UC Irvine’s School of the Humanities has received a “Next Generation Humanities PhD” grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to evaluate and transform graduate education. The project begins with the observation that American universities produce more humanities PhDs per year than find steady employment as tenure track professors: about half stay in academia, and half go on to pursue multiple career paths outside in a variety of industries. Our goal is to explore strategies in graduate education to prepare grad students for this job market reality. UCI is one of 25 campus across the country to participate in this project. The 25 campuses are sharing ideas and resources through web sites, virtual conversations, and national meetings.
The Humanities Commons has assembled a planning committee comprised of representatives from faculty, graduate students, administration, alumni, lecturers, and community partners to develop a set of recommendations for graduate education in the School of Humanities. Four working groups are focused on key aspects of the graduate school experience at UCI and will propose plans for further discussion, development, and possible implementation. These groups are:
Strategies to Engage Faculty and Graduate Students in Rethinking PhD Training and Employment Horizons. Co-chairs: Jessica Millward, Associate Professor, History; Jamie Nisbet, Associate Professor, Art History
Integration of Multiple Career Path Outcomes into Graduate Curriculum and Training. Chair: Oren Iznberg, Associate Professor, English
Community Partnerships and Mentoring. Chair: Mark Fiocco, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Documenting and Disseminating Post-Doctoral Career Paths. Co-chairs: Amy Fujitani, Director of Graduate Study; Bindya Balinga, Graduate Program Coordinator, Comparative Literature and German