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Welcome to the English Department Alumni Page! We’re glad you’re visiting us virtually and would love to have you visit us in person. To facilitate a visit, we’ve included travel and parking information here: Directions & Parking. We also invite you to scroll down and explore profiles of our alumni to see the many career and professional options that are available to English majors!

If you are an alum yourself, we would love to learn more about you, what you’ve been doing since graduation, and how your experience in the WKU English Department helped you in your life and career, so please complete our ALUMNI SURVEY. If you would be willing to allow us to share your story, we’re in the process of producing alumni profiles for the web to help all alumni keep track of each other and to help prospective and current majors learn about the possibilities of an English major. Just check the box on the survey if we can share your story.

All best wishes,

Alison Langdon

Head of English 

2019 English Department Alumni Gathering

 

To read more about each alumni, click on their name. 

Most Recently Written Profiles

 

Thomas Deaton

Thomas Deaton

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2019

Public Management MA Student,

Johns Hopkins University

Written: Summer 2021

 

 

 

Keightley

Keightley Dudgeon

B.A. Arabic, minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

Class of 2019

ESL & Citizenship Instructor, Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Written: Spring 2021

 

Kylie

Kylie Carlson

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2019

User Experience Designer

Written: Summer 2021

 

 

 

 

Emily

Emily Falica

B.A. Asian Religions & Cultures; Minor in Professional Writing & Political Science

Class of 2020

English as a Second Language Teacher, South Korea

Written: Spring 2021

 

Kalyn

Kalyn Johnson

B.A. Professional Writing

Class of 2017

Resindence Life Area Coordinator & Center for Diversity & Inclusion Program Coordinator, Franklin College

Written: Fall 2020

Alayna

Mariah Knowles

M.A. English, Rhetoric & Composition

Class of 2018

Project Assistant & Teaching Aide and Badger Precollege Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Written: Fall 2021

 

 

Bethany

Alayna Milby

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2014

Director of Community Engagement Hope Harbor

Written: Spring 2020

 

Robin

Bethany Pastorial

B.A. English

Class of 2006

Founder & Photographer, Bethany P Photography

Written: Fall 2020

 

 

 

Molly

Robin Pryor

B.A. English, ESL

Class of 2004

HR Generalist, Derby Fabricating Solutions

Written: Spring 2020

 

 

 

 

Marisa

Molly Swietek

B.A. English Literature

Class of 1999

Director of Public Relations and Grants, Life Works

Written: Fall 2020

 

 

 

 

Molly

Marisa Williams

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2018

News Producer and Multi-Media Journalist

Written: Summer 2021

 

Marisa

William Williford

B.A. English & MA English

Class of 2018 & 2021

Legal Scholar

Written: Spring 2021

 

 

 

 


 Alphabetical List of Profiles

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Corey Alderdice

B.A., M.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2004 and 2006

Director, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Meg All

B.A. English Language and Literature

Class of 2012

Student Chapter Lead & EDI Program Coordinator, SPIE

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

 

Wayne Arnold

Dr. Wayne Arnold

M.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2007

Associate Professor, University of Kitakyushu

Revised: Summer 2019

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Maggie Austin

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2011

Director of Professional Writing, KirkpatrickPrice

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Marci Babula

Marci Babula

B.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2004

Healthcare Editor, Hammock, Inc.

Written: Fall 2015

 

Kevin Blankenship

Kevin Blankenship

B.A. English

Class of 1998

Chief Information Officer, Volunteer State Community College

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Mary Boothe

Mary Boothe

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2014

Judicial Law Clerk, Monroe County Court of Common Pleas

Written: Spring 2018

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Jennifer Bradbury

M.A. English

Class of 2004

Former High School English Teacher

Young Adult Fiction Author

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Dr. Chet Breaux

M.A. English

Class of 2011

Writing Center Director, Athens State University

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Jack Bryant

Jack Bryant

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2004

Associate Professor & Director of the Cinema, Photography, & Media Arts Program, Ithaca College

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

Haley Cade

Haley Cade

B.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2013

Director of Enrollment Services, Wiley Education Services

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

Carla Carlton

Carla Carlton

B.A. English

Class of 1988

Director of Development Communications, Bellarmine University

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Thomas Cherry

Thomas Cherry

M.A. English, Literature

Class of 2014

Graduate Assistant and Ph.D. Student, University of Cincinnati

Written: Spring 2018

 

 

 

 

                                                   

Dr. Cindy Childress

Dr. Cindy Childress

B.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2000

The Expert's Ghostwriter and Founder, Childress Business Communication

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Brandon Colvin

Brandon Colvin

B.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2010

Filmmaker & Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

Callie Compton

Callie Compton

M.A. Rhetoric and Composition

Class of 2016

Business & Document Development, Data Concepts, Inc.

Written: Spring 2018

 

 

 

Michael Croley

Michael Croley

B.A. Government, Minor in Writing

Class of 2000

Professor, Denison University

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Craig

Craig Dezern

B.A. English

Class of 1986

Vice President of Global Brand Communications, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Seth

Seth Dukes

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2015

Newsroom Coordinator, Mead County Messenger

Revised: Summer 2019

 

Morgan Eklund

Morgan Eklund

B.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2011

Program Assistant and Registrar, Governor's School for the Arts

Written: Fall 2015

Caleb

Caleb Ernst

B.A. English & Allied Language Arts

Class of 2010

English Teacher, Elizabethtown High School

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

Mara

Mara Farmer

B.A. English for Secondary Teachers

Class of 2016

M.L.S. Student, University of Kentucky

English Teacher, George Rogers Clark High School

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

Shawna

Shawna Felkins

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2013

Primary Instructor, University of Kentucky

Written: Fall 2016

 

 

Ford

Sam Ford

B.A. English, Writing

Class of 2005

Director of Cultural Intelligence, Tiller Press

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Adrianna

Adriana Funke

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2016

International Rights Director, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Garrett

M.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2010

English Teacher, Dallas County High School

Written: Fall 2016

 

 

 

James

James Robert Garrett, III

M.A. Literature

Class of 2014

High School English Teacher, Breckinridge County High School

Written: Spring 2018

 

morgan gossett

Morgan Gossett

B.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2018

Admissions Counselor, Western Kentucky University

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Hannah Gray

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2016

Transit Grant & Compliance Coordinator, Community Action of Southern Kentucky

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

morgan gossett

Anthony Gross, M.A.

B.A. Literature

Class of 2014

Online Composition Instructor, University of Louisville; Senior Online Advisor, The Learning House, Inc.

Written: Summer 2019

Dr. T. Ryan Hall

Dr. T. Ryan Hall

M.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2008

President, ESLI, Western Kentucky University

Written: Spring 2018

 

 

 

Hilary Harlan

Hilary Harlan

B.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2014

Outreach Library Associate, Bexley Public LIbrary; M.L.I.S. Student, Kent State University

Written: Spring 2019

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Jana Harrison

B.A. Professional Writing

Class of 2014

Commercial Manager, Deliveroo

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

Adam Henze

Adam Henze

B.A. English, Writing

Class of 2006

Ph.D. Candidate & Research Associate, Indiana University

Revised: Summer 2019

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Rachel Hoge

B.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2014

MFA Graduate, Editor and Contributing Author

Written: Fall 2017

 

 

Adam Henze

Jennifer Howard

B.A. English for Secondary Teachers

Class of 2014

English Teacher, Russellville High School

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Holly Hudnall, M.A.

B.A. English & Allied Language Arts

Class of 2009

Coordinator, The Writing Center, Cecil College

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Dr. Joseph Hurtgen

M.A. English, Literature

Class of 2006

Science Fiction Author & Critic

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Hurtgen

Tyler Jackson

B.A. English 

Class of 2010

Technical Writer & Comedian

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

 

 

anthony gross

Jarred Johnson

B.A. English Language and Literature

Class of 2016

Communications Officer, German Center for Research and Innovation

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

 

 

Leigh Johnson

Dr. Leigh Johnson

M.A. English

Class of 2005

Associate Professor of English, Marymount University

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Jackson

Seth Johnson

B.A. English, Writing

Class of 2005

Technical Writier, Humana Inc. Written: Fall 2015

 

 

 

Seth Johnson

Joshua Johnston

B.A. English, Creative Writing

Class of 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Student, Florida State University

Written: Spring 2019

 

Dr. Robert Hale

Kelly Kamp

B.A. English, Professional Writing Class of 2017

Graphic Design & Communications Specialist, National Association for State Procurement Officials

Revised: Spring 2019

Kari

Kari Keech-Babcock

Class of 2011

Administrative Assistant, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

Written: Fall 2015

 

Bryson

Bryson Keltner

B.A. Professional Writing

Class of 2017

International Recruitment & Admissions Counselor, Western Kentucky University

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

Meg Kennedy

Meg Kennedy

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2013

Proposal and Technical Writer, Gordon-Darby

Written: Summer 2019

 

Mac Kern

Mac Kern

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2013

Information Security Auditor, KirkpatrickPrice

Revised: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Jesse Knifely

Jesse Knifely

 

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2009

Coordinator of Technology and Communications, The Center for Gifted Studies

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Chaz Lively

Chaz Lively

 

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2016

Technical Writer, KirkpatrickPrice

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

Chaz Lively

Laura Long

 

B.A. English, Language & Literature

Class of 2013

Digital Marketing Manager, Nashville Rescue Mission

Revised: Summer 2019

 

jana harrison

Robert Lucas

 

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2014

Freelance Copywriter

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Long

Kellie McDermott

 

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2016

Training & Documentation Consultant, HealthTech Solutions

Revised: Summer 2019

 

Kellie McDermott

Cole McDowell

 

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2016

Roman Catholic Seminarian, Catholic University of America

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Cole McDowell

Jason Meares

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2006

Attorney

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Jason Meares

Melissa Messer

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2007

Freelance Art Director

Written: Spring 2016

 

 

Melissa Messer

Amanda Moore, J.D.

B.A. English

Class of 1997

Director of Online Content & Communities, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Written: Spring 2016

 

 

Amanda Moore

Matthew Morgan

B.A. English, Language & Literature

Class of 2005

Intelligence Officer, United States Military

Written: Spring 2016

robert lucas

Dr. Brittany Moster

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2015

Editorial Assistant for Modernist Cultures and Writing Tutor, University of Birmingham

Written: Summer 2019

 

kennedy

Frank Muller

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2002

Supervisory Copyright Examiner, United States Copyright Office

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Matthew Morgan

Pamela Napier

B.A. English

Class of 1978

Director of Sponsored Programs, Agnes Scott College

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

 

Pamela Napier

Jill Owen

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2011

Lecturer, Baylor Unversity

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owens

Quinton Owens, M.A.E.

B.A. English

Class of 2013

English Teacher, Apollo High School

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

Anne

Anne Padilla

Ed.S., Linguistics & ESL

Class of 1987

Teacher, Bowling Green High School

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

 

 

Pamela Napier

Lyndsey Pender, M.A.

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2015

Research & Evaluation Specialist, The Works, Inc.

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

 

moster

Sam Plappert, M.A.

B.A. English

Class of 2008

Associate Creative Director, Power

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Napier

Abby Ponder

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2015

Marketing Specialist, Maury Regional Health

Revised: Summer 2019

 

Pamela Napier

Tara Regan

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2004

Corporate & Foundation Relations Development Officer, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

Pamela Napier

Brittany Ryan

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2008

Interim Associate Officer of Strategy Planning and Management; Agricultural Department,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Revised: Fall 2020

Pamela Napier

Eileen Ryan

B.A. English for Secondary Teachers

Class of 2010

English Teacher, Collins High School

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

 

 

Pamela Napier

CJ Scruton

M.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2017

Ph.D. Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Revised: Fall 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Napier

Jamie Ogles Slye, M.P.A.

B.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2010

Director of External Relations, Volunteers of America Mid-States

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

 

Pamela Napier

Faidra Smith

B.A. English & Allied Language Arts

Class of 1991

Public Information Coordinator, Hilton Head Island

Certified Legal Assistant

Written: Fall 2015

 

 

Pamela Napier

Dr. Samuel Stinson

M.A. English, Literature

Class of 2012

Assistant Professor, Minot State University

Revised: Summer 2019

 

Pamela Napier

Dr. Derick Strode

B.A. English, Literature

Class of 2003

Director for Regional Campuses, WKU

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Pamela Napier

Shayna Tyree

M.A. English

Class of 2012

English Teacher, Hart County High School

Written: Spring 2018

 

volpi

Sara Volpi

M.A. Rhetoric & Composition

Class of 2012

Kentucky Book Festival Director & Special Projects Coordinator, Kentucky Humanities

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

 

Clinton

Clinton Waters

 

B.A. Creative Writing

Class of 2012

Jr. E-Commerce Specialist, Inked. Influencer Commerce

Written: Summer 2019

 

 

Pamela Napier

Leslie Watkins

 

B.A. English, M.A. English

Class of 1986 & 1988

Senior Director of Planned Giving, Western KentuckyUniversity

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

Kaitlin Westbrook

Kaitlin Westbrook

 

B.A. Creative Writing

Class of 2014

Content Specialist, Campaign Monitor

Written: Spring 2019

 

pender-lindsey

Allison Willian, M.B.A.

B.A. English & Allied Language Arts

Class of 1999

Strategic Account Manager, Essilor of America, Inc

Written: Summer 2019

 

Chantel

Chantel Wilson

 

B.A. English, English Literature

Class of 2014

Equal Employment Opportunity & Title IX Assistant, Western Kentucky University

Written: Spring 2019

 

 

 

d winters

Dr. Dawn Winters

 

M.A. English Language & Literature

Class of 2009

English Instructor, ESLi at Western Kentucky University

Revised: Summer 2019

 

 

Pamela Napier

Teresa Witcher

 

M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language

Class of 2014

International Academic Advisor, Iowa State University

Written: Fall 2017

 

 

 

Shane

Shane Wood

B.A. English Literature

Class of 2011

Assistant Professor of English, University of Southern Mississippi

Revised Summer 2019

 

 

Skylar

Skylar Wooden

B.A. English, Professional Writing

Class of 2014

Co-founder, Pare and Flourish & Copywriter, Wooden Writes

Revised: Summer 2019

 

                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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