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Preparing Humanities PhD’s for the Future Instead of the Past

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University of Miami

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First Floor, Richter library

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Slightly less than half of all history Ph.D's end up in tenured or tenure-track positions in colleges and universities. Approximately one-third of those are in research universities. In language and literature, the other discipline for which there are good data, the landscape looks about the same, perhaps even a bit thinner. Are our Ph.D programs preparing students for the careers they are likely to have, whether as faculty in the broad context of higher education or beyond the professoriate? Jim Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association will discuss the AHA's inquiries into whether and how graduate preparation in history and other humanities disciplines might adapt to this changing landscape. The conversation will consider how our programs can help our Ph.D students broaden their career horizons and better prepare them for that wider terrain. The workshop is directed both towards faculty and graduate students.

Jim Grossman is Executive Director of the American Historical Association. Formerly Vice President for Research and Education at the Newberry Library, he has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration and A Chance to Make Good: African-Americans, 1900-1929, and project director and coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2005; online edition, 2006).

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