Department of English


PhD Program

Preparing Students for the Job Market

Our PhD students enter the academic job market with excellent credentials as both scholars and teachers.

Students receive careful mentoring throughout the job search. In addition to the advising provided by students’ dissertation committees, two faculty members each year serve as job placement officers. Beginning several months prior to the fall application deadlines, the placement officers lead a series of intensive workshops, with at least two sessions dedicated to each separate element of the application package, including the cover letter, dissertation abstract, cv, teaching statement, and/or teaching portfolio. Students also practice interviewing and presentation skills.


Over the past fifteen years, UR PhDs in English have entered tenure-track positions at

Auburn University (Montgomery)
Brock University
Buffalo State College
California  State University (San Bernadino)
The Citadel
Clark University
University of Connecticutt (Avery Point)
Connectict Central State University
Duke University
East Carolina University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia College and State University
Franklin and Marshall College
John Abbott College
Kennesaw State University
University of Maryland
University of Maryland (University College Europe)
Marywood University
Potomac State College (a division of West Virginia University)
University of Minnesota (Duluth)
University of Northern Colorado
Oklahoma State University
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
Penn State (Berks Campus)
Portland State University
Randolph College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Winona State University
University of Washington
University of West Georgia
University of Western Ontario
Worcester State University 
Texas Tech University
Merrimack College
Lyndon State College Vermont

Other graduates have been awarded postdoctoral fellowships at

Georgia Institute of Technology (x 3)
Stanford University
Tulane University
University of Rochester

In addition, our PhDs have entered non-tenure-track positions at

Columbia College Chicago
Emory University
Northeastern University
Notre Dame de Namur University
Oklahoma State University
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
Stonehill College

Several recent alumni have launched successful careers at university and college writing centers, such as those at

University of California Merced (x3)
University of Massachusetts
Stanford University

A number of our graduates have entered the field of university administration, at institutions such as

Cornell University
Empire State College
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
West Virginia University

UR PhDs in English may pursue non-academic careers as well, and currently hold positions such as

Associate Managing Editor of Book Publications at the Modern Language Association
Medical Publication Head at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
English Teacher, Porter-Gaud Preparatory Day School (Charleston, SC)