Our alumni from all three of our tracks -- Literature (MA/PhD), Rhetoric and Composition (MA/PhD) and Creative Writing (MFA) -- take many career paths when they leave our department. Some head to other graduate programs, some become tenure-track professors, some take non-professorial positions in universities, and some enter into corporate environments while others work in freelance positions as they continue to hone their art.

We are extremely proud of our graduates and want to keep in touch! If you were part of our graduate program, please contact our Graduate Program Specialist to discover Alumni events and to update your contact information.

Below you will find job placement information from our graduates in all three tracks over the past five years (2013-2018) as well as spotlights on some of our recent graduates.

MFA 5-Year Career Placement

Pie chart showing 5-year (2013-2018) career tracking of 50 MFA graduates: 38% other humanities careers, 26% FT Temp, 18% unknown/looking, 8% adjuncting, 8% FT permanent, 2% other degree programs
Current Employment, MFA Graduates 2013-2018
Tenure Track / Full-Time Permanent Positions
  • Assistant Professor, Lindenwood University
  • Assistant Professor, Saint Charles University
  • English Instructor, Pennsylvania State University
  • Instructor, LePort Schools, Orange County CA
  • Graduate Instructor, East Carolina University
Other Humanities Careers
  • Strategic Communications Coordinator, University of South Florida
  • Career Advisor, Eckerd College
  • Development Coordinator, Vanderbilt University
  • Advisor, University of South Florida Office of National Scholarship
  • Research Administrator, National Center for Transit Research
  • Conference Coordinator for Writers in Paradise, Eckerd College
  • Web Coordinator, Chapman University
  • Technology and Systems Manager, University of South Florida IT
  • Assistant Director for the Creative Writing Program, University of Georgia
  • Course Director, Creative Writing MFA Program, Full Sail University

MA 5-Year Career Placement

Pie chart showing 5-year (2013-2018) career tracking of 56 MA graduates: 32% PhD programs, 28% other humanities careers, 20% unknown/looking, 11% FT permanent, 5% adjuncting, 2% part-time/freelance, 2% tenure track


Current Employment and Degree Programs, MA Graduates 2013-2018
Degree Programs (PhD programs in English, unless otherwise noted)
  • University of South Florida
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Pittsburg
  • University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (Master of Library and Information Science)



  • Texas Tech University
  • Florida State University (M.S. in International Relations)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Florida State University (Theatre)
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Binghamton University



Other Humanities Careers
  • Site Teacher, Champions After-School Program
  • Content Strategist, Red Hat
  • Marketing, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Executive Assistant, Keller Williams Realty
  • English Teacher, Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Language Arts Teacher, Dunedin High School
  • English Teacher, Sarasota High School
  • Reading Coach, Winter Haven High School



  • Community Relations and Program Manager, Florida College Access Network
  • English Teacher, Palm Beach Central High School
  • Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator, University of South Florida
  • Software Test Analyst, Jacobs Systems Lifecycle Group
  • Realtor, Keller Williams Realty



PhD 5-Year Career Placement

Pie chart showing 5-year career tracking (2013-2018) of 41 PhD graduates: 47% tenure track, 17% other humanities careers, 17% FT Temp, 7% adjuncting, 7% unknown/looking, 5% FT Permanent

Current Employment, PhD Graduates 2013-2018
Assistant Professor Positions, Tenure Track / Full Time Permanent
  • Pasco-Hernando State College
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Seminole State College
  • Appalachian State University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Southeastern University
  • South University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • LaGuardia Community College
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Washington State University
  • Sonoma State Universit
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • State College of Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa
Visiting Instructor / FT Temporary Positions
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Eckerd College
Other Humanities Careers
  • Academic Services Administrator, University of South Florida
  • Director of Writing Services and Academic Advisor, Eckerd College
  • English Teacher, St. John's Episcopal Day School
  • Proof Editor, Alcon Laboratories
  • Strategic Communications Advisor, American Red Cross
  • MA Advisor and Visiting Instructor, University of South Florida

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