Staying in the State: Alum Amy Schmidt (Ph.D. ’11) Talks about Navigating a Career as an Arkansas Academic
Since graduating with her Ph.D. from the U of A in 2011, Amy Schmidt has taught at two other institutions of higher education in Arkansas. Earlier this spring, she was hired as a tenure-track professor at Williams Baptist College, yet another in-state school (in northeast Arkansas). Pursuing jobs only in Arkansas has been challenging, but, as Amy points out in this month’s blog profile, teaching at smaller schools within the borders of the state has likewise benefited her both personally and professionally.
Planning to Pursue an International Career? Alum Amy Hodges Talks about Her Experiences Working Abroad
Amy Hodges (Ph.D. ’12) currently works at the Texas A&M University at Qatar as both an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts Program and the campus’s Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator. We recently caught up with Amy to ask if she could offer feedback on a number of issues related to pursuing an international career with a graduate degree in English. Read her blog profile, which provides wonderfully detailed, helpful responses to our questions as well as several pictures from her travels around the globe!
On Monday, November 6th, five of our M.A. alumni spoke on a Graduate Students in English (GSE) professionalization panel about their careers in secondary education. In addition to serving on the panel, several speakers contributed written responses for our alumni blog, describing their biggest challenges as well as their best experiences, so far, teaching students in Arkansas junior and senior high schools.
Elizabeth Stainton Walker is a familiar figure in the Department of English due to the many ways she has helped our students and faculty over the last decade. In our interview with her for the alumni profile blog, she talks about the extra time she took to wrap up her M.A. degree; the value she sees in our M.A. program’s new portfolio option; strategies she recommends for locating competitive alt-ac job opportunities; her capacity to transfer skills from graduate school to the corporate sector; her advice to department graduate advisers for how to further support M.A. students’ exploration of alt-ac positions; and one particular Walmart service students might try out to relieve graduate-school-related stress.
Since 2015, doctoral alum Jenn Mallette has been working as an Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University. We recently visited with her about a number of topics, including the importance of Ph.D. students getting published before they graduate, the art of interviewing on the tenure-track job market, and the importance of balancing personal time with professional obligations.
About This Site
This site is dedicated to sharing information about the various jobs that our English M.A. and Ph.D. students have acquired after graduation, as well as those individuals’ unique experiences in securing such positions.
Specifically, we seek to
acknowledge the professional achievements of former students
help our current students learn more about their career options, and
inform prospective students of how marketable our graduate degrees in English can be.