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Professional Development

Professional development is a priority for us. We want our students to succeed in whatever futures they make beyond our programs—and we provide them with skills for navigating a variety of career paths and professions. 

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

Information on earlier years available upon request.

Blevins, Jennifer, PhD

Brown, Kristin, PhD

Capps, Brittany, PhD

Deinert, Greg, PhD

Etman, Colleen, PhD

Stoker, William Parker, PhD

Ach, Jada, Phd: Lecturer in Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University

Busch, Megan, PhD

Camp, Lisa, MA

Huber, Hannah, PhD:  Postdoctural Fellow and Research Associate in Digital Humanities at University of Illinois Chicago

Lee, Marti: Lecturer at Georgia Southern University

Mann, Rachel: 2019-2020 Bridge Humanities Corps Fellow at the University of South Carolina

Bedenbaugh, Derek: Instructor in Arts and Humanities, Columbia College

Gibbs, Michael: Writing Center Lead Professional Consultant at University of South Carolina Aiken

Fischer, Erica, PhD: Instructor in English at the University of South Carolina

Harley, Ben, PhD:  Assistant Professor of English, Northern State University

Hatley, Alana: Instructor in English at The University of Houston

Hendryx, Jospeh: Assistant Professor of English, Mount Mercy University

Herzog, Andreas: Visiting Assistant Professor, Claflin University

Junqueira, Jessica: Independent Writer and Researcher in Raleigh, NC

Kabani, Fayaz, PhD: Assistant Professor of English, Allen University

Lackey, Sam, PhD: Assistant Professor of English, Great Basin College

Makala, Jeffrey, PhD: Special Collections Librarian, Furman University

Meyer, Trevor: Assistant Professor of English, Northwest Missouri State University

Stubbefield, David, PhD: Associate Professor of English, Southern Wesleyan

Maricle, Jonathan: Creative and Strategic Consultant at Resonator LLC

Sircy, Elisha: Upper School English Teacher at Heathwood Hall

Weisenberg, Michael: Reference and Instruction Librarian at Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, University of South Carolina

Mosher, Spephanie Boone, PhD

Rendek, Emily: Public Information Specialist, Graduate School, University of South Carolina

Simmons, Matthew: Interim Director Center for Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina

Street, Nathaniel: Assistant Professor and Writing Center Coordinator, Mount Saint Vincent University

Boedy, Matt: Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia

Bolt, Barbara: Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Business Communications, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Clement, Dean, PhD: Assistant Professor, Cameron University

Murray, Emily: Instructor, Allen University

Stagliano, Anthony, PhD: Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Tisdale, Bethany: Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Business Communications, Moore School of Business

Wells, Justine, PhD

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

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

Smith, Christian, PhD. (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University.

Brooks, John, MA

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

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

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

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

Arant, Alison, PhD. (American Literature):  Assistant Professor of English, Wagner College.

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

Carrol, Rachael Jane, MA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camacho, Kenneth, PhD. (American Literature): English Teacher, Anne Arundel Community College (MD)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brown, Paul, PhD. (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, PhD. (Composition and Rhetoric): Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown (TX).*

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

Jenkinson, Carl, PhD. (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., PhD. (Composition and Rhetoric): Director of Editorial Projects, National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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

Scholarly Publications by Current Students and Alumni

Jada Ach (PhD 2019):

  • “Left All Alone in this World’s Wilderness: Queer Ecology, Desert Spaces, and the Unmaking of the Nation in Frank Norris’s McTeague.” Western American Literature,
  • “Under the Ditch: Channeling Water through Owen Wister’s The Virginian.” Ecozon@: European Journal Literature, Culture, and the Environment, 9., no. 1, 2018.
  • “Tracking ‘Injurious Species’: Strays, Roadkill, and Highway Ecology in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Studies in the Novel 2 (2020)
  • Editor, with Gary Reger. Reading Aridity in Western American Literature. Lexington, 2020.
  • Sand, Water, Salt: Managing the Elements in the Literature of the American West. Texas Tech University Press, 2021

Alison Arant (PhD 2012):

  • “Mary, Full of Corruption: Disease in Richard Wright’s A Father’s Law ,” Modern Fiction Studies, 59 no. 4., 2013.

Derek Bedenbaugh (PhD 2018):

  • “Novel Violations: The Hermaphrodite and the Failure of Form,” Victorian Studies, vol. 57, no. 3, 2015.

Jennifer Blevins (PhD 2020):

  • Limited by Body Habitus: An American Fat Story. Autumn House Press, 2019.
  • “ ‘I ain’t you’: Fat and the Female Body in Flannery O’Conner.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 39 no. 1, Spring 2020.
  • “‘Limited By Body Habitus’: Fat and Stigmatizing Rhetoric in Medical Records.” In Fat Studies for Health Education: Improving Health Outcomes for Fat People (. Edited by Heather Brown and Nancy Ellis-Ordway. Routledge, forthcoming 2021.

Matthew Boedy (PhD 2015):

  • “From deliberation to responsibility: Ethics, invention, and bonhoeffer in technical communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 2, 2017, pp. 116-126.
  • “The evil in technical communication: Katz, Ward, Moore, and overnaming.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, vol. 45, no. 3, 2015, pp. 213-225.
  • Review of Deep rhetoric: philosophy, reason, violence, justice, wisdom by James Crosswhite. Philosophy & Rhetoric, vol. 49, no. 2, 2016, pp. 221-226.
  • “The Sunday after the Tuesday: The 2016 presidential election in the pulpit.” Sermon Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, 2018, 1-17.

Casey Boyle (PhD 2011):

  • “The Rhetorical Question Concerning Glitch.” Computers and Composition, vol. 35, no. 1, 2015.
  • “Writing and rhetoric and/as posthuman practice.” College English, vol. 78, no. 6, 2016, pp. 532-554.
  • Editor, with Lynda Walsh. Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • “The Shape of Labor to Come.” In Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric, edited by Boyle and Walsh. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 51-73.
  • Rhetoric as a Posthuman Practice. Ohio State University Press, 2018.
  • Editor, with Jenny Rice. Inventing Place: Writing Lone Star Rhetorics. Southern Illinois University Press, 2018.

John Brooks (MA 2013):

  • “Antiessentialist Form: The Bebop Effect of Percival Everett’s Erasure.” PMLA, 135, no. 5, 2019, 1042-1055.
  • “The Heretical History of Robin Costa Lewis’s The Voyage of the Sable Venus.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 3, 2019, 239-253.
  • “Sandy’s Root, Douglass’s Metis: ‘Black Art’ and the Craft of Resistance in the Slave narrative of Frederick Douglass.” J19, 9, no. 1, 2021, pp. 185-205.

Kristin Brown (PhD 2020):

  • “Queering the Waters.” Western American Literature, vol. 55, no. 2, 2020.

Megan Busch (PhD):

  • Review of The Internationalization of US Writing Programs, Composition Studies 47, no. 2, 2019.
  • “Fostering Community in Digital Composition Spaces,” Composition Forum , 41, Spring 2019.
  • Review of Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking. Journal of the History of Rhetoric, vol. 23, no. 2, Summer 2020, pp. 221-223.

Jeremey Cagle (PhD 2010):

  • “’I am now like the gambler’: Erotic Triangles and Game Theory in William Faulkner's Pylon and If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem.” The Southern Literary Journal, vol. 43, no. 2, 2011, pp. 32-54.
  • “We Are the Present's War”: Deconstruction as Moral Response in Richard Powers's Prisoner's Dilemma”. Critique, vol. 54, no. 4, 2013, pp. 346-359.
  • “‘I hope it has a nice endin’: Rewriting Postmodern Play in Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 12 (2014), pp. 1-19.

Lisa Camp (MA 2019):

  • “’Time to Ride the Monster Train’: Multiplicity, The Midnighter, and the Threat to Superhero Masculinity.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 2017.

Brittany Capps (PhD):

  • Review of John Duffy’s Provocations of Virtue: Rhetorics, Ethics and the Teaching of Writing. Composition Forum, vol. 43, 2020.

Rachel Jane Carroll (MA 2012):

  • “’Can You Feel It?’: Beauty and Queer of Color Politics in Looking for Langston. Criticism, vol. 60, no. 4, 2018, pp. 487-509.

William Dean Clement (PhD 2015):

  • “L(E)arned Empowerment: Memorizing Shakespeare for First-Generation Students.” Early Modern Studies, vol. 14, 2019.
  • “Milton, Thomas Hobbes, and the Political Problem of Chaos,” SEL: Studies in English Literature, vol. 60, no .1, 2020.

Greg Deinert (PhD):

  • “Indigenous Silence, White Universality, and the Question of Appropriation in Mason & Dixon.” Critique, vol 62, no.1, 2020.

Colleen Etman (PhD):

  • “The Droids You Are Looking For: On Servitude and Sentience in Star Wars.” Popular Culture Studies Journal, forthcoming April 2021.

Erica Fischer (PhD 2018):

  • Review of Kameen, Re-Reading Poets: The Life of the Author. enculturation, 2015.

Todd Hagstette (PhD 2010):

  • Reading William Gilmore Simms. University of South Carolina Press, 2017.

Ben Harley (PhD 2018):

  • Review of Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics by Laurie Gries. Composition Studies, vol. 44, no. 2, 2016, pp. 219-22.
  • Review of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation, by David Novak. enculturation, vol. 23., 2016.
  • “Risk and Event-Based Pedagogies.” Hybrid Pedagogy, 2017.
  • “Sounding Intimacy.” The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, vol 2 no. 2, 2018.
  • “Community Remix in Progress: Using Sound to Navigate the Crips as a New Materialist Public.” Present Tense, 2018.

Hannah Huber (PhD 2019):

  • “Illuminating Sleeplessness in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.” Studies in American Literary Naturalism, vol. 11 no. 2, 2016.

Fayaz Kabani (PhD 2018):

  • “Hal’s Class Performance and Francis’s Service Learning: 1 Henry IV4 as Parable of Contemporary Higher Education.” In Shakespeare and the 99%. Springer, 2019.

Samuel Lackey (PhD 2018):

  • Introduction to “Carl Werner.” In Reading William Gilmore Simms, edited by Todd Hagstette. University of South Carolina, 2017.
  • “Media, Performance, and Student Engagement: How to Create Engaging Lecture Recordings for Online Literature Courses.” In Teaching Literature in the Online Classroom. MLA, 2020.

Jeffrey Makala (PhD 2018):

  • “The Early History of Stereotyping in the United States: Matthew Carey and the Quarto Bible Marketplace.” The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 2015.
  • “Spiritual Machinery: The American Bible Society and the Mechanisms of Large-Scale Printing in Early Nineteenth Century Literature.” Printing History (2019).

Stephanie Boone Mosher (PhD 2017):

  • “Ideology, Expectation, and Evaluation.” Pedagogy, vol. 20, no. 3, 2020.

Marcia Nichols (PhD 2010):

  • With Robert L. Dunbar. “Fostering empathy in undergraduate health science majors through the reconciliation of objectivity and subjectivity: an integrated approach.” Anatomical sciences education, vol. 5, no. 5, 2012, pp. 301-308.
  • “Venus dissected: The visual blazon of mid-eighteenth-century medical atlases.” In Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature, Taylor and Franic, 2013, pp. 103-124.
  • “Poe's ‘Some Words with a Mummy’ and Blackface Anatomy.” Poe Studies, vol. 48, no. 1, 2015, pp. 2-16.

Michael Odom (PhD 2014):

  • “Dennis Covington’s Salvation on Sand Mountain: Descent and Vision in the Southern Memoir.” Southern Literary Journal, 2013.
  • “Evangelical Satire and Bodily Redemption in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘A Temple of the Holy Ghost’ and ‘Parker’s Black.” Critical Insights, 2016.
  • “Religious Satire and Narrative Ambiguity in The Known World.” South Atlantic Review, 2019.

Michael Rizza (PhD 2010):

  • “The Demands of Time in Harold Frederic’s The Market-Place.” Arizona Quarterly, vol. 66, no. 4. 2010, pp. 53-70.
  • “Masculinity in Don DeLillo’s White Noise: Mapping the Self, Killing the Other.” In American Revenge Narratives. Palgrave, 2018.
  • “Degeneration and the Failure of Recognition in Harold Frederic's The Damnation of Theron Ware.” Studies in American Naturalism, vol. 14, no. 2, 2020, pp. 154-179.

Christian Smith (PhD 2014):

  • “The Imposition of Narrative.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 67, no. 1, 2015, pp. 115-120.
  • With Emma Howes. “‘You have to listen very hard’: Contemplative Reading, Lectio Divina, and Social Justice in the Classroom.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, vol. 3 no. 2, 2017
  • “Shooting the ‘Gifts’ of the Archive: A Convoluted Pedagogy.” In The Archive as Classroom, edited by Michael Harker, Katie Cormer, and Ben McCorkle. Computers and Composition Digital Press. 2019.
  • “Podcasting and Protocols: An Approach to Writing about Writing through Sound.” In Next Steps: New Directions for/in Writing About Writing, edited by Barb Bird, Doug Downs, Moriah McCracken, and Jan Rieman. Utah State University Press, 2019.

Anthony Stagliano (PhD 2015):

  • “Toward a Geopolitical Rhetoric: The Transborder Immigrant Tool and Material Tactics.” In Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life, Palgrave, 2017.
  • “Experiments in Posthumanism: On Tactical Rhetorical Encounters between Drones and Human Body Heat,” Computers and Composition, vol. 52, 2019.

William Parker Stoker (PhD):

  • “Hemingway’s Dante Revisited: In Our Time and the Mythical Method.” Literary Matters, vol. 13, no. 1, Fall 2020.

David Stubblefield (PhD 2018):

  • “We Have Never Been Rational: A Genealogy of the Affective Turn.”In Affect, Emotion, and Rhetorical Persuasion in Mass Communication, edited by Lei Zhang and Carlton Clark. Routledge, 2018.
  • “Who is Afraid of Neutrality: Performativity, Resignification, and the Jenna Six in the Composition Classroom.” In On Teacher Neutrality: Praxis, Politics, and Performativity, edited by Daniel Richards. Utah State University Press, 2019.

Kevin Trumpeter (PhD 2011):

  • “What is This Trash? Closer Reading for an Endangered World,” Journal of Ecocriticism, vol. 5, no. 1, 2013.
  • “Furnishing Modernist Fiction: The Aesthetics of Refuse for Fitzgerald, Cather, and Dos Passos.” Modernism/Modernity 20, no. 2, 2013.
  • “The Language of the Stones: Literary Naturalism and the New Materialism.” American Literature, vol 87., no. 2, 2015.

Justine Wells (PhD 2015):

  • “Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being,” Environmental Communication vol. 8, 2014.

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