The English department at UB has a strong placement record. Over the past five years (between 2007-8 and 2011-12), sixty-seven students graduated with PhDs. Thirty-five of these students have tenure track positions, or the equivalent at European or Asian universities. Seventeen students hold non-tenure track positions, including renewable academic positions such as Assistant Deanship at SUNY-College of Buffalo and Director of the Women’s Center at Dickenson College. And fifteen students work outside of academics in fields including government, education, and arts administration. Most students find employment soon after graduating, and many students intent on pursuing an academic career obtain tenure track jobs after a year or two of adjuncting. Some of our students do not choose to enter tenure track careers, instead preferring professional or academic work that gives them substantial time for their creative writing.
Under the supervision of the Director of Graduate Placement and with the active participation of many faculty members, the English Department assists and advises graduate students during their job searches through regular placement meetings and workshops, a handbook containing guidelines for the job search, individual help with the preparation of job materials, and mock job interviews. This help is available to graduate students who are seeking employment within or outside academia.
Between 2007 and 2013, UB students have received offers from a range of excellent schools, including: