This semester, I have been developing a graduate colloquium course for the Arts & Humanities division Ph.D. students at UC Berkeley. The course introduces graduate students from across the division to a range of work and career possibilities beyond the tenure track.
Those presenting include Berkeley alumni, faculty and leaders in public policy, publishing, technology and non-profit sectors, including higher education. Members of the class will be appointed as discussion leaders.
Students will develop a wider awareness of how humanists work in and outside academia; relate this knowledge to their own development as scholars, teachers and citizens; and develop a portfolio of resources supporting their academic and non-academic job searches.
Nearing the end of the planning stage, I’ve learned an enormous amount in developing the course. I have learned from Berkeley faculty and students what needs a course like this can meet. I have learned from interviewing colloquium guest speakers about the wide range of experiences across different generations and, within the younger generations especially, the diverse areas of humanistic knowledge and practice that prepared speakers to make remarkable contributions in and outside of academia.
I can’t wait to see what the graduate students do with this material in the Spring.
Now that we’ve been officially announced, I am very happy to be able to share the news.
This year, I will be working as an ACLS-funded post-doctoral fellow at University of California Berkeley’s “Practicing the Humanities” initiative, developing curriculum and programming for humanities PhDs. The initiative introduces students to the broad range of career options available to humanities graduates. The unique knowledge bases and skills our fields require are assets in a range of professional fields and sectors!
I noticed was the only philosophy PhD among a diverse group of early-career scholars who had recently completed their doctorates in Anthropology, American Studies, Communication, English, French, Geography, Hispanic Studies, History, Media Studies, Native American Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Spanish, among others.
You can read more about the fellowship here and find out how to apply for the next round:
“In response to the severe economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ACLS created the Emerging Voices Fellowship program to support early career scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come. Fellows take up year-long placements with members of ACLS’s Research University Consortium, where they can advance their research and professional development while contributing to the teaching, programming, and administrative work of their host university.”