Department of English


MA Program

MA Preparation

Workshops for MA Students

Each year the graduate program sponsors a number of workshops designed to further the academic and professional goals of our MA students. These include sessions on:

  1. Applying to PhD programs (writing an effective statement of purpose)
  2. Planning the capstone MA Essay (choosing a topic, finding an advisor, plus researching/writing strategies)
  3. Applying to and attending conferences (writing successful paper-proposals; how a conference paper differs from a seminar paper)
  4. Adjuncting and other opportunities for those students looking to fill the months between their completion of the MA program and their entrance into a PhD program or other full-time occupation
  5. Non-academic tracks suitable for English MAs (publishing, editorial work, etc.)

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Recent MA Recipients:
Employment and Acceptance into Advanced Degree Programs

Students apply to our master’s program in English with a number of careers in mind. For some the MA is a first step in their plan to obtain a PhD; these students find their course taking and summer capstone experience (either an MA Essay or an MA Exam) valuable preparation for their future academic work and a valuable credential when they apply to PhD programs. Others plan on teaching secondary school or join our master’s program after several years teaching secondary school; the MA supplements their training and classroom experience. About a quarter of our students are preparing for careers unrelated to secondary or post-secondary education. For these students, the master’s program offers a compelling intellectual experience whose training in writing and research serves them well in a range of future professions. The following list provides a sampling of jobs held by our recent MA recipients:

Agar, Catherine (2008)
Academic Skills Counselor, Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY

Alberghini, Jennifer (2012)
Ph.D. student, Program in English, City University of New York

Appel, Alissa (2005)
Social Worker, BronxWorks, New York, NY

Baaith, Amina (2002)
Instructor in English, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

Bailey, Catherine (2011)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, Western Michigan University

Bernstorf, Heather (2006)
Teacher, Mountainview International Christian School, Brentwood, TN

Bierly, Aaryn (2010)
Graduate Student, obtaining teaching certification, Roberts Wesleyan College

PhD student, Department of English, University of Rochester

Brognano, Joseph (2008)
English and Theatre Teacher, Gow School for Dyslexia and Learning Disabiities , South Wales, NY

Brooks, Andreas (2010)
Graduate Student, Warner School of Education, University of Rochester

Campbell, Lauren (2011)
Graduate Student, University of Rochester Medical Campus

Carr, Patrick (2003)
Head of Electronic & Continuing Resource Acquisitions, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, and co-author of Managing the Transition from Print to Electronic Journals and Resources

Cipolaro, Jocelyn (2002)
English Teacher, Hun School of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

Clark-Barnes, Alicia (2009)
Writing Tutor and Adjunct Instructor at College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, and at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ

Cristofaro, Elizabeth (2004)
Teacher, Corning-Painted Post High School Learning Center in Corning, NY

Douglas, Jennifer (2004)
Ph.D., Univ. of Rochester, 2007; Program Director for Professional Development, Academic Affairs at West Virginia University

Ellis, Meredith (2005)
Graduate Student, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Academic Coordinator, Department of Clinical & Social Psychology, University of Rochester

Geller, Erica (2008)
Editor, Virtucom Group, Syracuse, NY

Gerbic, Gretchen (2007)
Reporter and Assignment Coordinator for RAALEN (Rochester African American Latino Entertainment Network), Rochester, NY

Freelance writer/editor, NYC, NY

Graham, Tokeya (2006)
English Instructor, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, and a writer at T. Cornell Writing Resource

Greene, Rebekah (2007)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, University of Rhode Island; Adjunct instructor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bryant University and Providence College

Grenert, Alison (2009)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, University of Rochester

Grimaldi, Kristin (2005)
Teacher, Starpoint High School, Tonawanda, NY

Han, Senovia (2009)
Ph.D. student, Comparative Literature, University of California – Davis

MA student, Special Education, Grand Canyon University; per-diem substitute teacher for Rochester City School District

MA Irish Writing Program, Trinity College, Dublin

Heffer, Devon (2002)
Promotions Producer, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC

Horsfall, Dawn (2007)
Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2014, Northeastern University School of Law - Boston, MA

Johnson, Jeremy (2011)
English Instructor, Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS

Johnson, Valerie (2006)
Ph.D. University of Rochester, 2012; Brittan Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

Keefe, Susan (2004)
Freelance Writer/Editor at Highland Development Services, Rochester, NY

Kendrick, Matthew (2006)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

Kern, Sara (2007)
Ph.D. student, Wayne State University

PhD student, Department of English, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lang, Amanda (2011)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, University of Rochester

Lawson, Ashley (2006)
Ph.D. student, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Liddell, Kristy (2009)
Instructor in English/Philosophy, Monroe Community College

Lieber, Sarah (2010)
English Teacher, Vanguard College Preparatory School, Waco, TX

Lubberts, Debra (2003)
English Teacher, Marion Central Schools, Marion, NY

Mayhall, Susannah (2008)
Grants Development and Administration Coordinator at Grants Office, LLC, Rochester, NY

McKinney, Yulanda (2002)
Professor in English and Philosophy, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

Megna, Paul (2007)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Moore, Stephanie (2005)
Recruiter, Aileron Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

Morgan, Joseph (2012)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Mullen, Darcy (2007)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, SUNY Albany

Murphy, Ryan (2006)
Production Coordinator, Troika Entertainment since 2007, Washington, DC

Nesius, Elizabeth (2003)
Writing Center Coordinator, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Newman, Alison (2004)
Marketing Coordinator at Janome America, New York City

O’Neill, Marcy (2005)
Team Lead, National Accounts Proposals, Optum Health Specialty Benefits, United Health Group, Minneapolis-St. Paul

O’Sullivan, Katherine (2003)
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2010; Senior Thesis Advisor,, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Parkison, David (2009)
Adjunct Instructor, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

Pastore, Timothy (2002)
Vice President of Production & Development, 3net (joint venture SONY/Discovery/IMAX Corporations)

Poch, Apryl (2007)
Ph.D. student, Special Education and Adolescent Literacy, University of Missouri

Povec, Rebecca (2008)
MA Program, International Economics and African Studies, Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies

Powers, Matthew (2006)
English Instructor, Herkimer County Community College, Herkimer, NY

Teacher, Hillel Community Day School, Brighton, NY

Richards, Jonah (2011)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, SUNY Albany (matriculates Fall 2012)

Richards, Shaun (2006)
Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Fellow in American Studies, The College of William and Mary

Rodrigo, Lasantha (2009)
Ph.D. student, Department of English, Illinois State University

Root Holihan, Tami (2006)
MA Library Science, SUNY Buffalo, 2010; Library Media Specialist at Pittsford Central School District

Schiavone, Kellie (2011)
Instructor, English Department, Elmira College, Elmira, NY

Schneider, Emily (2011)
Legal Intern at U.S. Department of Justice, and Research Assistant at Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

PhD student, Department of English, University of Rochester

Assistant Director, Public Relations, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Sorenson, Christopher (2004)
Vice President, Sorenson Lumber Inc.

Sorman, Audra (2011)
Adjunct Professor of English, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA

Sponsler, Jonathan (2003)
Assistant Professor of English, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Allentown, PA

Squire, Kristen (2009)
Graduate Student, Library Science, SUNY Buffalo

Sutherland, Deborah (2004)
Film/English Teacher, Canandaigua Academy, Canandaigua, NY

Tehan, Patricia (2008)
Lecturer, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey

Weinberg, Matthew (2004)
Operations Contractor, LexisNexis

Wolfgang, Nyla (2006)
Instructor, American Public University (online) and Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, IN

Zeller, Kurt (2007)
Director of Programming, University of Rochester, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity;
MBA student, Simon School, Marketing Research University of Rochester