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ZA-250622-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University CenterThe New PhD: A Renaissance of Public Education8/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$25,000.00Jennifer Furlong   CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University CenterNew YorkNY10016-4309USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000024601.42

Planning activities at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York encompass three planning themes: 1) ways to integrate multiple career outcomes from the beginning of students’ experience in graduate school; 2) collecting and publicly disseminating data about retention rates and students’ post-doctoral career paths; 3) initiation of partnerships with non-academic institutions.  

PhD students join Graduate Center humanities PhD programs because they want to explore big ideas at the core of humanities, understanding issues of social justice, historical contexts, and ethics. The goal of this project is to provide them with the tools to use their ideas and training to make a positive impact in our global society. This proposal convenes two groups, both a smaller, core group and a larger planning group, of faculty members, alumni, current students and administrators to discuss three pivotal issues at the Graduate Center: our humanities doctoral curriculum, how we track our humanities PhD career outcomes, and how we partner and network with alumni and employers to provide our students with a firm foundation for pursuing a range of careers. In doing so, we will lay the groundwork for transforming the training given to humanities PhDs.

ZA-250623-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeTransforming the Culture of Post-Doctoral Humanities Careers8/1/2016 - 5/31/2018$24,890.00Jason Puskar   University of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeMilwaukeeWI53211-3153USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs024890024890

Thematic convenings at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee designed to expand career options for doctoral students particularly through the lens of curricular development, faculty training to learn how to mentor beyond the academy, and the creation of alumni advisors.

This project will plan for a major overhaul of career preparation for humanities doctoral students at UW-Milwaukee. We recognize that current career training is too narrowly focused on academic employment, as many doctoral graduates eventually pursue other careers. The project brings together a planning committee of more than 20 people, and includes faculty from the humanities and humanistic social sciences at UWM, upper administration including the provost and the dean of the Graduate School, graduate students from humanities fields, administrative staff, faculty from the UWM School of Business, alumni working in non-academic careers, and representatives from business and non-profit sectors. We intend to divide the planning into three areas, each overseen by a separate subcommittee: Curriculum Development, Faculty Education, and Alumni Support.

ZA-250624-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Princeton UniversityTransforming Graduate Education in the Humanities at Princeton9/1/2016 - 12/31/2017$25,000.00Anthony Grafton   Princeton UniversityPrincetonNJ08540-5228USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000017033.07

Thematic convenings at Princeton University that define a new vision of doctoral training, develop a curriculum with expanded scope, and promote careers outside the tenure-track.

While Princeton’s humanities graduate students are increasingly interested in careers outside the tenure track, few departments provide formal support for these career paths. In recent years, a subtle but significant shift has taken place at Princeton, with individual faculty members advocating for curricular change, and administrative units launching new programs for professional development. Princeton wants to build on this momentum by bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to brainstorm a new model of doctoral training in the humanities. This work would result in an implementation plan for broadening the career preparation of humanities PhDs by focusing on three overarching goals: 1) developing new curricular options; 2) expanding career resources and services; and 3) transforming Princeton’s graduate culture to promote a wide range of career options. 

ZA-250633-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Washington UniversityCohorts, Courses, Qualifications, and Careers: Reconceptualizing the Humanities PhD at Washington University9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$25,000.00JeanM.Allman   Washington UniversitySt. LouisMO63130-4862USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000017345.52

Thematic convenings that will focus on creating humanities cohorts, designing coursework in line with employment outcomes, and providing post-ABD training and target advising.

The Center for the Humanities plans to fully reconceptualize doctoral training in the humanities at Washington University. Efforts will focus on four core questions: 1) How can we stimulate collaboration among departments to grow inclusive humanities cohorts, from recruitment to completion? 2) What kinds of new curricula would better prepare humanities graduate students for the widest range of career outcomes? 3) What opportunities might be provided in the last year of graduate training to equip students for jobs outside of the academy, particularly in the public sphere? 4) What kinds of new resources might we offer to support the multiple career trajectories of humanities PhDs? A Central Planning Committee of twelve will coordinate the investigations of four Working Groups, each focused a core questions to develop an action plan at the close of the grant period.

ZA-250640-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Regents of the University of California, Santa CruzUC Santa Cruz Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$25,000.00Tyrus Miller   Regents of the University of California, Santa CruzSanta CruzCA95064-1077USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Thematic convenings at the University of California, Santa Cruz to expand mentoring relationships for graduate students, curricular changes toward trans-disciplinary courses, and development of internship opportunities. Project goals include expanded public sphere for humanities doctoral expertise, reorganization of doctoral programs to expand opportunities, and the identification of elements of doctoral programs that require change to meet the goals.

UC Santa Cruz's Next Generation Humanities PhD planning grant will facilitate planning for transformative changes in humanistic doctoral training and post-doctoral career paths. We aim to envision a new, expanded public sphere for humanities doctoral expertise and plan doctoral program change to cultivate expanded opportunities to translate doctoral experience into public impact. We will articulate a multi-dimensional mentorship model, coordinated around a humanities-oriented Individual Development Plan process; develop a set of skill modules relevant to expanded humanities career paths, and consider how to integrate them into doctoral program curricula and degree requirements; and expand tracking, networking, and experiential learning opportunities for humanities doctoral students.

ZA-250648-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.Next Generation Careers for KU Humanities PhDs8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$25,000.00PaulT.Kelton   University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.LawrenceKS66045-3101USA2016History, OtherNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs250000025000

Planning at the University of Kansas (KU) around five topics: 1) potential reforms to the doctoral curriculum; 2) the place of engaged or applied scholarship in PhD training; 3) methods for enlisting the assistance of alumni in training for alternative careers; 4) possible partnerships with nonacademic employers, and 5) the need to modify recruitment and admissions practices.

The University of Kansas humanities planning group will make recommendations that will transform humanities doctoral education. The committee's work will create departmental cultures in the humanities that recognize and value the range of careers open to humanities doctoral recipients. Secondly, it will create greater parity between the training that doctoral students receive and the range of career opportunities they seek. The end result will be a set of recommendations that will deepen the impact PhD graduates can have in their careers.

ZA-250650-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of Texas, El PasoPreparing Humanities Professionals in PhD Programs at an Hispanic-Serving Institution8/1/2016 - 12/31/2017$17,731.00CharlesH.Ambler   University of Texas, El PasoEl PasoTX79968-8900USA2016History, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs017731017676.22

Planning at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) around five topics: 1) preparing minority doctoral students in the humanities for entry into a range of non-academic careers; 2) achieving faculty support for reform; 3) stimulating collaboration among programs and students across disciplines; 4) identifying humanities alumni to participate in advising and mentoring programs; and 5) partnering with nonacademic institutions.

This program will develop activities that will prepare humanities doctoral students for alternative career paths. This project will focus on preparation of students for discipline-specific non-academic careers, as well as for a broader range of careers that would draw on the particular skills and talents that humanities students develop. The project will consist of a year-long set of activities to investigate and pilot possible programing that enhances in humanities PhD students critical skills that, combined with the skill sets developed in academic programs, provide students a wider range of career opportunities.

ZA-250657-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Florida International University Board of TrusteesBridging the Gap: Linking History PhD Training to Non Academic Employment8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$25,000.00KennethJ.Lipartito   Florida International University Board of TrusteesMiamiFL33199-2516USA2016History, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Planning by the FIU History Department around four topics: 1) the reorientation of curriculum toward learning core competencies; 2) the advisability of mandating internship experience or allowing a non-traditional dissertation; 3) best practices relating to alternative skill development; and 4) student mentorship needs.

The History Department at Florida International University (FIU), one of the nation’s largest minority serving institutions, proposes a yearlong planning program aimed at assisting history PhD students in navigating the “employment roundabout” of the nonacademic job market. Building on our previous success in placing students beyond the academy, our program has three aims: first, to gather information so that faculty and students are well informed of nonacademic opportunities and learn the appropriate skills and training needed to compete for those opportunities; second, to build a coalition of university administrators, faculty, and students, as well as community, government, private sector, and NGO partners who will serve as advisors, consultants, and mentors; and third, to produce a strategic plan for revamping the department’s culture and PhD program with an eye towards building links between academic training and nonacademic professional opportunities.

ZA-250659-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Regents of the University of New MexicoHumanities Collective (or LoboHUB/Humanities Unbound):Planning for the Next Generation of Humanities Scholars at UNM.8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$24,895.00Melissa Bokovoy   Regents of the University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueNM87131-0001USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs024895022808.23

Planning at the University of New Mexico (UNM) around four topics: 1) ideas for developing new courses and curricula; 2) strategies for collaborating with nonprofits; 3) methods for increasing cross-discipline collaboration, and increasing the presence of humanities scholars in “nontraditional” sectors, especially industries associated with the STEM fields; and 4) strategies for introducing students to careers in the public sector.

The Departments of American Studies, English, History, and Linguistics at the University of New Mexico propose to connect disciplines, the university, alumni networks, and professional communities to transform existing doctoral programs into education models that prepare humanities scholars for careers in many different professions, both inside and outside academia.

ZA-250682-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Lehigh UniversityPublic Pedagogies: Graduate Education and the Interdisciplinary Humanities at Lehigh University9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$25,000.00JennaDugganLay   Lehigh UniversityBethlehemPA18015-3027USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000022907.81

Planning at Lehigh around five topics: 1) integrating multiple career outcomes into the curriculum; 2) collaborations with entities on and off campus; 3) offering non-teaching-focused financial support systems for students; 4) alumni-oriented mentoring programs; and 5) alternative formats and requirements for the dissertation. 

The humanities graduate programs at Lehigh University (Lehigh) seek to foster doctoral recipients’ potential to contribute to public pedagogies within and beyond the university. With the support of a NEH Next Generation Ph.D. Planning Grant, we will strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance public-facing curricular and professional opportunities and create a network of internal and external partners to serve our students’ varied ambitions. Our core and consulting committees will explore three areas: reciprocal partnerships within and beyond the university to shape curricular and co-curricular activities; a mentorship network comprised of alumni and community partners, including the development of a joint advisory council for the History and English Ph.D. programs; and new models for the doctoral dissertation.

ZA-250684-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of CincinnatiUniversity of Cincinnati Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant8/1/2016 - 12/15/2017$24,979.00David Stradling   University of CincinnatiCincinnatiOH45220-2872USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs024979024352.76

Planning activities at the University of Cincinnati including thematic convenings to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions and creation of a shared curriculum, internships in and outside the university, and preparation for non-academic posts.

The principal activities of our planning process include facilitating interdisciplinary discussions to determine the desirability and feasibility of creating a shared curriculum to help our graduates push the humanities into the broader public, through employment in what can be called the public humanities or within corporations. We anticipate this shared curriculum will have room for internships and will emphasize mentoring from within humanities departments and from humanities professionals outside the university. An important dimension of our planning effort will be a series of guest appearances in an open colloquium on topics related to humanities outside the academy, ranging from project management to the digital production of humanities programs.

ZA-250687-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Regents of the University of California, IrvineUCI Next Generation PhDs in the Humanities10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017$25,000.00JuliaR.Lupton   Regents of the University of California, IrvineIrvineCA92617-3066USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Planning by the University of California. Irvine (UCI) around four topics: 1) how to engage faculty and graduate students in rethinking PhD training and employment horizons; 2) ways to integrate multiple career path outcomes into graduate curriculum and training; 3) methods for creating community partnerships and mentoring opportunities; and 4) systems for documenting and disseminating information about post-doctoral career paths.

The University of California, Irvine’s School of Humanities has the structures to enable us to take on a leadership role in developing new models of humanities graduate education. Building on current and historic strengths in the area of PhD reform, we will use an NEH Planning Grant to explore ways to restructure graduate professionalization seminars for larger departments and to design School-wide graduate professionalization seminars for small programs that can leverage a critical mass of students so that these courses provide preparation for multiple career paths.

ZA-250689-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of IowaThe Newly Composed PhD: Writing Across Careers8/31/2016 - 7/31/2017$25,000.00JudithM.Pascoe   University of IowaIowa CityIA52242-1320USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs250000250000

University of Iowa’s plans to transform doctoral education, focusing on its strength in writing and how new research and publication technology, along with a broad array of rhetorical modes, can help graduate students communicate effectively across a variety of platforms.

We will use the planning year to imagine ways in which humanities PhD students can equip themselves with the kind of flexible writing skills and technological expertise that will prepare them for many career paths. As a uniting impetus, we will focus our attention on rhetorical forms ranging from the dissertation to the tweet. In this way, we will enable specialists from a broad array of disciplines to unite around a common task: a consideration of PhD training in its core essentials and of how these essentials (e.g., the discovery and communication of new knowledge, the deployment of innovative research technologies) can be envisioned as preparation for careers both within and beyond the academy.

ZA-250692-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of Kentucky Research FoundationCareers Beyond the Academy8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$25,000.00Sarah Lyon   University of Kentucky Research FoundationLexingtonKY40506-0004USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Planning at the University of Kentucky (UK) around six topics: 1) integrating multiple career outcomes from the very beginning of students’ experience in graduate school; 2) revisions to curriculum and degree requirements in order to better prepare students for a diverse array of future occupations; 3) maximizing faculty buy-in for a transformed PhD and methods for supporting students beyond teaching-focused funding; 4) initiating partnerships with non-academic institutions, and 5) developing an evaluation plan for future activities and implementation.

The goal of this program is to enable graduate students in the humanities to explore the possibility of non-academic and alt-academic jobs. A program of this sort at once fulfills our moral obligation to help graduate students advance in their lives and careers and makes UK’s College of Arts and Sciences a more attractive place for prospective students to pursue a graduate degree. Program development and planning will be overseen by a program director and a diverse committee that includes faculty, administrators, alumni, local businesspeople, and current graduate students. Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year the committee will systematically consider six topics and develop program initiatives and longer-term strategies to transform the humanities PhD.

ZA-250710-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of North Carolina at Chapel HillRe-envisioning the Humanities PhD8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$25,000.00Mark Katz   University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillNC27599-1350USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Four major themes in UNC’s planning work: Careers, Collaboration, Curriculum and Dissertation, and Data. These will be explored both in closed meetings of subcommittees and the larger planning committee, as well as in a series of public conversations. One of the subcommittees will also organize an alumni conference.

"Re-envisioning the Humanities PhD" is a year-long initiative that will constitute UNC-Chapel Hill’s first campus-wide conversation on graduate education in the humanities. To be launched in fall 2016, it will include a series of public discussions, a data collection project, an alumni conference, and a white paper. This application is submitted with the intention that, with the benefit of a Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant, this initiative will lead to far-reaching and much-needed change, and in the process offer a national model of creative, collaborative reform.

ZA-250715-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Wayne State UniversityThe Value of Humanities in the Global City: Rethinking Culture and Opportunity in Detroit9/1/2016 - 2/28/2018$25,000.00ElizabethVictoriaFaue   Wayne State UniversityDetroitMI48201-1347USA2016Labor HistoryNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

A planning process at Wayne State University that builds faculty buy-in for rethinking graduate education by creating a cohort of “Next Generation Faculty Fellows.” 

The Wayne State NEH Planning Grant will build faculty support for rethinking the future of graduate education in the Humanities and train faculty to become mentors for the Next Generation of Humanities PhDs. A series of workshops on six central topics will bring members of Wayne State faculty into public dialogue and enhance knowledge of new scholarship and best practices. Focus groups will provide data needed to inform the planning committee of faculty and other stakeholder group opinions throughout the planning cycle.

ZA-250719-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.GSU Next Generation Humanities Planning Grant9/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$25,000.00Brennan Collins   Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.AtlantaGA30302-3999USA2016History, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Planning at Georgia State University focused on several themes, including: 1) creating and funding non-teaching-based research assistantships at the University and with local employers; 2) establishing an advising and mentoring program with industry, arts, and NGO-based alumni partners; 3) collecting alumni data; and 4) developing a digital humanities certificate and/or degree program.

Georgia State University’s intention is to build an infrastructure capable of encouraging and sustaining deep transformations in the training of humanists and in the attitudes of students, faculty, and administrators.

ZA-250723-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Fordham UniversityThe "Living Humanities" Ph.D. for the 21st Century9/1/2016 - 9/30/2017$24,957.00Eva Badowska   Fordham UniversityBronxNY10458-9993USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs024957024956.97

Planning at Fordham University around six topics to prepare the university to institute wide-ranging changes in its humanities doctoral programs. These have a Jesuit focus and include new curriculum, advising and mentorship structures, and a focus on community engagement.

Fordham University seeks a Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant to develop a Humanities PhD model that aims to make doctoral education in this area forward-looking for future scholars and provides “living” links between doctoral education, community engagement, and multiple careers. We will focus on six planning themes identified through extensive discussions among faculty and students: Revitalize Learning Outcomes; Inhabit the New Learning Ecosystem; Mentor the Whole Person: Career-wise Counsel, Promising Partnerships; Incorporate Service and Community Engagement; Ensure Access and Inclusion; and Cultivate and Curate a “Living Humanities” PhD model.

ZA-250725-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Penn StateHolistic Rethinkings of the Humanities PhD: Seminars, Dissertation, Internationalization, Fellowships9/1/2016 - 8/31/2018$25,000.00Eric Hayot   Penn StateUniversity ParkPA16802-1503USA2016Comparative LiteratureNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Penn State’s plans to institute wide-ranging changes in its humanities doctoral programs.

Penn State University's College of the Liberal Arts proposes to rethink the humanities PhD along four major lines: 1) moving beyond the graduate seminar; 2) internationalizing training and placement; 3) alternatives to the dissertation; and 4) piloting extra-academic training in a new fellowship program. A Core Committee that includes the university Provost, the College Dean, a member of the university Board of Trustees, as well as faculty, administrators, and graduate students will oversee four working groups. The project goal is to develop a new fellowship program that would, by including the advances of all four groups, also pilot a significant new structure for the humanities PhD.

ZA-250731-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of Rhode IslandHumanities at Large9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$25,000.00KathleenT.Davis   University of Rhode IslandKingstonRI02881-1967USA2016Literature, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000025000

Planning at the University of Rhode Island (URI) around four topics: 1) potential approaches to stimulate collaboration between programs, departments, and schools; 2) methods for initiating partnerships with non-academic institutions; 3) exploration of altered formats or requirements for the PhD dissertation; and 4) identification of humanities PhD alumni in various fields to advise or mentor graduate students.  

The University of Rhode Island aims to develop cross-disciplinary and experiential learning for humanities doctoral students in five key areas. As the state's flagship research university and a land and sea grant institution, URI has strong historical commitments to the coastal environment and recently extended to the health fields. The committee aims to secure partnerships, internships, new collaborations, and innovative curricular changes that will prepare doctoral students to expand their career aspirations and to bring the fruits of humanities learning to all aspects of civic life.

ZA-250732-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)SUNY Research Foundation, BinghamtonTransforming Scholarly Preparation in the Humanities at the Doctoral Level9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$25,000.00Florenz Plassmann   SUNY Research Foundation, BinghamtonBinghamtonNY13902-4400USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000013286.03

Planning activities at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Birmingham) that include thematic considerations of student internship and assistantship programs, management of student skill development, alumni mentoring programs, and methods for increasing faculty acceptance of non-academic careers.

SUNY Binghamton proposes to discuss, explore, and develop five avenues for improving doctoral education in the humanities and help doctoral students translate what they have learned into successful careers, including 1) systematically developing internships and non-academic assistantships on campus; 2) expanding Harpur College’s undergraduate Liberal Arts to Career Externship (LACE) program to include opportunities for PhD students; 3) guiding PhD students in the design and maintenance of Individual Development Plans; 4) establishing roundtables and mentoring programs with alumni who have non-academic careers; and 5) increasing faculty acceptance of non-academic careers. We also propose to explore several additional and currently less-developed ideas. 

ZA-250740-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Loyola University, ChicagoCharting Career Pathways: Enhancing and Sustaining Doctoral Education in the Humanities9/1/2016 - 12/31/2017$25,000.00Patricia Mooney-Melvin   Loyola University, ChicagoChicagoIL60611-2147USA2016History, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000021968.1

Thematic working groups at Loyola University of Chicago (LUC) that are focused on revising admissions guidelines, curricular and professional development, career guidance and mentoring, and humanities assistantships in the field.

This project will engage in planning activities to develop programming to enhance the ability of humanities PhD students to be prepared for and envision multiple career pathways. The goals are to 1) create opportunities for students to see themselves possessing multiple career possibilities; 2) deepen and broaden the nature of advising and mentoring; 3) develop a robust career guidance program; 4) sharpen students’ communication skills; 5) gain experience outside of academe while in school; 6) shape recruitment messaging; and 7) explore curricular possibilities. These goals will be accomplished through pilot workshops for humanities faculty and graduate students, revision of graduate student recruitment messaging, development of “Humanities Communicators” programming, alumni-student mentoring, and curricular and advising revisions. 

ZA-250742-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of California, Santa BarbaraTraining for Non-Academic Careers in a Research-University Setting8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017$25,000.00John Majewski   University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA93106-0001USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000016400.14

Planning at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) around four topics: 1) strategies to achieve faculty support for the project; 2) consideration of altered formats or requirements for the PhD dissertation; 3) potential for developing new courses and curricula; and 4) initiation of partnerships with non-academic institutions.

We envision a core planning committee organizing a series of eight events designed to instigate discussions in each of our humanities departments. These discussions will focus on issues such as: how doctoral curricula can incorporate internships or other experiences that train students for varied professions; the possibility of new forms of dissertation production; training in metaprofessional skills that can be used in multiple settings; and the construction of networks of alumni and other professionals that can facilitate opportunities for our graduate students.

ZA-250746-16Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of California, BerkeleyNEXT GENERATION HUMANITIES AT BERKELEY8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018$25,000.00Anthony Cascardi   University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyCA94704-5940USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs025000024999.23

Planning at UC Berkeley around seven topics: 1) analysis of peer institutions and organizational infrastructure; 2) considerations of academic innovation; 3) the challenge of changing graduate student expectations; 4) student career development opportunities; 5) exploration of partnerships and internships; 6) professional learning communities for graduate students; and 7) program evaluation.

Diminishing tenure-track opportunities and the changing nature of work and careers call for academic innovations and new support structures for humanities PhDs. The University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) proposes a planning effort for the study, assessment, and recommendation of structural changes to the formal and informal elements of doctoral education. Our planning framework is built upon seven areas of inquiry investigated by a critical combination of senior campus officials, strategic partners, and current PhD students. Under the guidance of deans and chairs, the planning work will result in the substantive change of the humanities PhD from a specific form of research apprenticeship to a means of developing well-placed leaders able to meaningfully apply the critical tools of humanistic inquiry to a variety of fields.

ZA-260704-18Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)West Virginia University Research CorporationThe Broadly Trained Humanist: A Pathway to a More Flexible Humanities Ph.D.7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019$21,352.00Ryan Claycomb   West Virginia University Research CorporationMorgantownWV26506-6201USA2018Literature, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs021352021352

The development of a Ph.D. Pathways program that integrates career planning and public communication.

The WVU Humanities Center, with the Departments of History and English and the Office of Graduate Education and Life (OGEL) will innovate our humanities PhD programs by integrating parallel career planning and public communication of humanities knowledge for the public good. We will diversify doctoral training through a three-part approach: revised funding models, new practices for doctoral curricula, and programming that expands the humanities PhD to include a broad range of meaningful careers.

ZA-260708-18Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Washington State UniversityReimagining the 21st-Century Land Grant Ph.D.8/1/2018 - 12/31/2019$18,000.00Todd Butler   Washington State UniversityPullmanWA99164-0001USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs018000018000

The development of a mission-driven model for doctoral education.

“Reimagining the 21st-Century Land Grant Ph.D.” envisions placing Washington State University’s land grant mission of public service at the heart of its humanities doctoral programs. Concentrating in particular on underserved communities, the proposal will catalyze discussions and regional site visits focusing on partnering with rural communities state-wide, expanding digital outreach and skills-building, and revising graduate program requirements to support more culturally-sensitive models of public engagement. These discussions will include not only humanities faculty, graduate students, and alumni but also key administrators and faculty from WSU’s Native American program office, its state-wide Extension Service, and its new School of Medicine, all of which have extensive experience in community-based research and learning. Together we will begin planning a potentially distinctive national model for a Ph.D. that is not only discipline-specific but also mission-driven.

ZA-260710-18Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)University of PittsburghHumanities Careers: Re-Imagining Doctoral Training8/1/2018 - 7/31/2019$24,797.00Holger Hoock   University of PittsburghPittsburghPA15260-6133USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs024797024797

The redesign of the doctoral program in the School of Arts and Sciences to optimize preparation for diverse careers.

Humanities Careers will engage graduate faculty and students across fourteen Humanities programs at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as administrators, alumni, and other stakeholders, in a planning process to rethink humanities doctoral education so as to optimize every student’s preparation for diverse careers. Embracing multiple definitions of student and program success, we will focus on student and alumni data; curricular change; partnerships across and beyond campus, including alumni relations; and experiential learning. We will thus foster a cultural transformation in how faculty, students, and the University envisage the broader importance of Humanities PhDs and the societal impacts of humanistic training. Studying current culture and resources across programs, and investigating best practices nationally, we will create an initial suite of new resources and make actionable recommendations to the University, School of Arts and Sciences, and doctoral programs.

ZA-260717-18Challenge Programs: Next Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Syracuse UniversityReforming Doctoral Training in the Humanities5/1/2018 - 5/31/2020$24,997.00Glenn Wright   Syracuse UniversitySyracuseNY13244-0001USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNext Generation Humanities PhD (Planning)Challenge Programs024997024997

The development of a university-wide initiative to systematically reform doctoral training for humanities Ph.Ds.

A systematic planning effort will lay the groundwork for a package of initiatives that will enhance support for humanities doctoral students as they explore and pursue a wide range of meaningful careers. The project directors will convene a Planning Committee comprising faculty with a variety of appointments; current students; program alumni; administrators and staff in relevant positions; and others representing professional destinations for doctoral graduates. Four Working Groups will be formed, addressing these key themes: • Curricular reform • Systematic integration of professional development and career preparation • Creation of a PhD alumni mentoring network • Development of resources to enable non-monographic dissertation projects. Each Working Group will produce a report fully describing a discrete product, service, or resource (e.g., proposed curricular innovations, a toolkit for faculty advising on nontraditional dissertation projects) to be implemented in AY 2019-20.