Graduate student job placement history

Please note that this list indicates only initial appointments and not necessarily subsequent promotions or new positions. An aasterisk (*) indicates position at time of dissertation defense.


Anthony DeGenaro

"The Writers-First Principle: An Expressivist Approach to First-Year Writing Instruction & Teacher Research" (Marback)

Assistant Professor, University of Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, MI

Kelly Polasek

"Antiwar Literature in the US since 1945" (Flatley)

Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Noha Beydoun

"The Politics of Hijab in American Culture" (Chandra)

*Adjunct Instructor, Henry Ford College, Dearbron, MI

Ruth Boeder

"Named But Not Known: Teaching and Assessing the Research-Writing Process" (Pruchnic)

*Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Rachel Dortin

"Toward an Ecofeminist Embodied Pedagogy: A Study of Difference in Online and Offline" (Sackey)

Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Sarah Primeau

"Developing and Assessing a Cultural Rhetorics-Oriented First-Year Composition Course" (Barton)

Lecturer, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL 

Clare Russell

"Curricular Inquiry: A Survey of Writing Pedagogy Practicum Instructors" (Pruchnic and Sackey)

Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Hillary Weiss

"Coming Out as Complex: Understanding LGBTQ+ Community Writing Groups"

Writing Advisor, MedSchoolCoach


Eric Abbey

"Distillation of Sound: Dub in Jamaica and the Creation of Culture" (Shaviro)

*Professor, Oakland Community College, Royal Oak, MI

Kevin Ball

"Sonic Motion and Heaviness in Black Media" (Kee)

Special Lecturer, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Erin Bell

"Words [Don't Always] Fail Me: Contemplating the Complexities of Gender and Genre in American Short Fiction by Women" (hoogland)

*Lecturer, Baker College, Allen Park, MI

Shawn Cooper

"Chivalry and Governance in Maolry's Le Morte Darthur and Tennyson's Idylls of the King" (Maun)

Assistant Professor, Rochester University, Rochester Hills, MI

Catherine Donaldson

"Technical Communication Pedagogy: The Rhetoric of Online Gaming" (Ranney)

*Lecturer, Henry Ford Collge, Dearborn, MI

Ian Kennedy

"Unsound Media: An Archaeology of Technics at the Limits of the Audible" (Shaviro)

*Lecturer, University of Michigan Dearborn, Dearborn, MI

Nabilah Khachab

"Enfreakment: Bodies as Spectacle in Children's and Young Adult Fiction" (Maruca)

ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship, Division of Arts & Humanities, University of California, Berkeley

Joseph Lewis

"Blackness and the Rhetoric of Racism in the University of Cape Town's Rhodes Must Fall Movement and the University of Missouri's Concerned Student 1950 Movement" (Marback)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Sean Milligan

"A Rhetoric of Zaniness: The Case of Pepe the Frog" (Marback)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Ted Prassinos

"Under the Sign of Suicide" (Flatley)

Visiting Scholar for Critical Studies and Director of Writing Program, Cranbook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI


Elizabeth Acosta

"Gender, Geography, and Alterity in Shakespeare" (Jackson)

*Associate Professor of English, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX

Alisa Alkins

"After the Clinic: Gendered Pathology in Modernist Literature" (Watten)

Full-Time Faculty, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL

Bradley Flis

"Border Ends: Anti-Imperialism, Settler Colonialism, and the Mexican Revolution in U. S. Modernism" (Watten)

Instructor, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA

Judith Lakämper

"Affective Dissonance: (Post)Feminism and Popular Cultural Expressions of Motherhood" (hoogland)

Assistant Editor, Lexington Press/ Fortress Academic imprint at Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD

Sean Levenson

"Theatrical Scholars: Characters in Early Modern Popular Drama" (2021) (Chess)

Assistant Professor of English, Tarrant County College, Ft. Worth, TX

Peter Marra

"Queer Slashers" (Kee and Shaviro)

Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit,MI

Vytautas Malesh

"Blue to BDU: The Five Canons of Rhetoric and the Text of the Police Uniform" (Ranney)

Instructor in English, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Marcus Merritt

"The Center of All Beauty: Radical Democracy and Critical Knowledge of the Poetic Subject in 20th-Century American Poetry" (Watten)

Adjunct Instructor, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Mindy Myers

"Democratic Communication: Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis" (Marback)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Kettering University, Flint, MI

Katrina Newsom

"Toward a Theory of Work: Personal Responsibility, Self-Regulation, and Identity in the Age of America's Work Crisis" (Chandra)

Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Renuka Uthappa

"This is Us Saying Who We Are: Speaking the Rhetoric of Mental Disability" (Marback)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Adrian College, Adrian, MI


Reema Barlaskar

"Servant Voices and Tales in the British Gothic Novel, 1764-1847" (Scrivener)

Adjunct Instructor, Wanye State University, Detroit, MI

Vincent Haddad

"Novelistic Intimacies: Reading and Writing in the Late Age of Print" (hoogland)

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Central State University, Wilberforce, OH

Chinmayi Kattemalavadi

"(An) Unsettled Commons: Narrative and Trauma After 911" (Flatley)

Adjunct Instructor, Macomb Community College, Warren, MI

Lisa Kannianen

"Strange Lands of Opportunity--Representations of Moral, Social, and Economic Profit in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature" (Goodrich)

Teacher, Dearborn Public Schools Dearborn, MI

Judith Lakemper

"Affective Dissonance: (Post)Feminism and Popular Cultural Expressions of Motherhood" (hoogland)

Assistant Editor, Lexington Press, Lanham, MD

Derek Risse

"Politics and Pedagogy: Recuperating Rhetoric and Composition's Native Ethical Tradition" (Pruchnic)

Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Jule Thomas

"The Role of Explicit Genre Pedagogy and Genre Awareness: Investigating Student Perceptions of Instructor Feedback in Intermediate Composition" (Barton)

Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Nicole Varty

"Ecological Awareness: Enacting an Ecological Composition Curriculum to Encourage Student Knowledge Transfer" (Pruchnic)

Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI


Erin Bell

"Words [Don't Always] Fail Me: Contemplating the Complexities of Gender and Genre in American Short Fiction by Women" (hoogland)

*Full-Time English instructor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies-Academic Affairs, Baker College, Allen Park, MI

Marie Buck

"Weird Propaganda: Texts of the Black Power and Women's Liberation Movements" (Flatley)

Managing Editor, SocialText, New York, NY

Wendy Duprey

"Reconceptualizing the Construct of the Individual Writer in Composition Studies: A Felt Life Model of Writing" (Barton)

Staff, Osceola Writing Center, Valencia College, Orlando FL

Renuka Gusain

"On Beauty and Ethics in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries" (Jackson)

Lecturer in Humanities, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC

Amy Lataweic

"Self-Directed Learning and the Development of Self-Efficacy in Basic Writing" (Gorzelsky)

Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Theresa Lindsay

"Rethinking the Mulatto Character and National Identity: 1865 and Beyond in African American and Brazilian Literature" (Boyd)

Assistant Director, Office of Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate, Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, MI

Seeki Masahiko

"Time in American High Modernism: Reading Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkne" (Maun)

*Associate Professor, Kanagawa University,  Rokkakubashi, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Michael McGinnis

"Public Subjects: Wayne State, Institutional Texts, and Public Rhetoric" (Barton)

Lecturer in English, University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL

Joseph Paszek

"The Role of Enculturation in Student Writing-Related Beliefs, Values, and the Potential for Transfer" (Gorzelsky)

Assistant Professor University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Luke Thominet

"Emerging Genres of Online Technical Communication" (Pruchnic)

Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Shandi Wagner

"Sowing Seeds of Subversion: Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers' Subversive use of Fairy Tales and Folklore" (Scrivener)

Instructor in English, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Adam Yerima

"Saving Innocents: Tracing the Human Monster Hunter's Hetero-Normative Agenda from the 1970s to Today" (Kee)

English and Language Arts Academic Aide, A Place Called Home, Los Angeles, CA


Matthew Cicci

"Turning the Page: Fandoms, Multimodality, and the Transformation of the 'Comic Book' Superhero" (Kee)

Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Alma College, Alma, MI

Ruth Haller (ABD)

Assistant Professor, Henry Ford College, Dearborn, MI

Cindy Mooty-Hoffman

"A Recursive Service Learning Program: Empowering Students of Color Traveling Within Community Borders" (Gorzelsky and Pruchnic)

*Professor, Oakland Community College, Walled Lake, MI

Ashley Whitmore

"Life is a Luminous Halo': Gender and Androgynous Time in Virginia Woolf" (Vlasopolos)

Lecturer, University of Michigan Dearborn, Dearborn, MI

Clay Walker

"Literacy Potentials: Agency, Embodiment, and Hybridity in Cézar Chávez's Discourse Practices" (Gorzelsky)

Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI


Jane Asher

"Undermining the Angelic Restrictions of First-Wave Feminism: What the New Woman Did, Didn't, and Wouldn't Do" (Vlasopolos)

Adjucnt instructor, Macomb Community College Warren, MI

Mark Brown

"In Particularity We Trust: Richard Dutcher's Mormon Quartet and a Latter-Day Saint Spiritual Film Style" (Shaviro)

*Associate Professor, Baker College, Allen Park, MI

Ruth Clayman

"Re-Imagining Invention (Post)Pedagogy from Ulmer's Electracy to Design" (Marback)

*Director of Education, SAE Institute, Chicago, IL

Christopher Giroux

"The Traumatized/Traumatizing Subject in Anna Deveare Smith, Suzan-Lori Parks, and August Wilson" (Ze-Winters)

Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

Jenna Gerds

"Sex, Labor, and the American Way: Detroit Aesthetic in Mid-Twentieth-Century Literature" (Watten)

Instructor, Macomb Community College, Warren, MI

Jared Grogan

"A Genealogy of Ecological Rhetoric: Heraclitus, Bacon, Darwin and Huxley" (Pruchnic)

*Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Whitney Hardin

"Acting Out Citizenship in Global and Local Contexts" (Marback)

Assistant Professor, Kettering University, Flint, MI

Abigail Heiniger

"Jane Eyre And Her Transatlantic Literary Descendants: The Heroic Female Bildungsroman And Constructions of National Identity" (Vlasopolos)

*Visiting Assistant Professor, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

Adrienne Jankens

"Responsive Classroom Ecologies: Supporting Inquiry and Rhetorical Awareness in College Writing Courses" (Gorzelsky)

Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Jason Kahler

"Technologically-Mediated Writing in the First-Year Writing Classroom: Twitter and Immediate Writing" (Marback)

*Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

Conor Shaw-Draves

"Commedia: Rhetoric and Technology in the Media Commons" (Pruchnic)

Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

Andie Silva

"Marketing Good Taste: Print Agents' Use of Paratext to Shape Markest and Readers in Early Modern England" (Chess)

Assistant Professor, York College/The City University of New York, New York, NY

Shashi Thandra

"Annihilation and Accumulation: Postcolonial Literatures of Genocide and Capital" (Aguirre)

*Director of Product Management, Deposit Solutions,New York, NY

Andrew O. Winckles

"Drawn Out in Love: Religious Experience, The Public Sphere, and Evangelical Lay Women's Writing in Eighteenth Century England" (Scrivener)

Assistant Professor, Adrian College, Adrian, MI


Laura Estill

"The Circulation and Recontextualization of Dramatic Excerpts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts" (Jackson)

Assistant Professor, Texas A & M, College Station, TX

Mike Ristich

"Without Content: Rhetoric, American Anarchism, And the End(s) of Radical Politics" (Pruchnic)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

Hilary Sarat-St. Peter

"Wired & Dangerous: Hacks, Hair Extensions and Other Twists on Traditional Technical Communications" (Ranney)

Assistant Professor, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Michael Schmidt

"The Materialism of the Encounter: Queer Sociality and Capital in Modern Literature" (Watten)

Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Crystal Starkey

"A Cognitively Enabling Approach: Cognitive Diversity in Composition Studies" (Pruchnic)

*Assistant Professor, Delta College, University Center, MI


Jill Darling

"Writing the Self: Feminist Experiment And Cultural Identity"(Watten)

Lecturer, Eastern Michigan Unviersity, Ypsilanti, MI

Andrew Engel

"Flickering Cities: Multimedia City Fabrics and the Changing Nature of Citizenship" (Marback)

Assistant Professor, Wiley College, Marshall, TX

Kim Lacey

"Making Memory: Techne, Technology, and the Refashioning of Contemporary Memory" (Marback)

Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

Michael Martin

"Hallowed Ground: Literature And the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England, c. 1550-1704" (Jackson)

Assistant Professor, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

Justin Remeselnik

"Motion(less) Pictures: The Cinema of Stasis" (Thompson)

Lecturer in Film and Literature, Oakland University

Sarah Ruddy

"This Fact Which is Not One: Differential Poetics in Transatlantic American Modernism" (Watten)

Executive Director, Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

Denise Yezbick

"Faith and (Un)Certainty in the Writing of Stowe, Hawthorne, and Dickinson: The Intersecting Language of Theology and Feminism" (Pudaloff)

Lecturer, University of Michigan Dearborn, Dearborn, MI


Emine Selmin Kara

"Reassembling Documentary: From Actuality to Virtuality" (Grusin)

Assistant Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Toronto, Canada

Jill Morris

"Gender and Race: Online Communities and Composition Classrooms" (Marback)

Assistant Professor, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MA

Justin Vidovic

"Teaching with Spirit: Freire, Dialogue and Spiritual Discourse in the Composition Classroom" (Gorzelsky)

Assistant Professor, Prairie State Community College, Chicago Heights, IL


Vicki Abboud

"'Eve's Apples': Growing Ladies in the Brontëan Sublime, 1826-1853" (Vlasopolos)

Tenure-Track English Instructor, Grande Prairie Regional College, Alberta, Canada

Sarah Delahousse

"Female Detectives, Female Criminals: An Examination of Crime, Modernity and the New Woman in Early French and American Crime Films in the U.S. During the 1910s" (Burgoyne)

Adjunct Faculty, York College, City University of New York, New York, NY

Tara Hayes

"Jonson and Women" (Marotti)

Special Lecturer, Oakland University, Auburn Hills & Rochester Hills, MI

Cara Kozma

"Thinking Globally, Writing Locally: Re-Visioning Critical and Service Learning Pedagogies with Globalization Theory" (Gorzelsky)

Assistant Professor, High Point University, High Point, NC

Erik Marshall

"Distributed Cinema: Interactive, Networked Spectatorship in the Age of Digital Media" (Burgoyne)

Lecturer, University of Michigan Dearbron, Dearborn, MI

Anne Nichols

"Woman's Sphere in the Law of God": Biblical Women and Domesticity in the Writings of Felicia Hemans, Grace Aguilar, Harriet Beech Stowe, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton" (Scrivener)

*Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program, Rochester College, Rochester Hills, MI

Thomas Trimble

"Rhetorical Outcomes: A Genre Analysis of Student Service-Learning Writing" (Gorzelsky)

Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Sarah Valensky

"Composition Under Review: A Genre Analysis of Book Reviews in Composition Journals, 1939-2007" (Barton)

*System Director for General and Developmental Education, Baker College, Flint, MI

Nicole Wilson

"From Baby Formula to Solid Food: How the Influence of Media has Nourished Children's Literature" (Reed)

Lecturer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI


Elisia Blacque

"Imagined Identities: Adapting White Imaginings of Black Female Identity in African American Literature before the Renaissance" (Wasserman)

Assistant Professor, Kutszown University, Kutztown, PA

Jonathan Brown Gilham

"The Laugh of the Oppressed Creature: Early Twentieth Century American Magazine Humor as Affective Adaptation to Modernity" (Grusin)

Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Sarah Burcon

"Re-remembering the Past: Feminist Storytelling Appropriations in the Fiction of Eudora Welty, Gayl Jones, Julia Alvarez and Octavia Butler" (Pudaloff)

Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Kim Davis

"Personal Writing, Academic Writing, and Critical Pedagogy in the Community-Based Classroom" (Gorzelsky)

Assistant Professor Saginaw State University, University Center, MI

Carrie Nartker

"Gender, Sexuality, and Masquerade: Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in Restoration Breeches Dramas" (Jackson)

Assistant Professor, Monroe Community College, Monroe, MI

April Pitts

"Democracy and Dystopia in Post-Watergate American Fiction" (Watten)

Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Justin Prystash

"Time's Menagerie: Evolutions in Victorian Sex and Subjectivity" (Aguirre)

Assistant Professor, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan


Melissa Ames

Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Linda Mercer Learman

Assistant Professor, Adrian College, Adrian, MI


Michael Rex

Assistant Professor, Cumberland University, Williamsburg, KY

Erik Mortenson

Assistant Professor, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Julianne Newmark

Assistant Professor, New Mexico Tech, Socorr, NM

Cynthia Van Sickle

Tenure-Track instructor, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL


Doris Runey

Visiting Assistant Professor, Oakland University, Auburn Hills & Rochester Hills, MI


Susan Beckwith

Visiting Assistant Professor, Oakland University, Auburn Hills & Rochester Hills, MI

Ojay Johnson (MA)

Assistant Professor, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC

Karen Keaton

Assistant professor, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

Linda Brender

*Assistant Professor, Macomb County Community College, Warren, MI

Kimme Nuckles

*Associate Dean, Baker College, Flint, MI


Willie Harrell

Assistant Professor, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Scott Nokes

Assistant Professor, Troy State University, Troy, AL

Coretta Pittman

Assistant Professor, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Gary Schneider

Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Pan-American, Edinburg, TX

Christopher Wilkey

Assistant Professor, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY


Mark Aune

Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Susan Honeyman

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Keaney, NE

Robert Carr

Assistant Professor, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA


Amy Hawkins

Assistant Professorl, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Stephen Germic

Assistant Professor, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Sarah Chandler

Assistant Professor Kean College, Union, NJ

Barbara Dickson-Schneider

Assistant Professor, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH


Marshall Kitchens

Assistant Professor, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Valerie Kinloch

Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown Campus, Houston, TX

Samantha Blackmon

Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Lisa Ortiz

Assistant Professor, College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ


Reginald Gerlica

*Assistant Professor, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

Jodi Wyett

Assistant Professor, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Susan Richardson

Assistant Professor, Macomb County Community College, Warren, MI


Paulette Childress

*Instructor, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

Patrick Bruch

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

David Luther

Assistant Professor, Middle Georgia College, Atlanta, GA

Suchitra Mathur

Assistant Professor, University of Louisana at Lafayette, LA

Nancy McGee

*Associate Dean, Davenport College, Warren, MI


Tim Montbriand

Assistant Professor, Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ

Marijo Dulan

Assistant Professor, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC