Meet our Alumni

The Graduate English Program at NDSU eagerly anticipates updates from our former students. We make an effort to maintain connections with all our alumni and love hearing from you. Share your journey as a graduate student in our program and explore the feedback from your fellow graduates below.  Go Bison!


2022 Graduates
  • Matthew Warner, Academic Support Specialist, NDSU Graduate School
2021 Graduates
  • Syeda Akter (MA), English Instructor, U of Bangladesh
  • Ibtissem Belmihoub, Executive Director, New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment
  • Amanda Watts, Instructor of Humanities, Minot State University
2020 Graduates
  • Anthony Albright, Training Specialist, Infinite Campus, Blaine, MN
  • Shane Gomes, Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy
  • Deborah Haley, Teacher, Central Cass High School, 10th ,12th, and dual credit English through VCSU
  • Ashleigh Petts, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, University of Houston-Downtown
2019 Graduates
  • Rowshan Chowdhury, Graduate Instructor, UMass Amherst - PhD English program
  • Dev Roy Shaibal, Graduate Instructor, U Southern CA, PhD English program
  • Hannah Stevens, Graduate Instructor, PhD Program in English, Utah State University
2018 Graduates
  • Krista Aldrich, Graduate Instructor, PhD Program in English, Louisiana State University
  • Taija Noel, Instructor/Professor, Red Lake Nation College
2017 Graduates
  • Justin Atwell (PhD), Lecturer, Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Steven Petherbridge (MA), Lecturer, Mayvile State University, ND
  • Emily Ruhland (MA), PhD Student and Graduate Instructor, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tatjana Schell, (formerly) Checkpoint Charlie Foundation (Berlin)
  • Jesse Wagner (MA), Kindergarten Teacher, West Fargo, ND 
  • Rebecca West (PhD), Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
    2016 Graduates
    2015 Graduates
    • Mary Laughlin (PhD), Assistant Professor of English, Cottey College for Women
    • Heather Steinmann (PhD), Assistant Professor of English, Western New Mexico University
    • Gina Kruschek (MA), PhD Candidate and Graduate Instructor, Department of English, East Carolina University
    2014 Graduates
    2011 Graduates

    Graduate Student Testimonials

    Massimo Verzella (PhD 2016)

    Assistant Professor of English and Writing Studies
    Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA USA

    “My experience as a graduate student at the NDSU English Department was invaluable for several reasons. The program is very well structured around key disciplinary areas that include literature, cultural studies, writing, and rhetoric. I particularly appreciated the cosmopolitan vision that inspires international collaborative projects such as the TAPP (Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Project), the spirit of innovation that drives the creation and development of courses, and the emphasis on collaborative work. But what makes the program truly exceptional is the availability of the teachers: Office doors are always open at the English department in an effort to build a close knit community around the values of scholarship, learning, and service.”

    Neelam Jabeen (PhD 2016)

    Assistant Professor of English
    International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

    "The PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture program provided me with an opportunity to explore my area of interest from a whole new perspective.

    The wide scope of the program enabled me to pursue my interest in literature and explore literary texts from different angles. The program’s emphasis on rhetoric sharpened my analytical skills that eventually led me to the unexplored areas of research in my interest area. 

    Besides the excellent academic environment, the things that I appreciate the most are the welcoming and friendly staff and faculty of the department. As an international student, NDSU, especially the English department has been a second home to me."

    Steven R. Hammer (PhD 2014)

    Assistant Professor of Communication & Digital Media
    St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA USA

    "In my time at NDSU, I learned to listen to the voices that are seldom heard in our society, reshape my own perspective of the world by acknowledging my own privilege, and stand (and march!) as an ally with those who need our support most.

    I was welcomed into a community of learning that crossed borders and reached beyond the walls of the classroom, and profoundly shaped what it means for me to be an engaged citizen wherever I live and work. I learned that my education is never really mine; to keep it I must share it with others."

    Alyson Guthrie (MA 2013)

    Technical Assistant
    Planned Parenthood, Moorhead, MN USA

    "I completed my M.A. in English at NDSU in 2013. My experience as a graduate student in the NDSU English Department was valuable in many ways. As a new, and slightly overwhelmed, graduate student in the fall of 2009, I was blown away by the level of support I received as both a student and teaching assistant.

    The program is designed in a way, so that one is never thrown into a class or teaching situation unprepared. In fact, the first semester is designed to ease a graduate student into a schedule that allows her to hone teaching and academic skills with intro classes, such as TA Strategies.

    Furthermore, the NDSU English Department encourages graduate instructors to tweak their courses with innovative lessons, and to share these experiences at workshops and conferences. As a graduate instructor, I felt supported, encouraged, and inspired.

    In addition, I had the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses. When I enrolled in the program, I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to take, but I was able to study linguistics, grant writing, writing in the sciences, and I was able to participate in a teaching and administrative field experience.

    Finally, when it came time to begin my M.A. Paper, I was able to research and write about a social, political, and cultural issue that mattered to me, which led to my current job with Planned Parenthood. While I entered the NDSU English Department nervous and maybe even clueless, I came out of the program with direction, confidence, and skills I carry with me both inside and outside of academia."

    Abigail Bakke (MA 2011)

    Assistant Professor of Technical Communication
    Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN USA

    Abigail Bakke completed her PhD in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and research have focused on internet communication, health and medical communication, research methods, and rhetoric.

    "As an MA student at NDSU, I got practice in many of the tasks required of me as a doctoral student and now as a faculty member: research collaborations, teaching, program administration, committee work, and conference planning and presenting. The faculty members were always supportive of me pursuing these opportunities."

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