Job Placement

PhD Job Placement After Graduation

You will graduate from the doctoral program a productive teacher, scholar, and writer. The PhD with creative dissertation program at the University of Cincinnati has maintained over the last decade more than a 75% placement rate into full-time academic jobs for its doctoral graduates. Two-thirds of these positions are tenure-track. Institutions hiring our graduates have included such liberal arts colleges as Rhodes College, Centre College, and Hamilton College, as well as such state universities as Princeton University, Clemson University, University of Tampa, University of Illinois, and University of Central Florida. Our graduates have also found full-time employment as editors.

The Department’s Job Market Committee mentors students as they pursue academic positions. Faculty members from Creative Writing, Literary and Cultural Studies, and Rhetoric and Composition workshop students’ application materials, and arrange for practice MLA interviews and job talks. 

Recent Placements

Doctoral students in the Department of English have recently accepted the following academic positions:

David Schwartz ('24), Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida 

Marianne Chan ('23), Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University MFA Program  

Lily Meyer ('23)
, Translator-in-Residence, Princeton University 

Natalie Villacorta ('23), Assistant Professor, Agnes Scott College

Cara Dees ('22), Assistant Professor, Belmont University 

Afsheen Farhadi ('22)
, Hughes Fellow in Creative Writing, Southern Methodist University

Yalie Saweda Kamara ('22), Assistant Professor, Xavier University; Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate

Claire Kortyna ('22), Assistant Professor, Arkansas Tech University

Maggie Su ('22), Associate Prose Editor, Georgia Review

Madeleine Wattenberg ('22), Assistant Professor, Lakeland University  

Kimberly Grey ('21), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

Sakinah Hofler ('21), Lecturer, Princeton University

Jess Jelsma Masterton ('20), Assistant Professor and Director of the SU Press, Susquehanna University

Emily Skaja ('19), Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

Corey Van Landingham ('19), Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Molly Reid ('19), Emerging Writer Lecturer, Gettsyburg College

Daniel Paul ('19), Visiting Assistant Professor, Rollins College

Julialicia Case ('19), Instructor, University of Wisconsin Green Bay

Ryan Ruff Smith ('19), Tickner Writing Fellow, Gilman School

Gwen Kirby ('18), Associate Director of Programs and Finance, Sewanee Writers' Conference

Jennifer Fawkes ('18), Assistant Professor, West Liberty University

Bess Winter ('17), Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University

Rochelle Hurt ('17), Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

Brenda Peynado ('17), Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Woody Skinner ('17), Instructor, Eastern Illinois University

José Angel Araguz ('17), Assistant Professor, Suffolk University

Samantha Edmonds ('17), Assistant Professor, Berry Collge 

Sarah Anne Strickley ('16), Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

Julia Koets ('16), Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Leah McCormack ('15), Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota

Brian Brodeur ('15), Assistant Professor, Indiana University East

Anne Valente ('15), Assistant Professor, Hamilton College

Heather Hamilton ('15), Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State Harrisburg

Brian Trapp ('15), Kidd Program Director, University of Oregon

Christian Moody ('14), Assistant Professor, Franklin College

Michelle Y. Burke ('14), Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Lisa Ampleman ('13), Managing Editor, The Cincinnati Review

Josh Bell ('13), Senior Lecturer, Harvard University

Andrew Grace ('13), Assistant Professor, Kenyon College

Tessa Mellas ('13), Assistant Professor, University of Maine Machias

Ruth Williams ('13), Associate Professor, William Jewell College

Eric Bliman ('13), Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State Harrisburg