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Graduate Placement

Graduate Placement

The Department of Philosophy has an excellent record of placing its students in major colleges and universities. According to the 2017 Academic Placement and Data Analysis report (http://placementdata.com), we rank 18th out of 135 Ph.D. programs surveyed in our overall placement rate into tenure track or other permanent positions, and 24th in our placement rate into departments that grant the Ph.D. As of 2019, our placement rate into tenure track or permanent positions is 49%; our placement rate into departments that grant the Ph.D. is 17% (http://placementdata.com/blog/).

The entire faculty is committed to the successful placement of every student in the program. This is facilitated by the Graduate Placement Officer, 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 more detailed placement record, please contact Uygar Abaci, Placement Officer, 2020-2021.

Recent Placements

The following is a summary of the placement record for the Penn State Philosophy Doctoral Program, from 2021 to 2005 (reverse chronological order).

Name

Initial Placement

Current Position

Tano PosteraroSocial Science and Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow at Concordia University (Montreal) 
Romy OppermanNew School for Social Research (postdoc) 
Emma VelezAssistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign 
Kaitlyn NewmanGeorgia College and State University (lecturer) 
Joseph BarkerUniversity of Liverpool (Clinical Research Governance Officer) 
Nathalie NyaJohn Carrol University (postdoc) 
Tiffany TsantsoulasAssistant Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Bakersfield 
Ursula RoessigerSiena College (Teaching Assistant Professor) 
Kristopher Klotz Lynn University (tenure track)  
Edward O’ByrnCarlton College (postdoc)Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Carlton College
Eyo EwaraUniversity of Texas, San Antonio (tenure track)Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
Daniel SmithUniversity of Memphis (Visiting Assistant Professor)University of Memphis (tenure track)
Shaeeda MensahTemple University (postdoc)McDaniel College (tenure track)
Lauren NuckolsCentral Washington University (Lecturer) 
Peter GiannopoulosUniversity of Central Florida (tenure track) 
William ParisNorthwestern University (postdoc)University of Toronto
Kimberly HarrisMarquette University (tenure-track) 
Desiree ValentineMarquette University (tenure-track) 
Aminah HasanFurman University (tenure-track) 
Axelle KareraWesleyan University (Visiting Assistant Professor)Emory University (tenure-track)
Lindsey StewartWellesley College (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow)University of Memphis (tenure-track)
Ryan PollockGrand Valley State (3 year Visiting Assistant Professor) 
André Rosenbaum de AvillezDel Mar College (Assistant Professor) (tenure-track) 
Ronke OkeWest Chester University (tenure-track) 
Shaheen MoosaNorth Central College (tenure-track) 
Deniz DurmuzJohn Carroll University (tenure-track) 
Jamiliah ShorterGeorgia College and State University (tenure-track)Holy Cross University
David JohnsonBoston College (tenure-track) 
Camisha RussellColorado College (Postdoctoral Fellow)University of Oregon (tenure-track)
Stephanie JenkinsOregon State University (tenure-track) 
Toby SvobodaFairfield University (tenure-track) 
Jesse BaileySacred Heart University (tenure-track) 
Michael ShleeterPacific Lutheran University (tenure-track) 
Mariana AlessandriUniversity of Texas Pan American (tenure-track) 
Alex StehnUniversity of Texas Pan American (tenure-track) 
Michael BrownsteinNew Jersey Institute of Technology (tenure-track) 
Masato IshidaUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa (tenure-track)University of Hawaii at Manoa (Associate Professor)
Julia LevinSaint Francis (tenure-track) 
Kyle GradyRhodes College (tenure-track)Freedom Preparatory Academy
Omer AygunGalatasaray University – Istanbul, Turkey (tenure-track) 
Michael DeereSalem State University (tenure-track) 
Christopher LauerUniversity of Hawaii at Hilo (tenure-track) 
Bryan LueckSouthern Illinois University at Edwardsville (tenure-track)Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Associate Professor)
Brian ArmstrongGeorgia Regents University (tenure-track) 
Leigh JohnsonRhodes College (tenure-track) 
Melanie ShepherdMisericordia University (tenure-track) 
Amy WendlingCreighton University (tenure-track) 
Cory WimberlyUniversity of Texas Pan American (tenure-track) 
Kirsten JacobsonUniversity of Maine at Orono (tenure-track)University of Maine at Orono (Associate Professor)
Hua Henry WangGeorgia College and State University (tenure-track) 
Ryan DrakeFairfield University (tenure-track) 
William RobertsMcGill University (tenure-track, Political Science) 
David O’HaraAugustana College (tenure-track)Augustana College (Associate Professor)
Hasana SharpMcGill University (tenure-track)McGill University (Associate Professor)
Lara TroutUniversity of Portland (tenure-track)