Alumni Careers

Pitt PhDs have been quite successful in finding careers and academic employment in spite of the tough job market in recent years. Out of students who completed their degrees between fall of 2000 and summer of 2011 and who sought academic employment, over 50% have held or been offered tenure-stream positions and about 80% have held tenure-stream positions, postdoctoral fellowships, or non-tenure-stream positions that offer significant opportunities for career development.

Institutions where these Pitt PhDs were placed include Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Duquesne University, Emory University, New York University, Northeastern University, San Francisco University, Stanford University, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of the Pacific, University of Nebraska, University of Vermont, and Yale University.

Recent Careers for Our Graduates

Preparing for the Job Market

The Graduate Placement Committee is designed to assist PhD, MFA, and Post-Doctoral candidates in the application process for faculty positions in film, composition, literature, and creative writing by focusing on strategies for best representing one's candidacy in what has become a highly competitive job market. The committee works with candidates on how to compose and strengthen their CVs, cover letters, teaching portfolios, and other materials.

Annually, the committee conducts mock job interviews for prospective candidates.

The English graduate office keeps students advised of upcoming opportunities offered by the Graduate Placement Committee.

Read a recent analysis of the academic job market by Graduate Placement Committee chair Ryan McDermott.