Non-academic career options are an increasingly exciting and fulfilling option for Ph.D. graduates. Take for example, recent graduates of Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department’s Ph.D. programs, Kurt Sampsel (LCS’15) and Matthew Zebrowski (Rhetoric’15), who are both pursuing nonprofit careers in civic engagement.
With 2016 being an election year, Emily Dobler (DC’13) says POLITCO Pro, where she is a copy editor, is more fast-paced and exciting than it already is. Dobler, a Carnegie Mellon University English and professional writing double major, recently joined the POLITICO Pro team, a subscription-based offshoot of the popular politics online magazine, POLITICO.
It’s been over a decade since Elisabeth Finch graduated, yet she continues to live and breathe the university’s motto, “My heart is in the work.” Finch, who majored in creative writing and professional writing and minored in drama, is constantly working in various Hollywood writing roles. She’s a writer for “Grey’s Anatomy” and between seasons, Finch periodically works with IAMA Theatre Company writing one-act plays for the company’s 23 Hour Plays Fest and IAMAFest.MORE
As the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission's new executive director, Sarah York Rubin hopes to work with other members of the commission to make art increasingly accessible to diverse residents across Santa Barbara County. Even while she was studying in Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts in Rhetoric program, Rubin demonstrated leadership potential—one of the characteristics that helped her earn a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
From organizing museum exhibits to developing lecture series, two Carnegie Mellon literary and cultural studies (LCS) alumni are engaging communities into conversation in diverse ways. Rachel Delphia (LCS’03), the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman curator of decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, is really excited to share with the public an untold story of design in Pittsburgh through the museum’s current exhibit.MORE
While Braden Kelner was working towards his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he had his heart set on one thing—working in journalism. A private equity editorial internship at Dow Jones, a passion for journalism and being digital savvy would soon help turn his dream into reality.MORE
There is a good chance that your favorite TV show or movie has a connection to Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department. From “Toy Story” to the hottest sci-fi television hits, creative writing alumni are writing, producing and directing. As the co-executive producer of the CW Television Network series “The 100,” Javier Grillo-Marxuach (DC’91) works closely with showrunner Jason Rothenberg to bring the program’s dark vision to life.MORE
After working as a successful freelance writer and publications manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, Keith Spencer started pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz – a notable Ph.D. program.MORE
In his new book, Adam Lazarus(DC’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus’ “Hail to the Redskins” looks into Gibb’s career from a fresh perspective.
Ever since Michael Rectenwald earned a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from CMU in 2004, he’s been a prolific writer of significant books. In less than 12 months, he will have published three books, including his most recent, “Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age,” that he co-edited with distinguished Victorianist scholar George Levine.MORE
As Carnegie Mellon University alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC’14) goes through the lengthy process of applying to some of the best medical schools in the country, including Columbia, Duke and Harvard, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine. MORE
Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies Alum Michael Dwyer’s first book “Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties” is not your usual coffee table read looking at 1950s nostalgia.
The Idaho Prize for Poetry has selected “Fugitives,” a manuscript by Creative Writing alumna Danielle Pieratti (CMU’00), as its 2015 winner. A national poetry competition, the prize annually awards a poet $1,000 for the best book-length collection.MORE
Three Carnegie Mellon University filmmakers are competing to win $100K. “We’ve Met Before” is a short film directed by Yulin Kuang, who earned her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing and international relations and politics in 2012. MORE
Marci Calabretta has won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series, the award is given annually for excellent new book-length works. Calabretta, who received her bachelor of arts degree in English from CMU’s Department of English and had an additional major in creative writing, won for “Hour of the Ox,” a collection of poetry about an immigrant family that will be published next year.MORE
It’s safe to say that Brittany McCandless (DC’08) knew she wanted to be a journalist at a young age. When most kids were playing house or school, McCandless and her brother would take anything that they could get their hands on — such as a TV manual or a book — and turn them into scripts to play news anchors.
Carnegie Mellon alumna Amy Berger’s (CW’00) new e-book, “The Alzheimer’s Antidote,” is a remedy for preventing the fear, confusion, and hopelessness Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients and their caregivers feel.
Gay Giordano recently published her first poetry collection of dreamlike poems, "Waking From So Rich A Nightmare." “It is a homage to the lost and sad people I see, read about, and find in literature,” said Giordano who graduated with a B.A. in creative writing in 1982. “I grew up in New York City and walked in and around these stories all my life.”
In “Entextualizing Domestic Violence: Language Ideology and Violence Against Women in the Anglo-American Hearsay Principle,” Ph.D. in Rhetoric alumna Jennifer Andrus discusses how legal views about language, or languages ideologies, fit with, reproduce and recirculate ideas about victims of domestic violence.MORE
Graduate professional writing alumni, John Geyer and Samantha Reynard, recently won Merit Awards in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Touchstone Competition for documentation they created while working at Salesforce, a global cloud computing company known for being the global leader in Customer Relationship Management.MORE
Ann Blakeslee has received the Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research in Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). This annual award honors STC members who have made significant contributions to technical communication practice and teaching through their research. The STC is the oldest and largest professional association for technical communicators. Its members are spread throughout every continent and industry in the world.
In light of the recent scandal at Penn State, alum LeAnn Neal Reilly will be donating a portion of the proceeds from her latest novel, Saint Sebastian's Head, to the Heath Evans Foundation, a charity that provides counseling and therapy to victims of childhood sexual abuse.MORE
Alum Jewell Parker Rhodes has been nominated for the "Best Historical Author" award from the GoOn Girl! Book Club for her novel, Douglass' Women. The winner of the award will be announced at the club's 20th Anniversary Gala on May 21, 2011, in Washington, D.C.MORE
Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy has awarded the "Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship" to Carnegie Mellon alum John Ackerman and David Coogan, editors of The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-Scholars and Civic Engagement. MORE
Congratulations to Ann M. Blakeslee for her elevation to the rank of Fellow by The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). Dr. Blakeslee graduated from CMU with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric in 1992 and is now a professor at Eastern Michigan University.MORE
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the 2010 winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award for her manuscript But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise. Bertram graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with degrees in Creative Writing and Hispanic Studies.MORE
On January 27th at 12:00 pm, alumnus Jim Stratman, who was a member of the English Department's very first Ph.D. in Rhetoric class, will be running a workshop at the University of Pittsburgh's law school.MORE
Noted choreographer and classical dancer Oopali Operajita (MAPW '95) served as the artistic director and choreographer for the Concert for President Barack Obama, hosted by Indian President Pratibha Patil at India's presidential palace on November 8, 2010.MORE
Adam Lazarus (MAPW '06), along with Carnegie Mellon History Professor Steven Schlossman, co-authored the recently published book "Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont" (New American Library, 2010).MORE
Veronica Olson (MAPW '10) is the 2010 recipient of the Erwin R. Steinberg MAPW Scholarship. Each year, this scholarship is awarded to the 3rd semester MAPW who excels in Style, a course that Steinberg taught for many years in the MAPW program.MORE
Alumna Oopali Operajita is dedicating her talents to a good cause: global sustainability. In 2007, Operajita (MAPW '95) created the Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition, of which she is chair and founder, in honor of Nobel Laureate Al Gore.MORE
MAPW and Rhetoric alumnus Karen Schriver has won this year's Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) Award for Excellence in Program Assessment with CMU Professor Dick Hayes (Psychology).MORE
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