ReinventPhD Blog

How to master the humanities job search: LESSONS FROM THE PHD CAREER DAY | February 20, 2019 by Chiara Girardi

career orientationIt was an early Friday morning in Washington, D.C., when a lively group of PhD candidates in the humanities from several area universities met at Georgetown University for a PhD Matters Career Day. The event—sponsored by ReinventPhD, the Connected Academics project at Georgetown—was a different kind of career fair from the ones I’ve been to before: there were no recruiters from big firms on a hunt to find the best candidate, no brochures about office perks and work-life balance, and no frantic exchanges of résumés and business cards in the hope of landing any job. The point of the day was to think about our future lives after the PhD and to reflect upon our careers as humanities professionals ...  (to read more, click here).



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If you’re a Director of Graduate Studies or another faculty member who works with MA and/or PhD students in the humanities, and if you’re oriented towards solving the “there are no jobs” problem, know this: Change starts with you.  On Friday, January 26, we had a great workshop on career development and diversity. Our project manager, Lauren Frey, did a great job organizing the workshop. The panelists—our PI Kathryn Temple, Daniel Fisher of the National Humanities Alliance, and MA alum, writing coach, and PhD candidate at CUNY Rob Yates—discussed their work as publicly engaged humanists and gave the students in the audience great advice about diversifying their interests ... (to read more, click here).

Cultivating Productive Attitudes in Graduate Humanities Education | November 14, 2018 by John P. Heins

thinking manSince patterns of thought are the product of experience, it may help to know what mine have been: After earning my PhD in German, I taught German literature, language, and culture for ten years, after which I earned two more graduate degrees, one in library science and one in art history, and I have been working now for eleven years as a cataloging librarian in the research library at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. My curvilinear professional path has given me a few ideas about how my first graduate program in particular might have done a better job of preparing me and other students like me for a wider variety of types of work, and helped us better contextualize what exactly we were gaining in our intensive humanities education ... (to read more, click here).


Embracing the "engaged and public humanities" and abandoning "alt-ac" | July 24, 2018 by Lauren Frey


This past January, I attended the MLA Conference as project manager for the Connected Academics task-force at Georgetown University. One semester into my master’s in English, I was eager to engage in conversation with other graduate students who were interested in the pathways students can take to find jobs beyond the professoriate. Attending the Showcase of Career Diversity on Friday afternoon, I got caught up in a discussion with a small group of graduate students about the terms used to describe those pathways. One graduate student bemoaned the term “alt-ac” for reasons that have long been acknowledged ... (to read more, click here).



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