English Majors’ Curiosity and Willingness to Learn: Key to Success on the Job

Angel Theriot Sulzer (MA '12) and Suzie Lear (MA '12) Too often, our culture misunderstands the connection between a university degree and career preparation. Recently, Anne Phillips asked alums to share stories in response to students' fears that their English degrees may not be relevant to their future jobs. We heard back from several alumni, … Continue reading English Majors’ Curiosity and Willingness to Learn: Key to Success on the Job

September 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As promised in the post from last month, here's our next installment of faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Looking to catch up on past success or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of Reading Matters, our monthly newsletter. — Karin Westman, Department Head Publications Jacque Boucher, “in praise.” Glass: … Continue reading September 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Literature and Climate — Part II

In the second of a two-part series to mark last week’s global climate strike and the U.N. Emergency Climate Summit in New York, K-State English department faculty and alumni explore literature’s engagement with the natural world. Through quotations and short, reflective essays we reflect on how literature can help us understand humanity’s historic relationship with … Continue reading Literature and Climate — Part II

Literature and Climate — Part I

In the first of a two-part series to mark last week’s global climate strike and the U.N. Emergency Climate Summit in New York, K-State English department faculty and alumni explore literature’s engagement with the natural world. Through quotations and short, reflective essays, we reflect on how literature can help us understand humanity’s historic relationship with … Continue reading Literature and Climate — Part I

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: 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