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The Department of Philosophy has an excellent record of placing its students in major colleges and universities.  The entire faculty is committed to the successful placement of every student in the program.  This is facilitated by the , who organizes placement workshops, arranges for mock interviews and works closely with students to put together a compelling CV and dossier.

It is important that students recognize that successful placement is a matter of professional development throughout the course of graduate education, and not just at its end.  The department’s interest in its alumni does not cease when they have found their first position; it endeavors to stay in touch with them and is prepared to offer further assistance in the advancement of their careers.

Notable past graduates of the Penn State Philosophy Ph.D. Program:

Robert Pippin at the University of Chicago
Iris Marion Young at the University of Chicago (deceased)
Cindy Willet at Emory University
Todd May at Clemson University.
Shannon Winnubst at Ohio State University
David Roochnik, Chair of Philosophy at Boston University
Drew Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
Jacob Howland, McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at The University of Tulsa
Charles Griswold, Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
William Desmond, Professor of Philosophy, Katholieck Universiteit Leuven, Institute of Philosophy

For a more detailed placement record, please contact Eduardo Mendieta, Placement Officer, 2016-2017.

Recent Placements

The following is a summary of the placement record for the Penn State Philosophy Doctoral Program, from 2016 to 2005 (reverse chronological order).

Ryan Pollock Grand Valley State (3 year Visiting Assistant Professor)
Lindsey Stewart Wellesley College (Post-Doc)
André Rosenbaum de Avillez Del Mar College (Tenure Track)
Ronke Oke West Chester University (Tenure Track)
Shaheen Moosa North Central College (tenure-track)
Deniz Durmuz John Carroll University (tenure-track)
Axelle Karera Wesleyan University (visiting assistant professor)
Jamiliah Shorter Georgia College and State University (tenure-track)
David Johnson Boston College (tenure-track)
Camisha Russell Colorado College (post-doctoral fellowship)
Stephanie Jenkins Oregon State University (tenure-track)
Toby Svoboda Fairfield University (tenure-track)
Jesse Bailey Sacred Heart University (tenure track)
Michael Shleeter Pacific Lutheran University (tenure track)
Mariana Alessandri University of Texas Pan American (tenure-track)
Alex Stehn University of Texas Pan American (tenure-track)
Michael Brownstein New Jersey Institute of Technology (tenure track)
Masato Ishida University of Hawaii at Manoa (tenure track)
Julia Levin Saint Francis (tenure track)
Kyle Grady Rhodes College (tenure track)
Omer Aygun Galatasaray University – Istanbul, Turkey (tenure track)
Michael Deere Salem State University (tenure track)
Christopher Lauer University of Hawaii at Hilo (tenure track)
Bryan Lueck Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (tenure track)
Brian Armstrong Georgia Regents University (tenure-track)
Leigh Johnson Rhodes College (tenure track)
Melanie Shepherd Misericordia University (tenure track)
Amy Wendling Creighton University (tenure track)
Cory Wimberly University of Texas Pan American (tenure track)
Kirsten Jacobson University of Maine at Orono (associate professor)
Hua Henry Wang Georgia College and State University (tenure track)
Ryan Drake Fairfield University (tenure-track)
William Roberts McGill University (tenure track, Political Science)
David O’Hara Augustana College (associate professor)
Hasana Sharp McGill University (associate professor)
Lara Trout University of Portland (tenure track)