Stories from the Field: Conditions and Futures for UC Humanities PhDs

What can CHASS departments do to improve the experiences and professional prospects of graduate students? Join us for a discussion on Stories from the Field, a data booklet* that charts the economic outcomes and career trajectories for UC humanities PhDs against those of their peers in other disciplines. Presentation will provide an overview of the project, including key takeaways of the report that can inform and reshape how departments and university administrations approach graduate education in the humanities. 

Presentation from Kelly Anne Brown, Associate Director, UCHRI

Followed by Q&A and roundtable conversation with CHASS faculty, including Sherryl Vint, Cathy Gudis, Adrián Félix and Aleca Le Blanc.

This event is the first of a planned series of college-wide discussions to develop ideas and strategies to better support the graduate training and postgraduate careers of UCR's PhD students

*Limited number of printed copies available for UCR participants. Request a hard copy.

About Stories from the Field

The project, produced by UCHRI and Humanists@Work, was funded by a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) to the UC Career Pathways project. The grant supported two distinct, but related, data collection projects:

  • Doctoral Survey. UCOP and CGS conducted a broad survey of UC doctoral cohorts (representing years 2001-2, 2002-3, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2013-14, and 2014-15). This effort to survey alumni is part of a national effort to better understand PhD outcomes and the professional landscape for our alumni.
  • Alumni Focus Groups.Throughout 2019, UCHRI & Humanists@Work conducted 6 alumni focus groups and 3 in-depth interviews with UC PhD alumni working outside the professoriate.

About Humanists@Work

Humanists@Work is a systemwide graduate student professionalization initiative established by UCHRI in 2013. In addition to a wide variety of activities, such as a paid graduate student advisory committee, LinkedIn group with over 600 PhDs, and more, the project hosted 8 day-and-a-half long workshops in collaboration with 6 UC campuses. Alongside the Stories booklet, their website contains a Stories from the Field section that includes the booklet and a (hopefully) handy user’s guide. A new series, Alumni@Work, features innovative alumni profiles, with questions that go beyond the usual transferable skills conversations. Coming soon:  “Under Review,” a new podcast series led by two graduate students that embeds approaches to career diversity within larger discussions of contingency, educational reform, and racial and socioeconomic diversity. 

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/Stories_Mar10

Co-sponsored by the UCR Graduate Division and the Center for Ideas and Society.

Thursday, March 10 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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