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Graduate Job Placements

The director of graduate placement and the department's Placement Committee assist students with the academic job search as well as job options outside of the academy.

UMD English’s graduate program maintains a departmental website with complete information about the job search process, including the basic protocols and timelines, advice for academic and non-academic job searches and other relevant materials. Enrolled graduate students should contact the director to be given access to this site.


Preparation for the academic job search begins in the spring semester, when the director convenes a meeting for Ph.D. candidates who intend to conduct an academic job search in the following school year. Providing practical and moral support through the long process of searching for an academic job, the director meets individually with all job candidates and, with the Placement Committee, reviews all materials that candidates prepare for the search (including letters of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstracts and statements of teaching philosophy). The Placement Committee also conducts mock interviews and arranges for mock job talks for job seekers. 

The national visibility of our graduate program, the excellence of our students and our commitment to graduate-student mentoring have contributed to our excellent job placement record. Our students take jobs at public and private research universities, regional comprehensive state universities, liberal arts colleges and community colleges. Some have received prestigious postdoctoral appointments such as those funded by the American Council of Learned Societies.

The director also works closely with the ARHU Career Development Center in helping students to explore employment opportunities in the public and private sectors. Several of our Ph.D. students have gone on to careers in the alternative academic sector at non-profit organizations, cultural heritage foundations, advocacy centers and federal agencies (such as the National Endowment for the Humanities), a process facilitated by the University of Maryland’s ties to the institutional culture of Washington, D.C.

Job Placement Contact

GerShun Avilez

Professor, English
Director of Graduate Studies , English

Tawes Hall 2116b
College Park MD, 20742


Recent MA Placements

Graduation Year
Program or Job Placement
2017 Lt. Daniel Stepler English Instructor, United States Coast Guard Academy
2017 Brooke Feichtl Strategic Communications Officer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
2017 Trent McDonald English PhD student, Washington University, St. Louis
2017 Tyler Talbott English PhD student, Northwestern University
2017 Shaun Russell English PhD student, Ohio State
2017 Emily Smith English PhD student, Pennsylvania State University
2017 Jessica Harrington Program Coordinator for Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for
Students (ACES) at the University of Maryland
2017 Will Thompson English PhD student, University of Chicago
2018 Christopher Suarez English PhD student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2018 LCDR Phil Garrow Junior Permanent Military Professor at the United States Naval Academy
2018 Lissette Escariz English PhD student, University of Pittsburgh
2018 Lt. Mary Senoyuit Instructor at the United States Naval Academy
2018 Joanna Falk English PhD student, George Washington University
2019 Rakia Khalid NYC Teaching Fellows program, an alternative teaching
preparation program that places fellows in highest-need high schools in the greater NY area
2019 D'Arcee Neal English PhD student, Rhetoric and Composition with a concentration in
Disability Studies at The Ohio State University
2019 Sarah Spech LAK Public Relations in New York City
2019 Allison Gibeily English PhD program at Northwestern University for 18th century studies and medical humanities
2019 Daniel Quimby Teaching position with English Program in Korea (EPIK)
2020 Mal Haselberger Art History PhD program at University of Maryland
2020 Jack Pugh English PhD program at Colorado University, Boulder
2020 Sade Tyndall Teaching position in the Upper School Humanities Department at Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, MD
2020 Brandy Williams English PhD program at the University of Chicago to specialize in Early Modern Studies and Critical Race Studies

Recent PhD Placements

2019-2020 Name Program or Job Placement
Norrell Edwards
Assistant Director of Education at the Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative
Jeffrey Griswold Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship at George Mason University
DeLisa Hawkes Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas-El Paso
Nathan Tillman Promotion-track position at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
2018-2019 Name Program or Job Placement
Sarah Bonnie Humud
Associate Director of Honors Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park
Kara Fontenot
Full-time Lecturer at the University of
Emily Perez
Awarded wo-year postdoctoral fellowship at the
University of Maryland—Baltimore County.
Nataliya Pratsovyta
Full-time position in the Philology
department at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.
Nathaniel Underland
Director of Operations for the Brain
and Behavior Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park.
2017-2018 Name Program or Job Placement
Oliver Brearey Senior Analytical Writer/Editor, Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College
Nathan Kelber Tenure track Assistant Librarian, Digital Scholarship Specialist UNC-Chapel Hill
Ruth Osorio Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University
Jonathan Williams Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey)
Emily Yoon Lecturer, Loyola University Maryland
2016-2017 Name Program or Job Placement
Elizabeth DePriest English Faculty, Arundel High School
Thomas Geary Tenure-Track Associate Professor, Tidewater Community College
Jamison Kantor Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, Mansfield
Nathan Kelber Manager of Digital Projects, Detroit Historical Society
Jeremy Metz Upper School English Faculty, The Potomac School
Elizabeth Ellis Miller Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
Katie Stanutz Assistant Director of the University Honors Program, University of Maryland
Maggie Ray English Faculty, Prince George's County Resident Teacher's Program
Rob Wakeman Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Mount Saint Mary College; 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of South Florida
2015-2016 Name Program or Job Placement
Chris Brown Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University; ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Princeton University, 2014-16
Christin Taylor Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University
Rob Wakeman Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of South Florida
2014-2015 Name Program or Job Placement
Faculty, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria VA
Gillian Knoll Assistant professor, Western Kentucky University
Heather Lindenman Assistant professor, Elon University
Lisa Rhody Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate Center; Research Assistant Professor at the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 2012-15
Amanda Visconti Assistant Professor, Purdue University Library
Kelly Wisecup Assistant professor, Northwestern University; Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 2009-15