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

Grad Student Spotlight: Alyssa Cook

With graduation almost T-minus two months away, I, like the rest of the graduating M.A. students, have been haunted by the specter of impending unemployment more often than usual lately. But, even though the job-finding process is intimidating, K-State has given me everything that I need to pursue a meaningful career, in part through the … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Alyssa Cook

“Fresh Threads of Connection”: Blogging the Victorians

One thing that struck me as I combed through our 2017 Graduate Alumni data last spring was how many graduates from our M.A. program currently have jobs that require them to write for the web in some way or other. For some alumni, their main professional responsibility is web content or social media management. For … Continue reading “Fresh Threads of Connection”: Blogging the Victorians

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: Kylie Kinley

I have two English degrees – a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in creative writing and a Master’s degree in creative writing and children’s literature from Kansas State. I was attracted to English programs because you can’t major in “storytelling.” Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. We use stories to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Kylie Kinley

What Can You Do with an M.A. in English?: The 2017 Graduate Alumni Survey

Every ten years, the Department of English surveys its alumni. We pride ourselves on maintaining close relationships with our alums and have a strong interest in what they — or you, if you’re an alum — did after leaving the hallowed halls of the English Counseling Services Building or Denison Hall (if you graduated before … Continue reading What Can You Do with an M.A. in English?: The 2017 Graduate Alumni Survey

A Strong Foundation

Jennifer Brown (B.A. ‘93, M.A. ‘95), Jera McGraw (B.A. ‘98), Carly Stithem (B.A. ‘14, M.A. ‘16), and Brooke Williams (M.A. ‘11) share their career paths at the 2017 Alumni Connections Career Panel. When completing our 2017 Alumni Survey, graduates could signal interest in assisting us with a career panel or online visit for graduate and … Continue reading A Strong Foundation

Alumni Spotlight: R. Dean Johnson

There’s this troubling question I’ve been getting since my second book came out. Maybe I should have seen it coming, but my first book, which is stories and not a novel, came out with a small press and didn’t get the fanfare. There were no interviews or Q&As at reading events. So I was caught … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: R. Dean Johnson

Weapon of Choice

“Words are weapons, sharper than knives.” – INXS Recently, there has been much in the news about Russian interference during the last presidential election.  Of particular interest to both the intelligence community and Congress is the way in which Russia purchased advertising and conducted hundreds of millions of interactions with Americans on social media platforms.  … Continue reading Weapon of Choice