Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Prescott

  For the past two and a half years, I have and continue to serve a dual role at a small private school as a special needs teacher and behavior therapist for students with severe autism among other medical conditions. While the teaching component is a clear parallel to my time as a GTA with … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Prescott

What Can You Do with an English Major?: The 2017 Undergraduate Alumni Survey

Results from our most recent survey of English undergraduate alumni confirm what we’ve long known: that the English major accommodates itself to an extraordinarily wide range of fields. We heard from 176 alumni who graduated between the 1940s and the 2010s. We are proud of all of our graduates, but some occupations definitely piqued our … Continue reading What Can You Do with an English Major?: The 2017 Undergraduate Alumni Survey

Alumni Spotlight: Career Paths in Higher Education

On Monday September 16, we had the good fortune to hear from several of our alumni who are pursuing careers in higher education administration. The catalyst: a site visit by Shaute Montgomery (MA ’08) and her team from Central Missouri State University. Shaunte serves as the Title III Coordinator and Director of First Year Programs … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Career Paths in Higher Education

Alumni Spotlight: Nan Johnson

  “Bernard Malamud’s heritage has created a problem for the literary critic,” begins an M.A. thesis from 1975, titled The Theme of Intimacy in Three Works by Bernard Malamud: “Intimacy is not always comfortable; it is often unexpected, undeserved, and tumultuous. However, for Malamud, it is always necessary.” Today, we celebrate an alumna whom we … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Nan Johnson

Alumni Spotlight: Phillip Howells

When I started taking classes at K-State, I decided to focus on Cultural Studies because I felt that it was the area that I had the most yet to learn about. While taking theory classes with professors like Dr. Tanya Gonzalez and Dr. Cameron Leader-Picone, I learned to pay attention to the beneficiaries of research. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Phillip Howells

Alumni Spotlight: David Murphy

Sometimes our alumni stay in Kansas to forge their professional path; sometimes they travel the world. David Murphy (MA ’08) has traveled the world — thanks, in part, to his M.A. in English from Kansas State, as he explains below. David’s employment history illustrates the various and complementary careers that our graduates pursue, some of … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: David Murphy

Alumni Spotlight: Tom Webb and Rob Probst

  English Department alums Tom Webb (MA ’16, above left) and Rob Probst (MA ’16, above right) explain how their internship experience as graduate students helped land them their first jobs — and why you should consider enrolling in English 759 “Studies in Technical Communication.” Tom Webb (MA ’16) First job after graduation: Grant Coordinator … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Tom Webb and Rob Probst

Alumni Spotlight: Malorie Wagner

Getting an “adult job” can be absolutely terrifying—but it doesn’t have to be. If you can get started with internships or part-time jobs while you’re a student, you’ll have an advantage when it’s time to find that first job. In my experience, securing an on-campus position or two led directly to securing an “adult job” … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Malorie Wagner

Alumni Spotlight: Zach Powell

Should we care about the Oscars? The awards industry has grown like the world’s population in the last hundred years. Every field has its awards—advertising, aerospace, automobiles. Living also has its own: the Stinky Shoe Award, the Stella award, and of course the Guinness Book of World Records. Even dying has its own award in … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Zach Powell