): Radford University, Radford, VA (tenure-track)

2008 Placement

Jason Berger (2009): University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (tenure-track)

Ernest Cole (2008): Hope College, Holland, MI (tenure-track; update 2015: Department Chair of the English Department)

Lois Coleman (2008): Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT (tenure-track)

Carolyn Coulson-Grigsby (2006): Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA (tenure-track)

Randall Cream (2008): U of South Carolina (3-year postdoctoral fellowship); update 2011: West Chester U, West Chester, PA (tenure-track)

Dawn Goode (2008): James Madison U, Harrisonburg, VA (tenure-track)

Wendy Hoofnagle (2008): University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA (tenure-track)

Katie Peel (2008): U of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC (tenure-track)

Maureen Tuthill (2008): Westminster College, Fulton, MO (tenure-track)

2007 Placement

Laurie Cella (2007): Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA (tenure-track)

Matthew Cella (2007): Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA (visiting appointment; moved to tenure track in 2012)

Jason Courtmanche (2007): University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (permanent appointment; Director, Connecticut Writing Project)

O. Cherif Diop (2002): Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA (tenure-track)

Jon Dietrick (2007): Babson College, Babson Park, MA (tenure-track)

James Donahue (2007): SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY (tenure-track)

Anita Duneer (2007): College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (visiting appointment); update: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (tenure-track)

Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta (2007): Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT (tenure-track); update 2012: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA (tenure-track)

Aaron Mushengyezi (2007): Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (permanent appointment)

J. Aaron Sanders (2008): Columbus State University, Columbus, GA (tenure-track)

Reginald Wilburn (2008): University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (tenure-track)

2006 Placement

Peter Chidester (2013): Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, AZ (tenure-track)

Christopher Anderson (2006): Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS (tenure-track)

Joshua Eyler (2006): Columbus State University, Columbus, GA (tenure-track); update 2011: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence)

Aparna Gollapudi (2006): Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (tenure-track)

Tonya Moutray McArthur (2006): Russell Sage College, Troy, NY (tenure-track)

John Sexton (2007): Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA (tenure-track)

Mara Reisman (2006): Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (tenure-track)

Walter Nott (2006): Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA (tenure-track). Deceased.

2005 Placement

Kathrine Aydelott (2005): Yale University Library (grant-funded position); update 2007: Southern New Hampshire University (Instruction Librarian); update 2012: Phillips Academy, Andover, MA (Instructional Services Librarian)

Karen Henck (2005): Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA (tenure-track)

M. Wendy Hennequin (2006): Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN (tenure-track)

S. Elizabeth Passmore (2005): University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN (tenure-track)

Joseph Stephenson (2007): Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX (tenure-track; update 2012: Assistant Dean, Honors College)

Chad W. Stanley (2005): Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA (tenure-track; Director, Writing Center)

Cherie Ann Turpin (2005): University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (tenure-track)

Kurt Heidinger (2005): Center for Environmental Philosophy, University of North Texas (visiting research appointment); update 2009: Executive Director, Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy, Westhampton, MA

Genevieve Brassard (2004): University of Portland, Portland, OR (tenure-track)

2004 Placement

Elizabeth Bidinger (2004): Worcester State University, Worcester, MA (tenure-track); update 2007: Director, Central Massachusetts Writing Project

Joanne Cordon (2004): Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT (Visiting Assistant Professor); update 2007: College of the Holy Cross (Visiting Assistant Professor)

Christine Cooper-Rompato (2004): Utah State University, Logan, UT (tenure-track)

Brian Cremins (2004): Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (tenure-track); update 2007: Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL (tenure-track); update 2008: Harper College, Palatine, IL (tenure-track; tenured in 2011)

Robert Curry (2004): Alfred State College, Alfred, NY (tenure-track)

Joshua Masters (2004): University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA (Visiting Assistant Professor; moved to tenure-track in 2005)

Margaret Mitchell (2004): University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA (tenure-track)

David Rice (2004): College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY (tenure-track)

Allison Singley (2004): Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA (Visiting Assistant Professor); update 2012: Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA (Director of Parent Relations)

Jenny Spinner (2004): Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA (tenure-track)

2003 Placement

Karen Cajka (2004): Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (tenure-track). Deceased.

Moira Casey (2003): Miami University of Ohio, Middletown, OH (tenure-track)

Kate Laity (2004): University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX (tenure-track); update 2006: College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY (tenure-track)

Stephanie Roach (2003): University of Michigan, Flint, MI (tenure-track)

2002 Placement

Eugene Kannenberg (2002): University of Houston, Houston, TX (tenure-track)

Julie Nash (2002): University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA (tenure-track)

2001 Placement

Biling Olive Chen (2001): Salem International University, Salem, WV (tenure-track)

Helena Spector (2001): University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK (tenure-track)

Kim Freeman (2001): Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY

Darcy Zabel (2001): Friends University, Wichita, KS (tenure-track;  update 2012: Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs)

Francine McGregor (2001): Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (tenure-track)

Valerie Smith (2001): Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT (tenure-track)

Bradley Johnson (2001): Doane College, Crete, NE (tenure-track)

2000 Placement

Dennis Gouws (2000): Springfield College, Springfield, MA (tenure-track)

Nancy Knowles (2000): Eastern Oregon State University (tenure-track)

Joseph Lennon (2000): Manhattan College, New York (tenure-track) update 2010: Villanova, PA, Director of Irish Studies (tenure-track)

Ellen O’Brien (2000): Roosevelt University, Chicago (tenure-track)

Kate Smith (2000): Florida International University  (tenure-track)

Barbara Suess (2000): William Patterson University, NJ (tenure-track)