Job Placement Information
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 Emily Steinlight, assists job seekers 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 assists job seekers in negotiating the terms of an offer. The Placement Officer is also available to answer questions about the job market from graduate students at earlier stages of the program.
For a full list of the first-time tenure-track jobs of our graduates, please consult our Job Placement Record. For a record of what graduates have gone on to do, academically and non-academically, see our Doctoral Alumni Directory.
- Access the MLA Job Information List
- Find information about the next MLA Convention
- Consult the Career Services website
- Job Interview Tips (from Michael Gamer & Anne Krook)
- Travel Expenses for Graduate Students on the Job Market
All Ph.D. students and faculty in English have access to the online MLA Job Information List. Job seekers should consult this list and other resources that post job listings, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and field-specific websites and listservs.