Job Placement Assistance for Graduate Students


Job Placement Advising

 We offer professionalization activities designed to help you move steadily toward a career at the end of your degree program.

  • Professionalization Workshops. Each year students at all stages in their program can attend workshops on selected topics related to professionalization, such as writing conference proposals, delivering conference presentations, building a dossier, preparing for the academic job market and more.
  • Individualized job placement advising. The year that you enter the academic job market, you will receive individualized advising that includes review of dossier materials, interview practice and career counseling.

Please contact the placement adviser, Timothy Ryan, Ph.D. ( for more information.

Recent Placements

Graduates of our M.A. and Ph.D. programs have secured positions in the following areas:

Higher Education

  • Kelle Alden, Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Coordinator, University of Tennessee Martin (2017)
  • Erika Sparby, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, Illinois State University (2017)
  • Andrew Burt, Instructor of English, Henderson State University, (2018)
  • Tracy Stephens, Assistant Professor of English, Queens University of Charlotte (2017)
  • Jeff Gard, Assistant Professor of English and Writing and Writing Center Director, Briar Cliff University (2017)
  • Ashley Heiberger, Assistant Professor of English as a Second Language, Buena Vista University (2017)
  • Stephanie Opfer, Assistant Professor of English, Chair of the Masters in Humanities Program, Tiffin University (2017)
  • Adam Burgess, Instructor of English, College of Southern Nevada (2017)
  • Rhiannon Catherwood, Assistant Professor of English, Onondaga Community College (2017)
  • Zac Wendler, Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Communication, Ferris State University (2015)
  • Jay Marinan, Assistant Professor of English, Georgia Gwinnett College (2015)
  • Jane Denison-Furness, Assistant Professor of Developmental Literacy, Central Oregon Community College (2014)
  • Alison Lukowski, Assistant Professor, Christian Brothers University (2014)
  • Melina Probst, Assistant Professor, College of DuPage (2014)
  • Elyse Lamszus, Assistant Professor, Olivet Nazarene University (2014)
  • Emily Kingery, Tenure-track Assistant Professor, St. Ambrose University (2013)
  • Suzanne Blum Malley, Associate Professor, Columbia College (2013)
  • Kathleen Turner, Writing Center Director, University of Mississippi Tupelo (2013)
  • Elizabeth Bowman, Assistant Professor, University of Guam (2012)
  • Jose Fernandez, Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University (2012)
  • Christopher Blankenship, Assistant Professor, Emporia University (2012)
  • Adam Kotlarzcyk, English Faculty, Illinois Math and Science Academy (2012)
  • Todd West, English Faculty, Kishwaukee Community College (2012)
  • Bonnie Miller, English Faculty, Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, IL (2012)

Teaching English in High Schools

  • Adlai E. Stevenson H.S. District 25
  • Aurora East C.U.S.D. 131
  • Burlington Central C.U.S.D. 301
  • Byron C.U.S.D. 226
  • Community Unit School District 300
  • DeKalb C.U.S.D. 428
  • Downers Grove Community H.S. District 99
  • Elgin C.U.S.D. 46
  • Elmhurst.U.S.D. 205
  • Harvard C.U.S.D. 50
  • Hononegah Community H.S. District 207
  • Illinois Math and Science Academy
  • Orangeville C.U.S.D. 203
  • Rockford S.D. 205
  • Sycamore C.U.S.D. 427
  • Township H.S. District 211

Professional Writing and Editing, Content Management, Grant Writing, and Web Development

  • AbbVie
  • American Medical Association
  • Follett Higher Education
  • Grainger
  • Harper College
  • The Huffington Post
  • Humana
  • JourneyCare
  • Foundation
  • Kohl's Department Stores
  • Morningstar Media
  • Nielsen Media
  • Oral Health America
  • Polysystems
  • Shure Corporation