Higher Education Teaching and Administration

Job Description

A professor of English teaches next to a brown chalk board.

Many of our graduate alumni continue their academic careers as educators and administrators in higher education. From lecturers to postdoctoral fellows to tenure-track positions, careers in higher education take a variety of forms. Beyond teaching, our graduate alumni in higher education produce research, provide institutional and/or departmental service, and mentor undergraduate students. As administrators, our alumni oversee college or university departments, programs of study, staff, faculty, curricula, budgets, and more.

For a sample of graduate alumni in higher education, please see below. More information regarding each alumni's career can be found by clicking on the name of the individual. Several of our graduate alumni initially find and subsequently leave academic jobs as they transition into new careers. For a more extensive list of alumni who previously held academic jobs, see the initial placements.

For more information on exploring career options, including how to do informational interviews in careers of interest, see the Graduate College's Career Exploration page.


Graduate Alumni in Higher Education Teaching

Alumni Discipline at UIUC Job Title
María Carvajal Regidor

Writing Studies

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Silas Cassinelli Literature Assistant Professor, Virgina Tech
Debojoy Chanda Literature Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, Indian Institute of Management
John Claborn Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Chekwube Danladi Creative Writing Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow, University of Wisconsin
John Dudek Creative Writing Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Patrick Fadely Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Frank Garcia Literature Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Eman Ghanayem Literature

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell University

Shawn Gilmore Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Inhye Ha Literature Assistant Professor, Incheon National University
Christine Hedlin Literature ACLS Leading Edge Postdoctoral Fellowship
Marilyn Holguin Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Michael Hurley Creative Writing Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Annie Kelvie Writing Studies Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Writing Program, Eureka College
Merton Lee Literature Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Fellow, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging, School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland
Mary Lindsey Writing Studies Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Coral Lumbley Literature Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Liberal Studies, New York University
Julie McCormick-Weng Literature Assistant Professor, Texas State
Heather McLeer Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Zachariah McVicker Creative Writing Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Helen Makhdoumian Literature Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellowship in Armenian Studies, University of Michigan
Jessica Mercado Literature Visiting Clinical Instructor, Purdue University
Nat Mesnard Creative Writing Visiting Faculty Member, Pratt Institute; Published Writer and Game Designer
Dave Morris Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Andrew Moss Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
John Musser Literature Visiting Lecturer in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburg
Katharine Norcross Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Ben O'Dell Literature Assistant Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College
Samantha Plasencia Literature Visiting Assistant Professor, Colby College
Isabel Quintana Wulf Literature Assistant Professor, Salisbury University
Crystal Rudds Literature Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Jordan Sellers Literature Specialized Faculty, UIUC
Patricia Sunia Literature Assistant Professor of English, Graceland University
Daniel Tracy Literature Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, UIUC
Nicole Turnipseed Writing Studies

Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy, University of Toronto, Mississauga 

Elyse Vigiletti Literature Full-time Lecturer, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
Jessica Young Literature Assistant Professor of Global English, New College of Florida


Graduate Alumni in Higher Education Administration

Alumni Discipline at UIUC

Job Title

María Carvajal Regidor Writing Studies Writing Center Co-Director and Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Maria Gillombardo Literature Research Development Manager, UIUC
Evin Groundwater Writing Studies Associate Director of Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, University of California, Irvine
Annie Kelvie Writing Studies Coordinator of the Writing Program and Assistant Professor of English, Eureka College
Alaina Pincus Literature Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, Humanities Research Institute, UIUC
Michael Simeone Literature Director for Data Science and Analytics, Arizona State University
Robert Steltman Literature Executive Assistant Dean, Academic Advising, Academic Integrity, UIUC
Erin Grogan Literature Assistant Director for Graduate Student Engagement in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Graduate College, UIUC