CATCHING UP WITH JACKSON AYRES (PH.D. ’13), ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY–SAN ANTONIO
As we head into the middle of the Fall term, we catch up with Jackson Ayres (Ph.D. ’13) at Texas A&M University–San Antonio. Jack updates us on his recent trip to London to present at a conference on George Orwell and on Jack’s participation in the reorganization of his academic department. He also offers advice to our current graduate students on how to prepare for the job market, and he gives some enticing book and film recommendations, as well as an endorsement for an online “forum for thinkers in the humanities and social sciences to put their work toward addressing big questions.”
CATCHING UP WITH PAIGE HERMANSEN (PH.D. ’16), ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY
As we start the Fall 2019 semester, we check in with Paige Hermansen (Ph.D. ’16), an Assistant Professor of English at Westfield State University. In this interview, Paige updates us on some of her professional highlights for the past year, offers advice to English graduate students who are going on the academic job market, and recommends a must-hear podcast.
Check out our interview with alum Rachael Price (Ph.D. ’16), Assistant Professor of English and Communication at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, in Tifton, Georgia. She talks about her favorite courses (taken and taught), differences between the U of A and ABAC campuses, the literary magazine for which she is the faculty advisor, recommended reading, and more!
“GEORGIA ON MY MIND”: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALUMNI JOSH JACKSON (M.A. ’15) AND MEGAN VALLOWE (PH.D. ’17)
Check out our interview with Josh Jackson (M.A. ’15) and Megan Vallowe (Ph.D. ’17), both current Georgia residents. They discuss the benefits of taking time off after getting one’s M.A.; supplemental funding opportunities to enhance graduate student research; favorite assignments and courses; and most valuable non-teaching experiences.
Thinking about starting up your own company with your Ph.D. in English? You first might want to hear from someone who’s already done it. In our interview with Ashley Robinson (Ph.D. ’16), founder and lead storyteller of Interrobang, she explains why she decided to go for an alt-ac career as an entrepreneur, how her skills from graduate school have (indeed) come in handy, what the biggest challenges have been, and how she still manages to nurture her love of literature on the side.
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.