Event Detail

Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess

Department: Humanities Commons

Date and Time: October 9, 2017 - TBA

Event Location: TBD

Event Details

Leonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University.  He received his BA from Columbia University and his PhD from Harvard. Cassuto is the author or editor of seven books on American literature and culture. He is also an award-winning journalist who writes on subjects ranging from science to sports, in venues from The New York Times to salon.com. He writes a monthly column for the Chronicle of Higher Education called “The Graduate Adviser."

In his book The Graduate School Mess , Cassuto gets to the root of of lengthy time to degree and the absymal academic job market and offers concrete solutions for revitalizing graduate education in the humanities. He argues that universities’ heavy emphasis on research comes at the expense of teaching. But teaching is where reforming graduate school must begin. Cassuto says that graduate education must recover its mission of public service. Professors should revamp the graduate curriculum and broaden its narrow definition of success to allow students to create more fulfilling lives for themselves both inside and outside the academy. Cassuto frames the current situation foremost as a teaching problem: professors rarely prepare graduate students for the demands of the working worlds they will actually join. He gives practical advice about how faculty can teach and advise graduate students by committing to a student-centered approach.