Next Generation Humanities PhD - English
This Next Generation Humanities PhD project brings together faculty and graduate students to rethink doctoral work in light of changes in higher education. How can coursework better prepare students for research and teaching in new interdisciplinary fields as well as traditional ones? How can we promote academic excellence at the same time we imagine broadened career paths beyond traditional teaching in higher education? Can we re-imagine the dissertation project so that it speaks to publics beyond the academy? How can we assure that students’ diverse learning styles and career development goals are at the center of program considerations?
Centered in the English Department, the project invites input from participants across the humanities. In winter 2017, Sidonie Smith of the University of Michigan will meet with us to think about possible changes we might make in our doctoral programs. Smith is one of the authors of the Modern Language Association task force on doctoral study and the author of A Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in Good Enough Times (University of Michigan Press, 2015). We anticipate lively discussions of her work while she is here.
During spring 2017, we will conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a three-course sequence in digital foundations, drawing on campus cross-disciplinary resources, as one step in assuring that our course offerings move students forward in their career paths.