Alumni

Elizabeth F. Criswell ’04
Early Childhood Education Educator, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
"I pursued children's literature because of my love of literature and illustration and my interest in the history of this complex literary genre. It has helped me develop invaluable ways of thinking in my career as an educator." Read More »
Jennifer Klein, ’06
Marketing Associate, International Department, Random House
"Needless to say, Pitt’s Children’s Literature program helped establish my career. Having that certificate really helped distinguish me from the hundreds of other applicants out there." Read More »
Megan Roth, ’11
Associate Editor, The Walt Disney Company
"I put this knowledge (gained through the Children's Lit Certificate Program) to use every day and words cannot express how much these classes helped." Read More »
Mariko Turk, ’07
PhD candidate, University of Florida
"In short, the children’s literature program at Pitt made me a more open-minded thinker in both my criticism and teaching, and for this I am so very grateful." Read More »
Mara Mandradjieff, ’08
Adjunct Professor of Dance, Gender Studies Affiliate, Kennesaw State University; Adjunct Professor of Dance, Emory University; Executive Director and Founder, Lume Foundation
"The Program truly paved my future career path and encouraged my intellectual growth. I remember these eye-opening experiences and strive to enrich my students in a similar fashion." Read More »
Paige Carlson, ’09
Assistant to the Vice President / Director of Manufacturing, Penguin Young Readers
"The passion for children's literature that the program inspired in me will always shine, in every conversation I have with publishers, printers, authors, editors, and academics." Read More »
Kelly Knisley, ’12
Editorial Assistant, Kumon Publishing
"I am now living my dream in New York City, creating books for children.  I owe so much to the knowledgeable faculty and thoughtfully designed courses of the Children’s Literature Certificate program." Read More »
Alexandra Cathcart ’14
Student at Temple University School of Medicine
"I had always known that I enjoyed spending time with kids, but I was surprised by the richness of the scholarly study of children’s culture." Read More »
Corey Wittig ’06
Digital Learning Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
"The Labs' creative technology programming is very much informed by works of children's literature and folk and fairy tales." Read More »