A number of students completing our Masters Program have gone on to careers in finance, law, technical writing, public relations, publishing, and secondary education. Others have continued their graduate education here or at top universities such as the University of Iowa, Louisiana State University, Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, the University of California at San Diego, Baylor University, and Trinity College, Dublin.
Marquette English has historically been strongly successful in placing our students in academic positions. Between 2000 and 2007, nearly 60% of our students who received PhDs secured tenure-track teaching positions at liberal arts colleges and teaching-oriented universities. When the number of students taking other permanent academic positions is included in this group, 86% of our graduates found work in the profession. (This compares quite favorably with the national average, according to figures compiled by the Modern Language Association, showing that only one third of recent Ph.D.'s in English typically find tenure-track positions.) In the years since, even while the academic job market continues to contract, we have remained competitive, and consistently have been able to place our people in good, steady, academic jobs, tenure-track and otherwise. From 2009-2015 more than 90% of MU graduates were hired in academic jobs, more than a third tenure-track.
This excellent placement rate is influenced by the English Department's commitment to a curriculum that merges traditional and contemporary study and by the department's emphasis on teaching experience (the vast majority of our graduates have taught college classes for a number of years).
To facilitate the placement process, the department conducts workshops on application procedures, screens application forms, and holds mock job interviews. Individual faculty also work with contacts in their related fields to enhance an applicant’s chance for success in his or her progress toward a job. After taking employment elsewhere, many of our graduates continue to consult with faculty in our department as they navigate their early years of professional growth.
Students who earned the Ph.D. since 1999 currently teach at the following institutions:
Ph.D. candidates who seek a college teaching position are encouraged to consult the Modern Language Association Job List and take advantage of the services of the Faculty Exchange of the MLA and the Faculty Exchange of the College Conference on Composition and Communication. The Department maintains credential files for all students who are actively seeking academic employment.
Graduates who are interested in a position in secondary education are encouraged to seek advice from the professor in charge of English Education and from the Placement Office of the Marquette University School of Education.