Alumni and Job Placement

Graduate Student Placement

WSU’s Department of English is committed to supporting its graduate students throughout their training and job search. Mentors and program directors, including our job placement faculty, work closely with students to identify their particular career interests—academic and non-academic—and develop an effective, comprehensive set of application materials (CVs, letters, teaching portfolios). We also provide additional funding for students traveling to job interviews and regularly conduct mock interviews to help students prepare. We most recently partnered with Gonzaga University in Spokane to help our students better understand teaching at a small, liberal arts college.

All of this work has helped our students achieve a full-time academic placement rate of over 90%, nearly double the national average. We also welcome students wishing to consider work outside the higher-education setting, where we have had success as well.

While many programs will provide only a selective snapshot of their placement record, our department is committed to providing comprehensive, transparent information for prospective students. Listed below are the initial search outcomes for all of our PhDs over the past five years, with more to be added as this page develops.

Job Placement Data

NameInitial AppointmentCurrent Appointment (If different)Dissertation
Lori Beth De HertoghAssistant Professor, School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, James Madison UniversityCommunity-Based Digital Literacies: A Cyberfeminist Analysis of Literacy Practices in
Birth Without Fear
Jessica Edwards Assistant Professor of English, University of Delaware (CTAL Diversity Scholar)Critical Race Consciousness and the Technical Writing Classroom
Timothy Pearce Durst (Ph.D., 2012) Assistant Professor of English, University of MontevalloMultimodal Composition and Electracy: Pedagogical Relays
James (Jim) Haendiges Assistant Professor of English, Dixie State UniversityMobility and the Digital Page
Jared Anthony Instructor,
Spokane Falls Community College
Paul Muhlhauser Assistant Professor of English,
McDaniel College
Imageneing: The Rhetoric of the Human Gamete Industry
Aaron Moe Assistant Professor,
St. Mary’s College
Sheri Rysdam Assistant Professor of Basic Composition,
Utah Valley University
The Labor of Learning in College Composition
Donna Evans Assistant Professor of English,
Eastern Oregon University
Place Becomes Us: Kairotic Entelechy, Identification, and Political Economy in Harney County, Oregon
Chris RitterLecturer,
Georgia Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor of English, Clayton State University
Kris Kellejian Lecturer,
University of Washington - Bothell
Cori Brewster Associate Professor,
Eastern Oregon University
Frank King Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies,
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Alex Parrish Assistant Professor,
James Madison University
Adaptive Rhetoric: Evolution, Culture, and the Art of Persuasion
Lisa AndersonClinical Assistant Professor,
WSU Tri-Cities,
Jeanette WeaskusClinical Assistant Professor,
WSU Pullman
Earthly Rhetorics of Nez Perce Peoples Past, Present, and Future
Jerry Peterson Assistant Professor,
Marygrove College
Assistant Professor of English, Utah Valley University
Erin Mae ClarkAssistant Professor,
St. Mary's University, Minnesota
Andrea Campbell Clinical Assistant Professor,
WSU Tri-Cities
Andrew McCarthy Assistant Professor,
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Julie Meloni
Lead Technologist/Architect, University of VirginiaSenior Manager of Software Engineering at Hobsons
Hanzhou Pang Instructor (Central Oregon CC) Assistant Professor,
Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia)
Michelle Fankhauser Assistant Professor,
Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA
Paula Webb BattistelliAssociate Professor of English,
Huston-Tillostson University
Wendy Olsen Assistant Professor of English,
WSU Vancouver
Associate Professor,
Washington State University, Vancouver
Raja Al Khalili Assistant Professor,
Hashemite University,
(Zarqa, Jordan)
Matt Schnackenberg Assistant Professor ,
Oregon Institute of Technology
Associate Professor,
Oregon Institute of Technology
Verena Theile Lecturer,
Associate Professor,
North Dakota State University
Bethany Blankenship

Assistant Professor of English,
University of Montana Western
Associate Professor,
University of Montana Western
Nathaniel Gilbert Assistant Professor,
Middle George College
Associate Professor,
Middle George College
Laura Gruber (Godfrey)

Assistant Chair/Instructor,
North Idaho College
Asao B. Inoue Associate Professor of English ,
California State University-Fresno
Associate Professor,
University of Washington-Tacoma
Domita Wiegand Assistant Professor,
Iowa State University
Jason MillerAssistant Professor of English ,
North Carolina State University
Associate Professor,
North Carolina State University
Susan McDowall Adjunct Professor of English,
University of Nebraska
Fiona Glade
Associate Professor, Sacramento State UniversityDirector Writing Center,
University of Baltimore
Ingrid Ranum
Department of English,
Gonzaga University
Jennifer RichardsonAssistant Professor of English,
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Caitlin Holmes
BRIDGE Graduate Program Coordinator & Student Success Advisor ,
George Mason University
Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum,
George Mason University
Katie Arosteguy Lecturer,
University of California Davis
Jessica McCarthy Professor,
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Gregory Phillips
Francisco Tomayo Assistant Professor,
California State University-Northridge
Shelly Richardson
Ben Bunting Assistant Professor,
Oregon Institute of Technology
Gwen Sullivan Assistant Professor,
Lewis-Clark State College
Jacob Alden Hughes
Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey (PhD, 2017)Assistant Professor, Montana State University Billings
Edie-Marie Roper (PhD, 2021)Full-time Instructor, Colorado Mesa University
Edrees Nawabi (PhD, 2021)Tenure Track, Lane Community CollegeWhy and How to Teach in the Social Justice Age of Composition
Sherwin Sales (PhD, 2021)Tenure Track Assistant Professor / Writing Center Director, California State University Long Beach
Tabitha Espina (PhD, 2020) Postdoctoral Teaching Associate, Northeastern UnviversityTenure Track, Eastern Oregon University
Lacey Hope (PhD, 2021)Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow of English, Dixie State University
Elle Fournier (PhD, 2022)Full-time Instructional Designer, University of Alaska, Fairbanks