Preparation and Placement

Students laughing and talking

To prepare our graduate students for diverse career opportunities, the English department and Job Placement and Professionalization Officer (JPPO) provide many resources. Throughout the year, we offer workshops and advice on professionalization, succeeding in graduate school, publishing articles, preparation of fellowship applications, and preparation of job dossier materials for diverse academic and non-academic career. Students also take advantage of opportunities at the Hall Center for the Humanities Applied Humanities Boot Camp and Applied Humanities Summer Fellows to acquire skills in the public humanities sector to prepare for positions in archives, museums, libraries, non-profit humanities programming, podcasting, and more. 

Recent alumni have launched careers in research universities, teaching universities, small liberal arts colleges, university writing and area studies centers, non-profit organizations, museums, private high schools, editing and publishing, and the research offices of the Kansas Legislature. Please contact the JPPO to be added to the job search Canvas website and get involved in preparation and professionalization activities.



Gibette Encarnacion, Assistant Professor of English in Latino, Latina, Latinx Literature, Idaho State University

L Favicchia (Creative Writing), Policy Coordinator for the KU Office of Graduate Studies

Brynn Fitzsimmons (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor of English, in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies, University of Alabama

Sandra Jacobo (Literature), Pre-doctoral fellow, Middle Tennessee State University


Past Years

Jason Baltazar (Creative Writing), Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, James Madison University 

Arnab Chakraborty (Literature), Lecturer of English, Birmingham-Southern College 

Charlesia McKinney (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor in the English Department and Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Christopher Peace (Rhet/Comp), Brittain Fellowship in the Writing and Communication Center, Georgia Tech

Kyle Teller (Creative Writing), Learning Experience Designer Children’s Alliance of Kansas in Topeka

Alex Burdge (Literature), Rhetoric Teacher, Academy of Classical Christian Studies, Oklahoma City 

Dana Comi (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor, Auburn University-Montgomery 

Chris Hall (Literature), Assistant Professor, University of the Ozarks  

Emma Kostopolus (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor, Valdosta State University

Aaron Long (Literature), Lecturer, Kansas City Art Institute 

Simone Savannah (Creative Writing), Postdoc Fellow, University of Cincinnati 

Jessica Weatherford (Literature), Visiting Clinical Instructor, Purdue University

Wen Xin (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Teaching Professor, Syracuse University

Jacob Herrmann (Literature), Assistant Director, Center for Academic and Professional Communication, Rice University

Casey Keel (Rhet/Comp), Writer and Editor, US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, KCMO

Alisa Russell (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University

Leighann Thone (Rhet/Comp), Research Analyst for the Kansas Legislative Research Department 

Rachel Linnea Brown (Literature), Assistant Professor, Marian University

Daryl Lynn Dance (Rhet/Comp), Asst Professor, Hampton University

Adam Mills (Creative Writing), Visiting Assistant Professor, Brevard College

Kate Nygren (Literature), Assistant Director for Academic Programs, KU Office of First-Year Experience

Sarah Polo (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor, Cottey College

Candice Wuehle (Creative Writing), Lecturer of English, Western Colorado University

Alyse Bensel (Creative Writing, Poetry), Asst Professor, Brevard College

Renee Harris (Literature), Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark St. College

Kate Nygren (Literature), Assistant Director for Academic Programs, KU Office of First-Year Experience

Brittney Tyler-Millholland (Rhet/Comp), Graduate Academic Advisor, COGA, KU

Shane Wood (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi

Kris Coffey (Creative Writing), Assistant Professor, Evergreen State College

Will Cunningham (Literature), grantwriter & research analyst, Defy Ventures

Hui Meng (Literature), Assistant Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies Univ.

Angela Murphy (Rhet/Comp), manager of Engagement & Global Education, People to People International

Julie Perino (Rhet/Comp), Assistant Professor, North Carolina Wesleyan

Matthew Smalley (Literature), Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State