Job Placement and Alumni

An essential part of our program is supporting students until they have found jobs where they can put their skills in research, teaching, and analysis to work. Since 2005, roughly half of Emory Ph.D. graduates have secured tenure-track academic positions at the institutions listed below. Of those who conduct national job searches, the figure is a bit higher. Many of our students also find rewarding careers in administrative, archival, or writing center positions at four-year colleges and universities. We are equally pleased to see the ingenuity of our students finding work in the business, nonprofit, and art worlds. One recent alum is a successful novelist; one is a researcher for the Council of Graduate Schools; one teaches at a private high school; and one works for a marketing firm. 

Each year, the department appoints one or two faculty members to serve as job placement officers; we have also begun a program of "alt-ac" career advising for those who wish to find university positions outside of conventional disciplinary appointments (in archives, administration, advising, etc). These faculty members guide students seeking academic positions through the search process by holding workshops, reviewing materials, and staging mock interviews.

The lists below reflect positions secured by our recent graduates. Years listed are years of degree, not necessarily years of appointment. The appointments listed are the most recent positions unless otherwise noted.

  • Macalester College, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Tenure Track
  • University of Hartford, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Dominican University, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Tenure Track
  • Duke University, Post Doctoral Fellowship, Thompson Writing Center 
  • Emory University, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Skidmore College (tenure-track)
  • Union College (Director of Writing Programs)
  • Emory University (Visiting Assistant Professor); moved to Pheonix Country Day School, Teacher
  • Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan, Associate Professor (tenure-track)
  • Indiana University (post-doctoral fellowship); moved to University of Michigan, Assistant Professor, Women's Studies, Tenure Track
  • Morehouse College, Assistant Professor, Composition and Literature, Morehouse College, Tenure Track
  • Dillard University (lecturer)
  • University of West Indies (tenure-track), moved to Northwestern University, Lecturer/Advisor, Department of Theatre
  • University of Oregon (faculty fellow)
  • College of St. Rose (tenure-track; declined)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Brittain post-doctoral fellowship)
  • Council of Graduate Schools, Washington DC (Assistant Director of Advancement and Best Practices)
  • Emory University (Assistant Director of Emory College Academic Advising)
  • Emory University (Assistant Director, ESL Program)
  • Salem State University (tenure-track)
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham (tenure-track)
  • University of of Iowa (Special Collections & University Archives Librarian)
  • University of Louisville (Visiting Assistant Professor)
  • Doane College (tenure-track)
  • The Lovett School, Atlanta (high school teacher)
  • Stonehill College Library, Massachusetts (Head of Collections, Assessment, and User Engagement)
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (tenure-track)
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham (tenure-track)
  • Emory University (Associate Dir for ESL for Writing and Communications)
  • Marist School, Atlanta (high school teacher)
  • University of Central Arkansas (tenure-track)
  • Spelman College (tenure track)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Research archivist)
  • Kennesaw State (Honors College Scholarship and Fellowship Advisor)
  • Alabama State University (tenure-track)
  • Gordon College (tenure-track)
  • Harvard University (Lecturer; Associate Director of History and Literature program)
  • Plymouth University, U.K. (Lecturer)
  • University of Minnesota at Duluth (tenure-track)
  • Marist School, Atlanta (high school teacher)
  • Thomson Reuters (investment management)
  • Young Harris College (tenure-track); moved to Averett University (tenure-track)
  • Women for Women International (Senior Writer/New Business Development Officer)
  • Bryn Mawr College (Writing Center Director)
  • The Citadel (tenure-track)
  • Brown University (Digital Humanities Librarian)
  • Emory University (Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Development)
  • Oglethorpe University (adjunct instructor)
  • Roosevelt University (lecturer)
  • San Francisco State University (tenure-track)
  • University of South Carolina, Beaufort (tenure-track); moved to Georgia Perimeter College (tenure-track)
  • Georgia Gwinnett College (non-tenure-track assistant professor)
  • Auburn University (tenure-track)
  • Cabrillo College (lecturer)
  • Drexel University (tenure-track)
  • Princeton University (Senior Assoc. Director, Leadership Gifts)
  • Salisbury University (tenure-track)
  • Wake Forest University (tenure-track)
  • Willamette University (tenure-track)
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University (tenure-track)
  • Lander University (tenure-track)
  • Philips Academy, Andover, MA (associate director, Institute for Recruitment of Teachers)
  • University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse (tenure-track)
  • Emory University (software engineer)