Our alumni from all three of our tracks—literature (English MA, PhD), rhetoric and composition (English MA, PhD) and creative writing (MFA)—take many career paths when they leave our department. Some head to other graduate programs as others become tenure-track professors. Some leave academia and enter into corporate/business/NGO environments while others work in freelance positions as they continue to hone their art.

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 graduates!

Summer 2022

Sage Hagerty, MA English Literature

Portfolio: "Race, Revenge, and the Law in Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi" and "Gender and Narrative Instability in Joyce’s “Nausicaa”"
Committee: Susan Mooney (Chair), Timothy Turner

Stephanie Harper, PhD English Literature

Dissertation: Vulnerable Resistance in Victorian Women's Writing
Committee: Marty Gould (Chair), Regina Hewitt, Emily Jones, Susan Mooney, Brook Sadler

Fall 2022

Michelle Dam, MA English Literature

Portfolio: "Revisioning Menstruation in Robin McKinley's Deerskin" and "Othello #sayhisname"
Committee: John Lennon (Chair), Timothy Turner

Spring 2023

Sarah Akomoh, MA English Literature

Portfolio: "Redefining Black Authenticity and Citizenship in Frances Harper’s Minnie’s Sacrifice" and "Hunger For a Permanent Place: Identity, Voice, and Community in Black Feminism"
Committee: Gary Lemons (Chair), Kristin Allukian

Rebecca Arrowsmith, MFA Creative Writing

Thesis: The Pelvic Floor: Memoir of a Body
Committee: Julia Koets (Chair), Gurleen Grewal, Jarod Roselló

Mara Beneway, MFA Creative Writing

Committee: Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Chair), Jarod Roselló, Julia Koets

Justiss Burry, PhD English Rhetoric & Composition

Dissertation: Of Mētis and Cuttlefish: Employing Collective Mētis as a Theoretical Framework for Marginalized Communities
Committee: Lisa Melonçon (Chair), Ángel Maldonado, J. Blake Scott, Jeffrey Bennett

Jackie Carlson, MA English Literature

Portfolio: "A Brilliant Spectacle: Journalist Eliza Potter in Saratoga Springs" and "Margaret Cavendish and Björk: Transversal Studies Before and After the Apocalypse"
Committee: Kristin Allukian (Chair), Meredith Johnson

Samantha Chianese, MFA Creative Writing

Thesis: Your Diaphragm a Doghouse
Committee: Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Chair), Julia Koets, Heather Sellers

Mimi Coto, MA English Literature

Portfolio: "Placing Herself at Center: Eliza Potter’s A Hairdresser’s Experience in High Life (1859) and the Value of Self" and "Deconstructing and Redefining Black Womxnhood: Britain, Blackness and Gender Diversity in “Burgerz” and Girl, Woman, Other"
Committee: Kristin Allukian (Chair), Susan Mooney

Jessica Griffith, PhD English Rhetoric & Composition

Dissertation: A Field Wide Exploration of Design Courses in TPC
Committee: Lisa Melonçon (Chair), Liane Robertson, Joanna Schreiber, Kristen Gay

Nikki Lyssy, MFA Creative Writing

Thesis: The Chances We Take: A Novel
Committee: Jarod Rosello (Chair), Jacob Wolff, John Fleming

Karla Maddox, PhD English Rhetoric & Composition

Dissertation: Organizations Ensuring Resilience: A Case Study of Cortez, Florida
Committee: Lisa Melonçon (Chair), S. Morgan Gresham, Diane Price-Herndl, Carl Herndl

Jameson Reno, MFA Creative Writing

Thesis: Laguna Seca
Committee: Jarod Roselló (Chair), John Fleming, Jacob Wolff

Fatemah Sadeq, MA English Literature

Portfolio: "Milton as an Eastern Revolutionary" and "The Illusion of an Idealistic Britain"
Committee: Susan Mooney (Chair), Emily Jones

Jordan Schultz, MFA Creative Writing

Thesis: The Foodie Diaries
Committee: Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Chair), Julia Koets, Jarod Roselló

Katie Zepf, MA English Literature

Portfolio: "Pricked on by Pride: White Masculine Fragility in Shakespeare's Hamlet" and "Paradise Willingly Lost: The Spirit of Lilith, Who Was Also Eve, in John Milton's Paradise Lost and C.L. Moore's Fruit of Knowledge"
Committee: Emily Jones (Chair), Timothy Turner

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.

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Below you will find job placement information from our graduates in all three tracks over nine years (2013-2022) as well as spotlights on some of our recent graduates.

MFA 9-year career placement

Pie chart showing 9-year (2013-2022) career tracking of MFA graduates
Current employment, MFA graduates 2013-2022
Tenure-track / full-time permanent positions
  • Ball State University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of South Florida
  • Full Sail University
Other humanities careers
  • Career advisor, Eckerd College
  • Library assistant, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library System
  • Page designer/copy editor, The Tampa Tribune
  • Associate director of corporate and foundation relations, Vanderbilt University
  • Scriptwriter, 4:33 Creative Lab (South Korea)
  • Administrator of cognitive skills programs, American College of Surgeons
  • Associate course director, Full Sail University
  • SI coordinator, University of Central Florida
  • Senior proposal manager, WWC Global
  • E-commerce product copywriter, Helly Hanson

MA 9-year career placement

Pie chart showing 9-year (2013-2022) career tracking of MA graduates
Current employment and degree programs, MA graduates 2013-2022
Degree programs (PhD programs in English, unless otherwise noted)
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of West Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Florida
  • University of Houston
Other humanities careers
  • SEO blog strategist, Progressive Dental LLC
  • Operations specialist, Vision Government Solutions, Inc.
  • English teacher, Sunlake High School
  • Assistant librarian, University of South Florida
  • English teacher, Palm Beach Central High School
  • Legislative aide, Florida House of Representatives
  • English instructor, Sarasota High School
  • Instructional design manager, Publix Super Markets
  • English teacher, Spruce Creek High School
  • Senior software test engineer & technical writer, Jacobs Technology
  • Outreach coordinator, Fairfield University
  • Advisor, Florida Institute of Technology

PhD 9-year career placement

Pie chart showing 9-year career tracking (2013-2022) of PhD graduates

Current employment, PhD graduates 2013-2022
Assistant professor positions, tenure-track / full-time permanent
  • University of South Florida
  • Sebelas Maret University (Indonesia)
  • Warner University
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Wabash College
  • St. Petersburg College
  • Fairfield University
  • Southeastern University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • State College of Florida, Bradenton
  • Polk State College
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of California, Davis
  • Seminole State College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • University of Tampa
  • Washington State University, Vancouver
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Appalachian State University
  • LaGuardia Community College
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Old Dominion University
  • Louisiana State University, Shreveport
  • Danville Community College
Visiting instructor / FT temporary / adjunct positions
  • University of South Florida
  • Eckerd College
  • University of Tampa
  • Bryn Mawr College
Other humanities careers
  • Senior academic advisor I, University of South Florida
  • Full-time writer, DC Comics
  • Head of adult services, Palm Harbor Library
  • Associate director, Office of Prestigious Fellowships, Fordham University
  • Content product manager, EverFi Education
  • Product content specialist, Qgiv
  • Head of information & research services, Florida International University
  • Writer, Creative Pinellas
  • Freelance author
  • Faculty developer/instructional designer, Valencia College
  • Instructional consultant, University of Michigan