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Personal Pursuits

Our alumni find themselves in exciting professional and personal pursuits. They publish and win awards; they become Fulbright Scholars and travel; they research and study in prestigious Ph.D. programs; they find successful work as professors, editors, authors, literary agents, copywriters, and teachers.

CSU English Department Alumni prove that a BA, MA, or MFA in English opens doors to professions that not only provide material and professional success, but also intellectual satisfaction and cultural engagement.

In addition to finding success in traditionally “English” paths, our alumni serve as CEOs, create tech start-ups, lead non-profit organizations, become lawyers, devise communication and training for government programs, coordinate medical programing, and rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies.


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English Alumni: Beyond CSU

The stories below provide a glimpse of the broad array of exciting and impactful endeavors undertaken by CSU English alumni across the globe. The interdisciplinary scholarship and creative artistry developed by English educations are instrumental in bolstering these important initiatives.

Barbara Stimmel Fleming

Barbara Stimmel Fleming (BA English 1967, MA Rhetoric 1970) – A father and a teacher

By | February 18, 2020

My father, Les Stimmel, taught at Colorado A&M/Colorado State University from 1929 when he moved to Fort Collins until 1967…

Doris Goldsmith Melnick (Class of 1968)

Doris Goldsmith Melnick (Class of 1968) – Remembering Dr. Robert Zoellner

By | February 18, 2020

The memory I will always remember is one of Dr. Robert Zoellner. I took many classes from him as an English major and there must have been one in my senior year…

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Paulette Garrison Evans Deutsch (Class of 1967)

By | February 18, 2020

I had Dr. Zoellnor for my Survey of American Lit; Melville and another author; and Steinbeck plus others in the four years that I was at CSU…

Georgette Yang

Guo Hua ‘Georgette’ Yang (MA 1994) – A mentor story

By | February 18, 2020

I have been able to make some life-changing steps with the help and guidance received from Louann Reid and others at Colorado State University. Fifteen years ago I was applying for my English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching license.

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Justin Dobbin (Class of 1997) – Engaging with English

By | February 18, 2020

I enjoy reading about all the events happening on campus for students and alum alike, and especially excited when football season comes around…

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Danni Gugel (Class of 2010) – English Ed Course

By | February 18, 2020

In my time at CSU, the most memorable times I had was during Pam Coke’s English Education courses and NCTE meetings…

     English Alum? Share Your Story

When stories about our alumni hit the news or our inbox, we love to share them. Teachers, staff, and fellow alumni are excited to learn about how our friends are doing. Current students appreciate examples of English alumni making a life and making a difference. At the same time, information about English offerings and degree opportunities encourages prospective students to engage, and stories of your impact and success illustrate the true value of English education.

Career Exploration

Qualified English undergraduate and graduate students are offered for-credit opportunities to explore possible career paths before graduation. The English Department boasts an excellent array of rigorous, professional, and intriguing internships. Internship areas include – but are by no means limited to – supervised college teaching; community literacy; teaching English as second/foreign language; editing and publishing; grant-writing and research; online course development and editing; and public education.