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What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?

Or perhaps the better question would be, "what has been done?"

Here's a list of just some of the accomplishments for Butler English alumni.

  • Allison Denton '12 is an Upper School English teacher at the International School of Indiana. 
  • Joe Wadlington '11 is a Search Media Author for the Indianapolis Company, Slingshot SEO. Joe writes blog articles for at least four different companies each day. His prompts are fun, interesting and diverse, ranging from: "You are a young, female fashion blogger in a Chicago Law School with a dog named Sir Pugs-a-lot" to "Write about Grilling."
  • Ros Lederman '11 is working to complete her first year in the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia College Chicago, where she is pursuing a degree in Non-Fiction writing. Ros is also teaching first year writing courses as a graduate student instructor. She has an unusual fascination with Justin Timberlake and is hoping to fulfill her goals of one day becoming a writer and professor.
  • Ashley Caveda '07 recently obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Non-Fiction from Ohio State University.  She is currently hoping to teach in Indiana and has worked in the past as a Writing Program Administrator in the First-Year Seminar Writing Program at OSU.  Ashley is also one of the 2012 Embolden Enrichment Grant recipients, awarded by the Northeast Indiana Advocacy Coalition.
  • Cassandra Book '10 has just achieved her Master in English with a certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Louisville. She will be the Director of the Writing Center and Director of Parent Communication at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Ted Stone '06 has worked for J.P. Morgan Chase in Senior Client Services in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has taught writing at Southside Community School in Tucson, Arizona.  He is now a Community Relations Manager working for Sony Online Entertainment in Austin, Texas.  He is responsible for DC Universe Online ( and oversees all editing tasks, writes feature articles on the team and the games, and communicates via writing with players online through various channels.  He has also had a short story published and is working on two novels in his spare time.
  • Joe Pittman '10 works at The Daily Journal, a newspaper based in Johnson County, IN.  Joe sells advertising space to businesses to place ads within the paper and special sections publications. Last year, Joe was named 2011 Hoosier State Press Association Sales Person of the Year for Indiana.
  • Betsy Shirley '10 moved to Washington, DC, to work as an Editorial Assistant at Sojourner's Magazine, a magazine of faith, culture, and social justice.  Betsy has recently been accepted to graduate programs at both Yale and Duke.
  • Aaron Shackelford '01 BA has worked a variety of jobs post-graduation, including social worker and EMT. He is currently an instructor at the University of North Carolina and teaches courses in the subjects of Film Analysis, Fiction, Major American Authors, and Rhetoric & Composition. Aaron believes his degree from Butler prepared him to think of education in terms of exploration and analysis. "When I guide Carolina students to create original works of art or participate in workshops by world-renowned directors," he says, "it is my Butler English degree that led me to even imagine these possibilities."
  • Eric Kokonas '09 completed a semester-long internship with Dittoe PR, and was offered a full-time position with the company. His employers at Dittoe cite Eric's "noticeably impressive speaking and writing skills" as what make him such a successful practitioner.
  • Megan E. '03 attended the London College of Communications and earned a master's degree in book publishing.  She saw an ad for the CIA and applied on a whim. Six months later, Megan started her first day at the George Bush Center of Intelligence in Washington, DC, as Publications Officer.
  • Paige McCracken '08 works for Thoratec, a medica device corporation focused on patients with acute to chronic heart failure.  Within Thoratec, Paige presents the HeartMate II, a left ventricular device that keeps patients alive until heart transplantation.
  • Matt Yeager '02 is a poet whose poem "A Big Ball of Foil in a Small New York Apartment" has been published in New York Quarterly and Best American Poetry 2005.  Matt is also an Independent Film Producer.
  • Kimberly Campanello '98 is an English Instructor and Graduate Faculty Member at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has served as Poetry Editor for the national literary magazine The Black Warrior Review.
  • Annie Stultz '04 is a Central Saint Martins M.A. fashion journalism student who recently won the writing competition. She traveled to Paris to review Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel collection for Vogue.
  • Laura Partridge '01 works at F+W Media, Inc. and provides content and editorial leadership to the Design Community's online education brands. She is writing, editing, and working with several of the country's most talented designers.
  • Alisa Pykett '97 is now Program Coordinator for The Mountain Retreat and Learning Centers, independent affiliate of the Unitarian Universalist Association located on Little Scaly Mountain in North Carolina.
  • Marshelle Dawkins Broadwell '97 graduated from the Indiana University School of Law and is now part of the Litigation Section of the Office of Corporation Counsel for the city of Indianapolis. She also worked for six years as a Deputy Public Defender.
  • Michael Martone '76 is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama, as well as a prolific writer. He has won multiple awards, including AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction for The Flatness and Other Landscapes , a collection of his own essays about the Midwest.
  • Rob Seidler '98 attended law school at the University of Notre Dame, practiced with the labor and employment department of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati for several years, and in 2005 returned to Indianapolis to practice law with the firm of Ogletree Deakins.
  • Doug Schaak '90 is a Professor of English at Multnomah Bible College as well as the founder/past president of the Evergreen Curling Club.
  • Arianne Michalek Aughey '96 is a freelance research attorney in St. Louis, Missouri, after graduating from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
  • Lori (Godich) Bievenour '00 went on from Butler to graduate from the Boston University School of Theology and is now an associate pastor of United Church of Christ.
  • Laura Navratil '05 is a newly published poet whose work has appeared in such journals as Little Red Leaves.
  • Lisa Battiston '06 writes a column for Broad Ripple Gazette and also works as an Editorial Assistant for Russell Publishing.
  • Jonathan Sundheimer '03 taught English at Shelby High School in North Carolina and then took a job as an exceptional children's teacher in Rosman, NC. In the fall of 2007, he plans to attend the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill to study law.
  • Holly Flint '99 is an Assistant Professor of 20th-Century American Literature and U.S. Ethnic Literature and Cultural Studies at University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her essay, "Toni Morrison's Paradise: Black Cultural Citizenship in the American Empire," appeared in American Literature.
  • Josh Kaminski '04 has been accepted to the MFA program in Poetry at Purdue University.
  • Michelle Maloney '07 has been accepted into the doctoral program in English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs with a teaching fellowship worth $19,000 a year. Michelle is interested in pursuing her love of Irish literature.
  • Elizabeth Orr '08 a double major in English and Spanish language, has been offered a fellowship in Cornell University's Masters' program. She will receive $40,000 for attending their program. Liz will work closely with the professors of African American literature.
  • Tracy Bowling '07 and Mike Meginnis '08 will be attending New Mexico State on teaching assistantships, Tracy in rhetoric and Mike in fiction writing.