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Alumni Profiles
Our alumni are often very successful following completion of their graduate work in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's English Department. Below are a few profiles of graduates over the years; a chart of all graduates over the last the last five years is available at the bottom of the Doctor of Philosophy program page. We also have available an Excel file with the employment information for every graduate of the Ph.D. program in English since Andrew Hirt earned the program's first doctorate in 1972.
  • Joe Camhi, Ph.D., is teaching in the Los Angeles area and marketing a script.
  • Wiley Cash, Ph.D., has published two novels for HarperCollins, A Land More Kind than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy.
  • Meagan Cass , Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English at University of Illinois-Springfield, and is currently fiction coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology.
  • Geoffrey Elliott, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • Billy Fontenot, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Eunice, Louisiana.
  • Brandon Gramer, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English at Brookdale Communicty College in New Jersey.

  • Lana Henry, Ph.D. (2004) is a freelance writer and editor in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her first book, Passing a Century in the Atchafalaya Basin, was published in 2006 and is available at the Lafayette Barnes & Noble. She is currently at work on a second business/family/community history, Down by the Riverside: 75 Years of Memories and Fine Cajun Cuisine from the Family, Friends, and Staff of Poor Boy's Riverside Inn.
  • Rick Hill, Ph.D., is Professor of Writing and Literature at Point Loma Nazarene University, Coordinator of the Writing major, and study-abroad specialist. He has published two academic books and one book of poetry, plus numerous poems, essays, short stories, and articles in magazines and journals.
  • Ric Jahna, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Western Arizona College in Yuma. His book True Kin (OSU Press, 2008) won the Ohio State University Press Prize in Short Fiction.
  • Michael Jauchen, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire.
  • Diane Langlois, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Eunice, Louisiana.
  • Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English at Misericordia University. He has recently co-edited a collection of essays, Affirming the Gold Thread: Aldington, Hemingway, Pound & Imagism in Torcello and Venice (Florida English, 2014). Other publications include a critical monograph, Hemingway's Dark Night: Catholic Influences and Intertextualities in the Works of Ernest Hemingway (New Street Communications, 2013), and an anthology of poetry, Kentucky: Poets of Place (Des Hymnagistes Press, 2012).
  • Elsa Rogers, Ph.D., is Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at International College in Southwestern Florida.
  • Allison Segura, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English at Alcorn State, Mississippi.
  • Victoria Spaniol, Ph.D., is a member of the graduate faculty of Arkansas State University.
  • Mary Alice Trent, Ph.D., is is the Division Chair of Modern Languages and Literature at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.
  • Both 1997 ULL Ph.D. grads, Stephanie and John Vanderslice are Professors in the Department of Writing and Speech at the University of Central Arkansas. John was just tenured as assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He has published over forty short stories in literary magazines, including Crazyhorse and the Mid-American Review and is currently feverishly working on his third novel, Yellow, set in the south of France, while still shopping his second novel, Burnt Norway, to agents and publishers. Stephanie is a tenured associate professor and director of the ten-year old Great Bear Writing Project. She recently guest edited the January 2009 special issue of College English, Creative Writing in the 21st Century, with her frequent collaborator, Dr. Kelly Ritter. With Dr. Ritter, she has also published Can It Really Be Taught: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy (Heinemann 2007) and Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates: A Resource and Guide (forthcoming, Fountainhead) as well as scholarly essays in numerous edited collections and journals. She has also recently published personal essays in Knowing Pains: Women Writer's on Love, Sex and Work in their Forties (as seen on the Today show, January '09) and in Marguerite Bouvard's collection, Mothers In All But Name. She has also co-authored Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates and Can It Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy (both with Kelly Ritter). She also writes a blog on writing and teaching writing, with a little family life lagniappe thrown in, at www.wordamour.wordpress.com.
  • Wendy Whelan-Stewart, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English at McNeese State University in Louisiana.
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Document last revised Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:51 AM

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