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EIU Department of English

Discover what these English alums are doing with their degrees:

LuceroNoel Lucero '11, Volunteer Engagement Manager
Noel provides insight into her career at the United Way of McLean County in Bloomington, Ill. Read more in Noel's Q&A ...


Leonard Grodoski Career ProfileLeonard Grodoski '10, English Teacher
"Lenny" as he's known at Grant Community High School, uses energy to connect with his students in the classroom and on the wrestling mat. Read more about Leonard's career...


Christen Smith Career ProfileChristen Smith '09, Contract Specialist
Christen's English major prepared her for law school and the job she now has at the University of St. Louis. Read more about Christen's career...


DeckardAaron Deckard '08, Academic and Career Counselor
As a counselor at WorkOne in Indiana, Aaron helps get people back to work. He says,  “the soul of an English major really shines” when he assists clients with various application documents. Read more about Aaron's career...  



Diedre Mapes '08, Outreach Literacy Librarian
Diedre works with children and teachers to promote literacy and early reading skills at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library in Junction City, Kansas. Read more about Deidre's career...


Ben MarcyBen Marcy '06, Instructor, University of Minnesota
As an instructor in the Leadership minor program, Ben uses his critical thinking skills to help his students "seek to understand." Read more about Ben's career...


SlicerNick Slicer '05, CHANCE Counselor
Northern Illinois University counselor Nick Slicer teaches his students to become better communicators. "I love the variety being a CHANCE counselor provides," he said. Read more about Nick's career...


HarrisJim Harris '86, Manager, Community College Instructor and Novelist
Jim proves that English majors can do anything. The 1986 graduate juggles a day job at an aerospace company, teaches community college courses, and is working on his third novel. Read more about Jim's career...


What can you do with an English major?  The better question might be, what do you want to do with your English major?  Click here to learn about some of the most common paths followed by English majors, including EIU graduates.

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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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