Reflecting on the challenges with reinventing humanities PhD programs: Opinion

In a recent article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Zeb Larson discusses the challenges associated with reinventing PhD programs. Larson uses the example of the now-cancelled Next Generation Humanities PhD grant program, which provided planning and implementation funding to institutions. Some institutions implemented internships, but most of these were in related industries which did not necessarily improve students’ chances of finding jobs. Others focused on curricula and dissertation requirements, which created difficulties around coordination, increased workload for students, issues for faculty members, and concerns about reduced chances of graduates gaining a tenure-track position. Additionally, Larson notes that there was opposition to a “culture shift” that would address the disconnect between graduate education and job prospects. Larson writes that initiatives promoting change ended after the program was cancelled, and calls for institutional investment to ensure that programs such as these continue. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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