Shun Pounds Quote
I’ve always wanted to write for a living, and now, I get exposure to a professional writing setting with a built-in career path. Instead of just being a writer, I can learn more about multiple aspects of communication and public affairs. I can learn about publication and project management. The possibilities are vast now.
Oline Eaton Quote
The feelings when Finding Jackie: A Life Reinvented—which is my first book and came out of my doctoral work at King’s—was published in early 2023 aren’t possible to explain, but I can say truthfully that being in the English department at Mississippi State was a significant part of the long journey towards that moment.
Lecturer, First Year Writing Program
Lyndsi Naron Quote
Writers have power over people even if they don't want it. It is a lot of responsibility to make sure you do publish honest and interesting news and information.
Office Manager and Writer
Hayley Pounds Quote
Ever since my first experience of traveling abroad, I have always wanted a career that puts me in contact with people from a variety of backgrounds. This mindset led me to Peace Corps and ultimately to the position that I’m in now.
International Student Advisor
Christopher Ellzey Quote
One of the biggest misconceptions I run into (seemingly constantly), is the assumption that in order to become a mental health professional one needs an undergraduate degree in the field of psychology or something comparable.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Carrie Mastley Quote
Sharing historical, one-of-a-kind materials with others is one of my greatest joys. To see the excitement in a student or researcher’s eyes when they find materials related to their research interests never gets old!
Assistant Professor and Curator of Material Culture
Kristen Dechert Quote
The skill I gained as an English major that I have used most consistently is critical thinking. As an English major, I was trained to read carefully and to formulate my own ideas and responses both in writing and orally in class. Through class discussion and writing papers, I learned not just how to remember what I had read but to build upon it in a meaningful way, and it is this ability that I credit most when I have had opportunities for promotion and career advancement.
Proposal Writer/Production Specialist
Kelsey Norris Quote
I currently write fiction full-time, so my workday consists of writing, reading, and editing. House Gone Quiet, my debut short story collection, will publish in October 2023 and I am currently at work on a novel.
Katie Poe Quote
"I am currently an Associate Production Editor at the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), which is located in Washington, DC. The journal publishes academic articles written by professionals and academics in the public health field. I began working at AJPH in 2021 as Journal Production Coordinator, and after some months got promoted to editor. Now I primarily work on what we call “special” issues, which are fully Open Access issues (aka free to read) that cover specific topics, such as structural racism, COVID-19 testing in underserved populations, and lead exposure, to name a few. My role specifically oversees the production process, which begins after articles are accepted for publication. I edit articles for grammar, style, and consistency, and I manage a team of freelance copyeditors and proofreaders who do the same."
Associate Production Editor
Margaret Pitts Quote
My favorite classes were my Creative Writing classes--I learned a lot about myself during these. However, truly the best part of being an English major was building friendships that have continued beyond college!
Breana Miller Quote
Though I learned more about genre in grad school, I also find myself analyzing the genres we use in the office (postcards, flyers, newsletters, emails, invoices, release forms, application documents, etc.) in order to make sure I understand their purpose and function in the event that I have to recreate or redesign them.
Administrative Services Specialist - Outreach
Melody Pittman Dale Quote
Making connections is so important; go out and meet people in the field! Talk to them about pros and cons of the job, shadow them for a day, and volunteer at different types of libraries.
Melody Pittman Dale
Associate Professor (Education and Business Librarian Organization)