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Department of English Language and Literature


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Professional Development

We want our students to succeed after their time in our department is over. Professional development is a priority for us.

Project Publish

In spring 2015, the graduate program launched Project Publish!, modeled on successful efforts by graduate programs at other institutions. Project Publish is a non-credit, optional, annual program designed to get doctoral students to submit an article for publication. It is run by the DGS with support from other faculty. Doctoral students in their second-through fifth year are strongly encouraged to attend. The program consists of three formal workshops, a week apart, during the late spring; the emphasis then shifts toward more informal meetings, reading groups, and director involvement, the goal being for students to submit an article to a target journal before classes start in January.

 

Additional Opportunities

Additional efforts to assist students with professional development include liaising with the Career Center graduate student Career Development Coach, encouraging active participation in the university’s Preparing Future Faculty program, purchasing books on professionalization for entering Ph.D. students, and holding annual panels on both the culture of graduate studies and job placement.

The Graduate School also offers numerous resources and programs to aid graduate students with professional development.

During your time at the university, you may also have the opportunity to work on student publications and join student organizations.

 

Recent Graduate Student Placement

Our graduates have landed a variety of tenure-track faculty positions nationwide as well as jobs in marketing and writing.

If you are one of our graduates and do not find your name and information on this list, would like to update your entry on this list, or can provide us information about the current status of those on or missing from the list, please contact the English department graduate director at GLAVEYB@mailbox.sc.edu.

* indicates tenure-track or tenured faculty position

 

2015

Boedy, Matt, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric), Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia.*

Bolt, Barbara, Ph.D. (British Literature), Lecturer, Center for Business Communication, Darla Moore School of Business, USC.

Stagliano, Anthony, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric), Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University.*

Tisdale, Bethany, Ph.D. (American Literature), Curriculum Developer and Writer, Center for Child and Family Studies, College of Social Work, USC.

2014

Jones, Shelley Johnson, Ph.D. (British Literature): Assistant Professor of English, University of South Carolina – Extended University.*

Odom, Michael, Ph.D. (American Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.*

Smith, Christian, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University.*

2013

Crawford, Emily. Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Marketing Coordinator for Soda City (SC), and Online Advocacy Coordinator at TellThem! (SC)

England-Plisiewicz, Catherine, Ph.D. (British Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Francis Marion University.

Stoneberg-Cooper, Chayah, Ph.D. (American Literature):  Assistant Professor of English Literature and Writing Center Director, Allen University.*

Wright, David, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Instructor, American Literature and Writing, Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, SC

2012

Arant, Alison, Ph.D. (American Literature):  Assistant Professor of English, Wagner College.*

Boyle, Jamie, Ph.D. (American Literature): Adjunct Assistant Professor, Virginia Wesleyan College and University of Maryland University College.  Assistant Editor, Military Employment Service Journal CASY-MSCCN.

 Joczik, Virginia, Ph.D. (British Literature): Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center, Burlington College (VT).*

Jones, Dawson, Ph.D. (American Literature): Assistant Professor of English, University of South Carolina—Extended University.*

Stowe, Graham, Ph.D. (American Literature): Associate Director of the Writing Center, University of South Carolina.

2011

Boyle, Casey, Ph.D (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin.*

Conway, John, Ph.D. (American Literature), Full-time faculty, Art Institute of Pittsburgh (PA).

Crofton, Melissa Ann, Ph.D. (British Literature), Assistant Professor, Melbourne Florida Inst. of Technology.*

Higgins, John, Ph.D. (British Literature) Teaching part time at Notre Dame and Western Michigan University

Jellenik, Glenn, Ph.D. (British Literature): Adjunct Instructor of English and Film, University of South Carolina and Adjunct Instructor of English, The Citadel (SC).

Sircy, Jonathan, Ph.D. (British Literature), Assistant Professor of English, Charleston Southern University (SC).*

Spratt, Stephen, Ph.D. (American Literature), Adjunct Instructor in English, University of South Carolina.

Trumpeter, Kevin, Ph.D. (American Literature): Assistant Professor of English and Interim Chair of Humanities, Allen University (SC).

Wetzel, Grace, Ph.D. (Composition and Literature, and American Literature):  Assistant Professor of English, St. Joseph’s University (PA).*

2010

Bray, Jessie Nichole, Ph.D. (American Literature), Technical Writer, HSBC Holdings.

Cagle, Jeremey, Ph.D. (American Literature): Assistant Professor, La Guardia Community College/CUNY.*

Camacho, Kenneth, Ph.D. (American Literature) English Teacher, Anne Arundel Community College (MD)

Hagstette, Todd, Ph.D. (American Literature): Advanced Assistant Professor, USC-Aiken.*

Henderson, Brian, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor of English, University of Southern Illinois—Edwardsville (IL).*

Martinsen, Jennifer, Ph.D. (British Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Newberry College (SC).*

Nichols, Marcia D., Ph.D. (American Literature): Assistant Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Rochester.*

Pearson, Melissa Berry, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center, Claflin University (SC).*

Rizza, Michael, Ph.D. (American Literature): Adjunct at Kean University (NJ); Novelist.

Terry, Virginia Britt, Ph.D. (British Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Charleston Southern University.*

2009

Adair, Jennifer, Ph.D. (British Literature): Adjunct Instructor, The Citadel (SC).

Bealer, Tracy, Ph.D. (American Literature), Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College.*

Brantner, Mark, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Lecturer, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, 2011-present; Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY-Binghamton, 2009-2011.

Brown, Paul, Ph.D. (British Literature): Full-time Instructor, University of South Carolina.

Cook, Paul, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor of English, Cottey College (MO).*

Ellwanger, Adam, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown (TX).*

Elmore, Jonathan, Ph.D. (British Literature): Instructor and Director of the Writing Center, Beaufort Community College (NC).

Jenkinson, Carl, Ph.D. (American Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Franklin College (IN);* Assistant Professor of English, Gordon College (MA), 2010-12;* Assistant Professor of English, Mount Ida College (MA), 2009-2010.*

Skipper, Tracy L., Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Director of Editorial Projects, National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

2008

Hornbuckle, Calley, Ph.D. (British Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Academic Skills Center, Columbia College (SC).*

Kilgore, Robert, Ph.D. (British Literature): Chair, English Department. USC Beaufort (SC).*

Pottier, Celeste, Ph.D. (British Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Charleston Southern University (SC).*

Sedberry, Jonathan, Ph.D. (American Literature): Assistant Professor of English, Spartanburg Methodist College (SC).*

Spearen, Charlene Monahan, Ph.D. (Composition and Rhetoric): Full-Time Faculty, Allen University (SC).