The 2022-2023 Placement Committee is
- Dara Regaignon
- Honey Crawford
- Toral Gajarawala
- Sonali Thakkar
The Department of English has an intensive process for preparing doctoral candidates for a competitive job market and for broader horizons and pathways after graduation. A standing committee of three-to-four faculty is devoted to job placement. In the spring term prior to the job-hunting season, this committee holds an orientation about the process and distributes a comprehensive handbook includes sample job letters, cv’s, and other materials. As the job season unfolds, the placement committee maintains frequent contact with job seekers and advisors, offering further support with respect to recommendation letters, writing samples, and professional networks. Most importantly, it holds a series of events that address different stages of the job-search process, including mock interviews with students prior to the MLA conference and a workshop on the teaching portfolio. The committee also arranges mock job talks for students receiving campus visits. Securing a tenure-track job in the current climate typically entails more than one year of comprehensive searching, and the placement committee continues to work with students for as long as it takes. The committee typically sponsors as well several workshops/roundtables on a variety of humanities pathways.
Graduates of NYU’s English department have gone on to be scholars and teachers all over the country, and the world, at large research universities (American University of Beirut, Brandeis, Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Koç University [Turkey], Seoul National University, Stanford, Southern Methodist University, UC Santa Barbara, Yale, University of Nebraska, University of Texas); small liberal arts colleges (Colgate, Connecticut, Iona, Rhodes, Whitman); community colleges (Bronx Community College, CUNY); and secondary schools (Bard High School/Early College Program, Tower Hill School). And NYU English PhDs are increasingly present as writers, researchers, and other specialists in a range of public humanities professions.
The Process: Typical Workshops and Placement Preparation
First-Hand Accounts of Experience on the Job Market
Phd Handbook and Sample Materials (password protected)
Smaran Dayal (Comp Lit), who earned his PhD in Comp Lit but worked with our Placement Committee and faculty, just began as an Assistant Professor of Literature at Stevens Institute of Technology (and adds that he turned down a postdoc in African American Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick to accept this).
Zane Koss is a Postdoctoral Faculty Lecturer in our Department.
Tanya K. Schmidt accepted a 1-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in NYU's College Core Curriculum.
Mercedes Trigos is a Postdoctoral Faculty Lecturer in our Department (having turned down a 1-year offer as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University due to timing).
John Linstrom received a 2-year Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Inequality to work at The Climate Museum.
Ruby Lowe, accepted a post-doc at Berkeley as of Fall 2021.
Richard Porteous, will be “working for a non-profit/charity in London called TeachFirst. TF is an organization that tries to close the education gap in lower-income areas. It does this partly by placing graduates like me, who preferably have some kind of teaching experience, in secondary schools that really need staff, and providing them with on-the-job training in how to teach, be a mentor, etc, to make sure it all goes well.”
Sushmita Sircar, was awarded an NYU Core Postdoc and a position at Gettysburg College: she will begin as Assistant Prof at Gettysburg in Fall 2021.
Nicole Eitzen Delgado,currently a Postdoc at Duke University in Latino/a Studies, Nicole has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard under the fellowship theme "Migration and the Humanities.” She has also, however, just completed two campus visits: one at Villanova University for a tenure-track position in Pre-1900 Literature of the Americas, and one at San Diego State, Imperial Valley for a tenure-track position in American and Chicano Literature.
Jordan Hall, Lecturer, Koç University
Chad Hegelmeyer, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Anna Moser, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Sara Partridge, Postdoctoral Lecturer in the College Core Curriculum, New York University
Penelope Meyers Usher, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Barnard
Shiv Kotecha (2020) is Manager of Grants and Services at Andy Warhol Foundation.
Kimberly Adam, Postdoctoral Lecturer in the College Core Curriculum, New York University
David Hobbs, Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge, Alberta
MC Hyland, accepted the position of Post-Doctoral Lecturer in the English Dept., 2021-22.
Tara Menon, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Christina Squitieri, is contracted to adjunct in the Fall.
James Staple, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Marcela di Blasi, Assistant Professor, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth
Chloe Flower, Assistant Professor, Bryn Mawr College
Mosarrap Khan, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global University
Carla María Thomas, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Cameron Williams, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Jonathan Franklin, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Kristen Highland, Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Omar Miranda, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
Blevin Shelnutt, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Adam Spanos, Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
Adrian Versteegh, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
John Easterbrook, Assistant Professor, California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo
Jonathan James, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Spencer Keralis, Assistant Professor and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois
Mo Pareles, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Rachael Wilson, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Angela Bennet Segler, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada- Reno
David Sterling Brown, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Collin Jennings, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental Humanities Center, Bard College
Nicholas Matlin, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Ada Smailbegovic, Assistant Professor, Brown University
Elizabeth Bonapfel, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dahlen Humanities Center, Freie Universität, Berlin
Matthew Bruen, Assistant Professor, Young Harris College
Jane Carr, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bates College
Adrienne Ghaly, Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia
Bomin Kim, Assistant Professor, Seoul National University
Rachael King, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara
Bridget McFarland, Postdoctoral, New York University
Dan Remein, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Gerald Song, Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University
Kathryn Vomero Santos, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M
Shirley Wong, Assistant Professor, Westfield State University
Maeve Adams, Assistant Professor, Manhattan College
Liza Blake, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Laura Fisher, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
Laurie Lambert, Assistant Professor, UC Davis
Jen Spitzer, Assistant Professor, Ithaca College
Jennie Votava, Assistant Professor, Alleghany College
During these years, despite the downturn reflected in the national job market, NYU students received tenure-track offers from Colgate University, Tulane University, St. Joseph's College, Pace University, The Citadel, Pacific Lutheran, Wake Forest, Nanyang Tech (Singapore), Seton Hall University, Connecticut College, Columbia College, Willamette University, Southern Methodist University, University of Sussex, Fordham University and University of Ottawa. Students also went on to post-doctoral fellowships at Wellesley University, University of Queensland, Harvard University, Washington University and McGill University, and accepted other academic positions at Pacific Lutheran University and Cooper Union.