Title page of first edition of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Job Placement

The Department of English assumes responsibility for assisting its graduates in finding suitable academic employment. One member of the faculty serves each year as Director of Graduate Placement to advise all students seeking employment, including reviewing all sample letters and CVs and setting up mock interviews. The University’s Placement Service assembles dossiers of letters for a nominal fee. The Department of English normally provides some travel support to the MLA convention for students who are interviewing. Since the Graduate Program in English at Boston University is relatively small in size, close personal attention can be given to each job applicant.

In the last ten years, Boston University has awarded 49 doctorates in English. Of these PHD alumni, 22 currently hold tenure-track jobs (45%), including positions at a range of institutions from Research I universities like Dartmouth, the University of Virginia, and the University of South Florida, to liberal arts colleges like the College of Wooster, Stonehill College, and Calvin College. An additional 8 alumni (16%) hold post-doctoral fellowships, visiting professorships, lectureships, or other academic positions. Others have gone on to exciting careers beyond academia, including positions in secondary-school teaching, government, and the private sector.

Among the department’s placements since 2000 are the following:

Mary Kuhn

2016 Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences

Lia Calhoun

2016 Assistant Professor, University of Alaska-Kenai Peninsula Campus

Emily Griffiths-Jones

2016 Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Reed Gochberg

2016 Post-Doctoral Fellow at Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College

Devin Byker

2016 Lecturer of Humanities, College of General Studies, Boston University

Karen Guendel

2016 Lecturer of Writing, College of General Studies, Boston University

Melissa Schoenberger

2015 Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross

Holly Schaaf

2014 Lecturer, Writing Program, Boston University

Sheila Cordner

2013 Lecturer of Humanities, College of General Studies, Boston University

Nathaniel Rothschild

2013 Assistant Professor, St. Thomas Aquinas College

John Levi Barnard

2013 Assistant Professor, College of Wooster

Arielle Zibrak

2013 Assistant Professor of English, University of Wyoming

Emily Donaldson Field

2012 Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University

Daniel Salerno

2012 Assistant Professor, Bergen Community College

Scott Cameron

2011 Assistant Professor, BYU-Idaho

Theodora Goss

2011 Senior Lecturer, Writing Program, Boston University (theodoragoss.com)

Leslie Simon

2011 Assistant Professor and Director of Humanities, Utah Valley University

Kristin Smith Bezio

2011 Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Matthew Borushko

2009 Associate Professor, Stonehill College

Jennifer Airey

2008 Associate Professor, University of Tulsa.

Lisa Hinrichsen

2008 Associate Professor, University of Arkansas.

Sara Pearson

2008 Associate Professor, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada.

Jason Pearl

2008 Associate Professor, Florida International University.

Keith Johnson

2008 Associate Professor, Augusta State University

Elisa Oh

2008 Associate Professor, Howard University.

Jane Zwart

2008 Associate Professor, Calvin College

Joseph Navitsky

2007 Assistant Professor, West Chester University

Alex Bove

2007 Assistant Professor, Pacific University

Emily Rohrbach

2007 Lecturer in British Literature 1750-1820, The University of Manchester

Melanie Benson Taylor

2005 Associate Professor, Dartmouth College.

Randy Boyagoda

2005 Principal and Vice-President, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto; Professor of English, U Toronto

Reena Sastri

2005 Early Career Fellow in American Literature, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University

Sharifah Osman

2005 Head of Department of English, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Amy Weintraub Kratka

2005 Assistant Director, Jewish Studies Program, City College of New York.

Kirk Melnikoff

2003 Associate Professor of English, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Jennifer Ho

2003 Professor of English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Peter Anderson

2002 Associate Professor of English, Austin College.

Sohui Lee

2002 Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University.

Ann Keniston

2001 Associate Professor of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

Peter Lurie

2001 Associate Professor of English, University of Richmond.

Jonathan Mulrooney

2001 Chair of Department, Associate Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross.

Kaara Peterson

2001 Associate Professor of English, Miami (Ohio) University.

Lisa Rodensky

2000 Professor of English, Wellesley College.

Jeanne Follansbee

2000 Dean of Yale Summer Sessions and Associate Dean of Yale College