The Penn English Department runs a comprehensive Job Placement Service and is committed to providing all of our graduate students with the advice, mentoring, and support they need in order to prepare themselves for a successful job search. The Department's Placement Officer, currently Nancy Bentley, assists job searchers in preparing CVs, application letters, dissertation abstracts, and teaching portfolios; helps students to prepare for interviews and coordinates the dress-rehearsal mock interviews in which numerous faculty members participate; offers advice on campus visits and the selection and presentation of a job talk; coordinates practice job talks and practice teaching demonstrations; assists job searchers in negotiating the terms of a job offer. The Placement Officer is also available to answer questions about the job market from graduate students at earlier stages of the program.
From 2004 through 2014, the department has placed 72% of its Ph.D.s in tenure-track positions; our current four-year placement rate is 80%. For a full list of the first-time tenure-track jobs of our graduates, along with their current positions (if different), please consult our Job Placement Record.
- Access the MLA Job Information List (password required)
- Find Information about the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver
- Consult the Career Services website
- Check Out Michael Gamer's Job Interview Tips
- Travel Expenses for Graduate Students on the Job Market
All Ph.D. students and faculty in English have access to the online version of the MLA Job Information List via the ADE Homepage . Login ID and Password will be distributed to job-seekers by the Placement Officer by mid-September; don't give these out to non-Penn people. Job searchers should consult the online MLA Job Information List, as well as the print version (available in the grad office by early October), and other resources that post job listings, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and field-specific websites and listservs.