Graduate Placement


The PhD in English at FSU prepares graduates for a range of careers, in and beyond the academy, in an evolving professional landscape. Our graduates have gone on to careers in a variety of academic, administrative, writing, editing, and media fields throughout the U.S. FSU English PhDs hold tenure-track positions at University of Arizona, Colgate University, DePaul University, Loyola University New Orleans, and many other institutions. They teach at four-year research universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, community colleges, and college preparatory schools. They direct writing centers, edit literary magazines, and bring their expertise in the written word to careers in publicity, grant management, and instructional software development, among others.

Despite the challenging academic job market of the last several years, our program has a solid placement record. Look at our recent overall placement history here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012. A snapshot of placement outcomes by program (Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric/Composition) is available here. Prospective applicants to graduate school should inform themselves of trends affecting the academic job market in the humanities, particularly the availability of tenure-track positions. Here’s an overview from the Modern Language Association’s 2016-17 report:

Our graduate students and recent PhDs benefit from several kinds of professional support. First and most importantly, the English Department’s Graduate Placement Committee offers information sessions on navigating the job market, workshops application materials, organizes mock interviews, and provides feedback on practice job presentations.

FSU’s Career Center also offers support specifically for graduate students seeking academic or non-academic positions:

Several professionalization and networking resources are available through FSU’s Graduate School:

Recommended resources for the non-academic job search:





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  • [‘TT’ indicates ‘tenure-track’]
  • Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Center Director, Pfeiffer University
  • Assistant Professor, English, Susquehanna University (TT)
  • Independent Scholar, San Francisco
  • Assistant Professor, Director First-Year Writing, DePaul University (TT)
  • Program and Grants Officer, Humanities, U of Iowa
  • Creative Writing Faculty, Ringling College of Art & Design (TT)
  • Kenyon Review Fellow (Kenyon College)
  • Staff Writer, Tallahassee Magazine
  • Visiting Professor, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Instructor, Santa Fe Community College
  • Staff Writer, Literary Hub
  • Upper School English Teacher, Westchester County Day School
  • Union Rep, Service Employees International Union 509, Boston chapter
  • Instructor at William Peace University, Raleigh, NC
  • Administrative Assistant, Agency for Heathcare Administration
  • Writing Studio Coordinator, Keiser University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Associate Publicist, Princeton University Press
  • Visiting Instructor, English, Florida State University

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  • [‘TT’ indicates ‘tenure-track’]
  • Assistant Professor, English, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (TT)
  • Post-Doc, FSU English Department
  • Assistant Professor, English, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, Malone University, Canton, OH (TT)
  • Instructor, Creative Writing, Malone University, Canton, OH
  • Assistant Professor, English, Loyola University New Orleans (TT)
  • Co-Editor, Cupboard Pamphlet (small press)
  • FSU Creative Writing Managing Director
  • Instructor, University of North Florida
  • Assistant Professor, English, Colgate University (TT)
  • Associate Professor, English, US Air Force Academy (TT)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, English, U of Southern Mississippi
  • Assistant Professor, English and Writing, U of Tampa (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, Written Communication, Eastern Michigan University (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, English, Writing Center Director, Texas A&M U Central Texas (TT)
  • Associate Professor, English, Tallahassee Community College (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, English, College of Charleston (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, University of North Georgia (TT)

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  • [‘TT’ indicates ‘tenure-track’]
  • Instructor, Department of English, Texas A & M, San Antonio
  • Assistant Prof, Queensborough Comm College (TT)
  • Post-Doc Teaching Fellow, Auburn University
  • Assistant Professor, English, Hartwick College (TT)
  • Visiting Lecturer, FSU
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College
  • Assistant Professor, English, Arkansas Tech U (TT)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech U
  • Instructor, Arizona State U
  • Instructor, University of Central Florida
  • Assistant Lecturer, College of Business, FSU
  • Assistant Professor, Delta State U (TT)
  • Publications Coordinator, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Assistant Professor, Writing Program Director, College of Staten Island (TT)
  • Fulbright Lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, Appalachian State University (TT)

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  • [‘TT’ indicates ‘tenure-track’]
  • Assistant Professor, American Lit and Culture, California State U Northridge (TT)
  • Student Development Specialist, Kinesiology, Health & Nutrition, U of Texas-San Antonio
  • Full-time faculty, Literature, Columbia Southern University (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, English, U of Texas-San Antonio (TT)
  • Visiting Instructor, English, Florida State University
  • Interim Writing Program Administrator, Arkansas State University-Queretaro
  • Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, U of Arizona (TT)
  • Instructor, English, U of Mississippi
  • Lecturer, English, California State U-Northridge
  • Lecturer, University of North Georgia
  • Assistant Professor, Humanities, U of Kansas (TT)
  • Audience Development Specialist, Public Radio International
  • Assistant Professor, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida (TT)
  • Teacher, East Bay Senior High School
  • Owner, Red Oak Real Estate LLC
  • Assistant Professor, Anna Maria College (TT)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Medgar Evers College (CUNY)
  • Instructor of Writing, New College of Florida
  • Assistant Professor, Loyola University-Baltimore (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, English, Writing Center Director, Texas A&M San Antonio (TT)
  • Assistant Professor (TT), Composition Program Director, University of Arkansas Monticello (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, English, Ball State University (TT)
  • Assistant in English, Director of Reading-Writing Center & Digital Studio, Florida State University
  • Instructor, UC Santa Barbara
  • Senior Instructional Designer/Editor, SOE Software
  • Assistant Professor, English, Writing Center Director, University of Maine (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, English, Writing Program Administrator, University of Hawaii West Oahu (TT)

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  • [‘TT’ indicates ‘tenure-track’]
  • Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University (TT)
  • Digital Production Editor, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Lecturer, University of North Texas
  • Grant Programs Manager, Council on Culture and the Arts (COCA), Southern Shakespeare Association
  • Assistant Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University (TT)
  • Professor of English, Florida SouthWestern State College (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept of Focused Inquiry, Virginia Commonwealth University (TT)
  • Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, Florida State University College of Medicine (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, Montgomery College (TT)
  • Marketing/Proposal Coordinator, Nelson Nygaard Consulting
  • Grant Analyst, Washington University-St. Louis
  • Assistant Professor, Texas Tech U (TT)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Southern Mississippi U

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  • [‘TT’ indicates ‘tenure-track’]
  • Professor of English, U of the Bahamas (TT)
  • Writer, Editor, Coder, Web Developer (freelance)
  • Assistant Professor of 19th-C Brit Lit, U of N Alabama (TT)
  • Learning Support Coordinator and Academic Advisor, U of N Alabama
  • Lecturer, Stony Brook U
  • Instructor, Keiser University (TT)
  • Instructor, U of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Information International Associate
  • Assistant Professor, Colorado College of Mines (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, Centre College, Danville, KY (TT)
  • Assistant Professor, Arizona Western U (TT)
  • Lecturer, American University
  • Assistant Professor, Alabama State U (TT)
  • Editor, Emrys Journal
  • Instructor, Tougaloo College
  • Assistant Professor, English, University of Massachusetts Boston (TT)


A snapshot of our Literature Program placement record, 2012-2017:
  • total: 44
  • 15 placed in tenure-track jobs
  • 11 placed in non-tenure track teaching jobs
  • 11 placed in non-teaching-centered jobs
  • 5 pursuing further education or training
  • 2 current occupation unknown
A snapshot of our Creative Writing PhD placement record, 2012-2017:
  • total: 47
  • 17 placed in tenure-track jobs
  • 20 placed in non-tenure track teaching jobs
  • 8 writing/editing jobs
  • 2 post-docs
A snapshot of our Rhetoric/Composition PhD program, 2012-2017:
  • total: 22
  • placed in tenure-track jobs 16
  • placed in non-tenure track teaching jobs 2
  • placed in non-teaching-centered jobs 4

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