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Job Placement

Supporting Our Students on the Job Market

Even in the very difficult academic job market of the last decade, LSU PhDs have been competing for—and getting—tenure-track positions at an array of educational institutions, from large public universities (University of Arkansas, Oklahoma State University, University of Illinois-Springfield) to small liberal-arts schools (Hastings College, Oklahoma City University, Medaille College) to a wide range of regional universities (Louisiana Tech University, Alcorn State University, University of Mobile, Middle Georgia State University). In addition, our students regularly are awarded post-doctoral fellowships by institutions including Georgia Tech and Tulane—awards that typically serve as stepping-stones to full-time academic positions.  

A vigorous, supportive, and personalized placement program assists our students in obtaining academic positions that are right for them. Students who wish to pursue jobs in academia typically go on the market in the Fall of their fifth year. They work with the department’s Placement Officer, from whom they receive advice on the application process and on the preparation of job materials. Workshops for job candidates take place throughout the Fall semester, as students work together on writing their application letters, research and teaching statements, and other vital documents.  After earning a job interview, students are able to participate in practice-interviews run by individual faculty members, and those who get a call-back to campus have the opportunity to present a job-talk rehearsal in the supportive environment of  our department.

Many other of our graduates pursue and obtain non-academic jobs, for which their PhD or MFA prepared them either directly or indirectly. Our graduates teach in private high schools, direct arts institutions, staff non-profits, and work as librarians, writers, editors, among other positions.

 Recent Job Placements

Year Graduate Appointment Previous
2019 Benjamin Bergholtz Assistant Professor, Louisiana Tech Univ Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech
  Amandine Faucheux VAP, Univ of Louisiana, Lafayette  
  Megan Feifer Assistant Professor, Medaille College  
  Lindsay Katzir Assistant Professor, Langston Univ Instructor, Oklahoma City Univ
  Christine Jeansonne Assistant Professor, Southern Univ  
  Eric Kennedy Postdoctoral Fellow, Hastings College  
  Ryan McGuckin Assistant Professor, Southern Univ  
  Joshua Meyers Lecturer, Kent State Univ, Salem  
  Taylor Orgeron Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State Univ  
  Amanda Wicks Public Affairs Specialist, NYU Digital Editor, CUNY
  Logan Wiedenfeld Assistant Professor, Alcorn State Univ Postdoc, Tulane
  Dustin Zemel Assistant Professor, St. Martin's College  
2018 Lindsay Head Instructor, Florida International Univ  
  Jaime Cantrell Assistant Professor, Texas A&M-Texarkana VAP, Univ of Mississippi
  Aaron Duplantier Assistant Teaching Professor, Syracuse Univ VAP, Univ of Houston
  Jared Hromadka Instructor, LSU Instructor, ELOP/LSU
  Corrie Kiesel Instructor, LSU Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana Univ
  Monica Miller Assistant Professor, Middle Georgia State Univ Postdoc, Georgia Tech Univ
  Rimun Murad Assistant Professor, Temple Univ Postdoctoral Instructor, LSU
  Emily Nemens Editor, The Paris Review Editor, The Southern Review
  Ikuko Takeda Assistant Professor, Housei Univ  
  Sarah Webb Assistant Professor, Univ of Illinois, Springfield  
2017 Stacey Amo Senior Lecturer, Univ of Wisconsin, Superior  
  Atom Atkinson Director of Literary Arts, Chautauqua Institution  
  Maggie Callahan  Assistant Professor, Hastings College  
  Christie Cognevich English Faculty, Mt. Carmel Academy  
  Vicki Davis Assistant Professor, Indiana Tech Univ  
  Brandon Katzir Assistant Professor, Oklahoma City College  
  Casey Kayser Assistant Professor, Univ of Arkansas  
  Emily Kobayashi Lecturer, Auburn Univ  
  Michael Rands Assistant Professor, Univ of Mobile  
  Jordan Von Cannon Assistant Professor, Florida Gulf Coast Univ  
  Michael Von Cannon Lecturer, Florida Gulf Coast Univ  
  Anna West Founding Director, Humanities Amped  
2016 Penelope Dane Public Librarian, Sacramento Visiting Scholar, Hamilton College
2015 Madoka Kishi Assistant Professor, Univ of Tokyo  
  Katherine E.C. Willis Assistant Professor, Univ of Central Arkansas  
2014 Laura Faulk Postdoctoral Instructor, LSU  
  Anthony Hoefer Assistant Professor, George Mason Univ Director, University Scholars Program, GMU
  Cara Jones Instructor, Towson Univ  
  Laura Keigan Instructor, Pellissippi State CC  
  Stephanie Krasserstein Instructor, Indiana State Univ  
  Dan Mangiavellano Assistant Professor, Loyola Univ (MD) Postdoc, Tulane Univ
  Laura Helen Marks Postdoctoral Fellow, Tulane Univ Postdoctoral Instructor, LSU
  David Riche Assistant Professor, Univ of Denver  
  Jennifer Ellis West Assistant Professor, Gordon College  
2013 Kevin Casper Assistant Professor, Univ of West Georgia  
  Rich Cooper Lecturer, Texas A&M VAP, Tulane Univ
  Alison Graham-Bertolin Assistant Professor, North Dakota State Univ Postdoc, Tulane Univ
  Laura Jones Assistant Professor, Montclair Univ