Austin Sill ’13, M.A. ’17

Career Path: Director of rhetoric and high school English teacher

“APU’s M.A. in English stands out for its committed, passionate teaching faculty. As someone who transferred from a different graduate program, I can say with confidence that you will be getting a uniquely focused education, which will prepare you to be a relevant scholar and educator.”

What was your favorite aspect of the M.A. in English program? The opportunity to work closely with faculty on coursework. The small class sizes in the program led to deeper dialogue. Also, there is a clear passion apparent in the faculty. Each term, professors teach courses of their choosing on subjects they are currently studying and researching. This makes for dynamic engagement with the topics.

What professional development opportunities did you have while completing your master’s degree? I was lucky enough to work as an editorial assistant for the journal Christianity & Literature while I was in the M.A. program. I worked closely with the editors, Mark Eaton, Ph.D., Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., and Caleb D. Spencer, Ph.D., who also ended up being readers for my final thesis. They are among the most devoted and caring mentors I have ever had.

Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.